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Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic and life altering event. The impact of an accident upon a victim can be even more overwhelming if the at-fault party was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident. If you have been injured in a Minnesota drunk driving accident, contact a Minnesota car accident lawyer today.
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It is well established that the use of alcohol and drugs can severely impact an individual’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. The State of Minnesota generally considers an individual to be illegally operating a motor vehicle if they have:
- an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more;
- an alcohol concentration of 0.04 or more, if the person was driving commercial motor vehicle; or
- the presence of a controlled substance in their system.
Minn. Stat. 169A.20
The involvement of alcohol or drugs in an accident can give rise a number of additional claims, including a claim of punitive damages against the at-fault impaired driver and a claim against any licensed liquor establishments or bars that illegally served the at-fault impaired driver (dramshop under the Minnesota Civil Damages Act, Minn. Stat. 340A.801). These types of claims are highly technical and require a skilled litigator that is experienced in prosecuting civil claims that involve intoxicated individuals.
If you have been injured in an accident or incident that involves a drunk or impaired driver, contact one of our attorneys today to set up a free consultation. Our attorneys will work diligently for you to provide the experienced representation you deserve.