THE MINNEAPOLIS CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS AT THE SCHMIDT SALITA LAW TEAM HAVE HANDLED CASES INVOLVING CLIENTS INJURED BY DRUNK DRIVERS.
Even In Alcohol-Related Accidents, Insurance Claims Are The Best Bet
Before you race to the courthouse and file your lawsuit, it may be best to start by talking settlement with the other driver’s insurance company. In every state, drivers are required to carry a certain minimum amount of car insurance. And, if you file a third-party claim against the drunk driver’s car insurance carrier, letting them know you intend to seek full compensation for your injuries and losses resulting from the accident, you may be surprised at the settlement offer you receive.
If There Was a DUI Conviction, You’ve Got a Great Case
There are very few scenarios where insurance companies will bend over backwards to avoid a lawsuit, but a surefire one is when their insured in convicted of DUI or DWI in connection with a car accident. Insurance companies know that, if the lawsuit against their insured goes to trial and a jury is allowed to decide on a monetary award for a sympathetic plaintiff who has been hit by a drunk driver, they’re going to end up paying through the proverbial nose. So an injury settlement, even one that is on the high end, is in their best interest.
If you live in one of the dozen or so states that follow no-fault car insurance rules, your options will be more limited, at least at the outset. You’ll need to turn to your own personal injury protection (PIP) coverage to get your medical bills paid, even though the drunk driver was at fault for the accident. But every no-fault state also has a threshold which, allows an injured person to pursue a liability claim or personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver. If your injuries meet your state’s definition of “serious injuries,” or your medical bills are high enough, you can step outside the confines of the no-fault system.
Alcohol impairment is a factor in nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities. In 2017, 10,874 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver, 29 percent of all fatalities.1
State and local law enforcement officials work year-round to identify alcohol-impaired drivers and get them off our roads. At specific times throughout the year, these efforts are amplified through the national drunk driving crackdown, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, organized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. GHSA’s member State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) work with their state and local law enforcement partners on this campaign, which combines high visibility law enforcement and public awareness and education campaigns to deter or detect drunk drivers. Many states also conduct sobriety checkpoints throughout the year.
Many drunk drivers are repeat offenders. To prevent those convicted of drunk driving from making the same bad decision again, ignition interlocks are often employed. These devices analyze a driver’s breath and disable the engine if alcohol is detected. Judges can mandate that all or a portion of convicted drunk drivers install interlocks in their cars for a specified period of time. All states now operate some type of ignition interlock program.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team Handles a Wide Variety of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team handles cases involving car accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian car accidents, and bicycle accidents. It has many years’ experience in workers , products liability and medical malpractice cases.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team has extensive experience with concussion injuries, traumatic brain injuries, neck and back injuries, whiplash injuries, broken bones, injured joint injuries (knee, hip, shoulder, wrist, ankle, spinal), amputation injuries, and vision and eye injuries.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team has offices through out the State of Minnesota. Its primary location is at Ridgedale Office Center in Minnetonka, near the intersection of I394 and I494. The offices offer handicap accessible with ample parking.
The Schmidt Salita Team Offers Contingent Fee Arrangements.
The firm offers contingent fee agreements (You don’t pay lawyers fees until you collect and then only as a percentage of the settlement). It also offers home and hospital visits to clients whose injuries present difficulty in coming to the office.
“PERSONAL INJURY WITH PERSONAL ATTENTION TO EACH CASE”.
The Schmidt Salita Law Team has locations throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Osseo, Anoka, Coon Rapids, Brooklyn Center, Fridley, Blaine, Shoreview, Woodbury, Falcon Heights, Columbia Park, Stillwater, Hastings, Inver Grove, Cottage Grove, South St. Paul, Apple Valley, Eagan, Burnsville, Savage, Shakopee, Richfield, Bloomington, Chaska, Chanhassen, Edina, Eden Prairie, and Hopkins.