Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers
Being the victim of a drunk-driving accident can happen to even the safest of Minnesota drivers. There is a strong relationship between alcohol and the severity of crashes with alcohol being involved in 6% of minor injury crashes, 11% of moderate injury crashes, 19% of severe injury crashes, and 33% of all fatalities. In 2014, there were 88 drunk-driving deaths on Minnesota roads according to the 2014 Minnesota Motor Vehicle Impaired Driving Facts Report. That number rose to 95 deaths during 2015, approximately 23% of all traffic fatalities. There were more than 25,000 DWI arrests in Minnesota in 2015, with June being the most dangerous month and 55% of all alcohol-related injuries occurring during weekends. Statistics show that one out of every seven licensed drivers in Minnesota has a DWI on their record.
If you’ve been injured as a result of a drunk driver, or if someone you know has been injured or killed as a result of a drunk driver, contact Meshbesher & Spence for a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. Our Minnesota drunk driving accident lawyers have experience in all of the different aspects of these cases and can help you recover damages for your injuries.
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- Lost wages, future earnings and earning capacity
- Past, present and future medical bills
- Pain, suffering and emotional distress
- Permanent injury and disability
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Wrongful death and funeral expenses
- Property damage and car rental
- Replacement services
- And other general damages
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The lawyers at Meshbesher & Spence are here to help. We have the experience and knowledge to make sure that you are fairly compensated. We are prepared to work diligently to make sure you are appropriately compensated for your medical expenses and physical and emotional suffering.
As the victim of an accident, you may face lost wages, unmanageable medical bills, repair bills, out of pocket expenses, and a mountain of complicated insurance claims. The insurance companies have experienced attorneys looking out for their interests. We believe you should have the very best attorneys looking out for you. Meshbesher & Spence has more than 50 years of experience of representing injured individuals and families and we will fight to get the compensation you deserve.
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When you hire Meshbesher & Spence, you will not be asked to pay any attorney fees or out of pocket expenses until you receive compensation for your injuries. In the event that you do not recover compensation for your injuries, you will not be asked to pay anything. This means that you have no reason not to hire the experienced law firm of Meshbesher & Spence. It is important to act immediately to protect your rights. Call Meshbesher & Spence to speak with a lawyer to discuss your potential claim. You will receive a free consultation, and our personal injury lawyers are available to visit you in the hospital, at home, at one of our five office locations, or any place that is most convenient for you.
So, what can you do reduce your risk of becoming a traffic statistic?
Avoid These Top Causes of Traffic Accidents:
1. DISTRACTED DRIVING
Research at the American Automobile Association’s Traffic Safety Division says that between 25-50% of all motor vehicle crashes are caused by distracted driving. Distracted driving includes:
Talking on cell phones
Looking away from the road at scenery
Engaging with passengers or children
Adjusting the radio, cassette or CD player
Reading books, maps, newspapers or other documents
2. DRUNK DRIVING
The NHTSA reports that drunk drivers accounted for approximately 32% of all traffic fatalities in the United States last year. The only way to prevent this type of accident is to not drink and drive. Your best bet is to designate a sober driver in advance if you plan to consume alcohol.
Speed is one of the deadliest factors in any car accident. Not only does increased speed reduce the time you have to avoid a crash, but it also increases your risk of crashing, and it magnifies severity of the accident.
Remembering to obey posted speed limits and observing the basic speed law (never drive faster than is safe for current weather conditions) will go a long way toward making the roads safer for everyone.
4. AGGRESSIVE DRIVING
In 2009, Minnesota’s HEAT (High Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic) Program defined aggressive driving as “Driving in a manner that presents a threat to other drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and/or bicyclists.”
Aggressive driving includes:
Unlawful or unsafe speeds
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Texting while driving
Failure to follow traffic signals (running red lights/stop signs)
Failure to yield
Following at an unsafe distance
Unsafe or illegal lane changes (weaving in and out of traffic)
Driving without a seatbelt and/or improperly belted/seated child
If you find yourself in traffic with an aggressive driver, try to keep your distance, changing lanes once it’s safe to do so. Do not attempt to pass an aggressive driver. If the driver is behind you, remain calm and adhere to all speed and safety laws – do not interact with the driver with gestures, words or other signals. If the situation escalates or you feel endangered, call 911 and report the aggressive driver.
5. INCLEMENT WEATHER
Heavy rain, hail, snow, ice, high winds and fog can make driving conditions much more difficult. Make sure you adhere to the basic speed law, traveling only as fast conditions allow, and that you provide yourself with extra time to stop and additional space between you and the car in front of you. If conditions are really bad and you feel nervous or unsure, pull off to a rest stop or restaurant until weather conditions improve.
Though accidents aren’t completely avoidable no matter how careful a driver you may be, avoiding the top 5 causes of accidents can greatly reduce your risk of being involved in a car accident.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, contact Meshbesher & Spence for a consultation with our personal injury attorneys. Our attorneys are available to visit you in the hospital, in your home, or in our offices, and they will help you determine if you will be able to recover damages for your injuries.
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Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers