It is widespread knowledge that driving and alcohol and drug use do not mix. Still, that does not stop people from mixing the activities anyway, and the results are often disastrous and deadly.
According to Minnesota’s Department of Traffic Safety (DPS), alcohol-related crashes make up 33 percent of the state’s total traffic deaths every year. The office describes drunk driving as a “persistent problem,” and reports that in 2017, there were nearly 25,000 arrests for driving while intoxicated offenses (DWIs).
If a drunk driver caused your St. Paul injury traffic accident, you might be able to hold that driver responsible for your accident injuries and losses. While the driver may face criminal charges, you will need to pursue a civil case separately to hold the individual responsible for your accident-related injuries.
A St. Paul drunk driving accident lawyer with Ben Crump Law, PLLC, might be able to help you build your case if there is enough evidence to prove negligence and liability.
To learn more about your rights and explore the options for holding the impaired driver accountable, call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today at (800) 598-7557. A member of our legal team can help you schedule a free case review.
Civil Drunk Driving Accident Cases
The type of drunk driving case you are likely most familiar with is the criminal case filed against the impaired motorist. However, drivers can still face civil charges. A criminal conviction is not necessary to pursue a civil case and hold them accountable.
Reach out to the St. Paul team from Ben Crump Law, PLLC today to learn more about how these cases work and if you qualify to take legal action in your case.
For a free legal consultation with a drunk driving lawyer serving St. Paul, call (800) 598-7557
Navigating Minnesota’s No-Fault System
A St. Paul drunk driving accident lawyer might be able to help you step outside of the state’s no-fault auto insurance system established under Minn. Stat. Chapter 65B.42. This system forces those with minor or some moderate injuries to limit their insurance claim to only a claim based on their no-fault policy. This policy covers medical treatment and limited wage losses up to the policy limits.
When this is not enough, we might be able to help you take additional action to secure more compensation for your losses.
Who Should Be Held Liable for Your Accident-Related Expenses
When state laws allow, we want to ensure that drunk driving car accident victims do not have to pay for their losses from savings or other out-of-pocket sources. We believe in holding drunk drivers accountable, and this includes covering the costs related to the accident they caused while intoxicated.
Accident-related costs can include:
- Ambulance costs, emergency room care
- Medical costs for ongoing treatments
- Vehicle repairs or replacement
- Tow truck and yard storage fees
If necessary, we will take your case to civil court and ask that the judge and jury require the defendant to pay for your treatment and other expenses.
We Pursue Financial Awards Based on Contingency
Our team does not charge a retainer, and you will not need to pay any additional charges upfront for our services. Instead, we represent accident victims on a contingency fee basis. We receive our fees only if we secure a settlement for you.
To learn more about how traffic accidents and drunk driving accident cases work in St. Paul and elsewhere in the Twin Cities, reach out to Ben Crump Law, PLLC, for a complimentary review of your case. We can learn the details of your accident and answer your questions as you prepare for the next steps you want to take.
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Recoverable Expenses and Losses in a St. Paul Drunk Driving Accident
If you can file a fault-based auto liability claim or civil lawsuit in a Ramsey County, Minnesota, court, Ben Crump Law, PLLC, will offer to represent you through this process and seek financial recovery for your related expenses and losses. This includes current and future damages, as well as economic expenses and intangible losses.
Common types of losses in a car accident case in St. Paul include:
- Injury treatment and care costs
- Ongoing and future care expenses
- Lost wages and lost benefits if you missed work
- Diminished earning ability if you cannot return to work
- Property damage to your vehicle and other personal property
- Miscellaneous accident-related expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Other intangible losses
- Wrongful death losses
Statutes of Limitations on St. Paul Drunk Driving Civil Actions
We can negotiate for a fair settlement for you. This allows you to rest and focus on your recovery from the accident while we work for you. We might be able to reach a fair settlement agreement with the liable party following a St. Paul drunk driving accident. This amount should help you recover the costs of your accident.
If we need to take your case to trial, Minnesota sets deadlines for filing civil cases based on car accidents. This includes two years for injury accidents under MN Stat § 541.07(1) and three years in wrongful death cases under MN Stat § 573.02, Sub. 1.
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Speak to a Member of Our Legal Team Serving St. Paul
If you were a victim of a drunk driving accident in Ramsey County, Minnesota, you might be able to hold the impaired driver liable for your injuries and recover an award.
A St. Paul drunk driving accident lawyer from Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can help if you are able to file legal action under the state’s car insurance laws.
To learn more, call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today at (800) 598-7557 to schedule a free case review.