Drunk Driving Accidents
Drunk driving accidents account for nearly 1/3 of all traffic deaths in the United States. “Driving under the influence of alcohol” (DUI) or “Driving While Intoxicated” (DWI) are the terms used for those who drink alcohol and get behind the wheel. Any person who causes a car accident while driving under the influence of alcohol (or other substance) is considered negligent under the law. However the law varies in its handling of alcohol-related driving offenses. Sadly, about one-quarter of all drivers arrested or convicted of driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of alcohol are repeat offenders.(2)
In Michigan, those serving alcohol to intoxicated individuals can also be held accountable. Michigan’s Dram Shop Act refers to the “unlawful selling, giving, or furnishing of alcoholic liquor to the minor or visibly intoxicated person.” This means that the establishment that furnishes the drunk driver alcohol may also be found liable. Under some circumstances even a social host (as opposed to a bar that is licensed by the State to serve alcohol) may be liable for the injuries caused by an intoxicated person.
If you or someone you know has been in a car accident resulting from drunk driving negligence, contact a DUI Accident lawyer at Hohauser Kuchon today. Our consultations are free. Our lawyers also make home and hospital visits free of charge.
2. Warren-Kigenyi, Nathan; Coleman, Heidi. “DWI Recidivism in the United States: An Examination of State-Level Driver Data and the Effect of Look-Back Periods on Recidivism Prevalence.” DOT HS 811 991. Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, March 2014.