Drunk driving is a serious problem in America. Every day, over 30 people lose their lives to drunk driving accidents in the United States.
According to the Michigan Traffic Crash Data published by the Michigan State Police, in 2021 there were 9,557 crashes in Michigan involving alcohol and 357 drunk driving fatalities.
If you or a loved one were the victim of a Detroit drunk driving accident, a Detroit drunk driving lawyer from our legal team at The Lee Steinberg Law Firm can help. We are committed to fighting for our client’s rights and helping them win the high-value settlements they deserve for all they have endured.
According to Michigan Impaired Driving Law, drunk driving is any operation of a vehicle after alcohol has been consumed. A driver can be arrested with any BAC (blood alcohol concentration) if they exhibit signs of impairment while operating a motor vehicle.
However, criminal charges and citations for drunk driving can vary depending on the specific BAC level and the damages that resulted from the accident.
In Michigan, it is considered a crime when a driver has a BAC of .08 or greater if over the age of 21 and .02 or greater for those under 21. For anyone driving with a BAC of .17 or higher, Michigan law comes with enhanced penalties.
If the BAC is below .17 and it is a first-time drunk driving offense, the driver consequences are as follows:
- Up to a $500 fine
- Up to 93 days in prison
- Up to 360 hours of community service
- 6 points on the driving record/driver’s license
- Up to 180 days of license suspension
If the BAC is .17 or higher and it is a first-time drunk driving offense, these are the consequences:
- Up to a $700 fine
- Up to 180 days in prison
- Up to 360 hours of community service
- 6 points on the driving record/license
- Up to one year of license suspension
- Mandatory completion of an alcohol treatment program
- Ignition interlock device (a breathalyzer) to operate a vehicle
- More than 5 million people are attacked and bitten by dogs each year in America
- Almost 50% of dog attacks and bites happen to children
- 1 in 5 people who are bitten by a dog end up needing medical attention
- Every day, nearly 1,000 people require emergency care for dog bites in the U.S.
- Close to 13,000 people are hospitalized due to severe dog bites annually
- Dog bites usually happen because the dog feels scared or threatened or because they are trying to protect their owners
- 81% of dog bites only cause minor injuries
- 25% of fatal dog attacks were inflicted by dogs who were chained up
- In 2018, close to 6,000 U.S. Postal Service employees were attacked by dogs
In most cases, the drunk driver is almost always at fault. However, there are rare cases when another party could be responsible for the accident that occurred.
Typically, the law uses something called Negligence Per Se to accuse drunk drivers of fault in an accident in which they were involved. This essentially means that the drunk driver is typically the one that carries the blame simply because they were breaking the law while driving drunk.
But, it is possible that the fact that they were drunk or driving impaired did not cause the accident.
For example, if the drunk driver was obeying all other traffic laws other than being drunk, but another driver ran a red light or was speeding, that driver — as opposed to the drunk driver — could actually be the one to blame.
A significant percentage of dog bites occur at home or places you are familiar with, according to the Humane Society. And just because you might be friends with the owner or related to them does not mean that you don’t have the right to pursue legal action against them.
Filing a claim or a lawsuit against a friend, neighbor, or family member might cause tension or a strained relationship, but it’s usually the best course of action. By filing a claim, the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance might cover the expenses rather than the owner having to pay you out of pocket.
As shown by the statistics above, thousands of mail carriers are attacked by dogs every year in the United States. And these same facts hold true for other delivery services. Delivery drivers for companies like GrubHub, Doordash, Postmates, and Uber Eats are all also common victims of dog attacks.
But what can you do as a delivery driver when you are attacked by a dog?
There are essentially two options in these situations.
- If you are an official employee of the company you drive for, you may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim to recover medical and lost wage benefits.
- The second option is to file a claim or lawsuit against the dog owner for damages, such as physical pain and suffering, emotional distress, permanent impairment, and scarring and disfigurement. In some situations, you may also be able to get medical bills and lost wages paid by the homeowners insurance company of the dog owner.
One myth about drunk driving in Michigan is that you won’t be covered by insurance if you get into an accident while drunk.
You can still be covered by your own no-fault insurance benefits if you were driving while drunk. However, keep in mind that if you are convicted of drunk driving as a crime, you could lose your insurance coverage and be denied coverage in the future.
You can also be sued by another party if you were driving impaired. And in this case, your insurance still must protect you from insurance settlements won in lawsuits.
The simple answer to this question is NO.
Detroit drunk driving accidents are essentially treated the same as driving while impaired by a controlled or intoxicating substance — a.k.a. drugs. If you are tested and found to have drugs in your system, you are considered to be intoxicated or impaired and can be charged with an offense or penalty the same as you would if you were drunk.
Detroit drunk driving accident cases are complex. Whether you are the drunk driver or the victim of a drunk driving accident, you will need to work with an experienced attorney to ensure the right party is held accountable.
Furthermore, you will need a Detroit drunk driving lawyer to help you obtain substantial evidence to prove the damages you have suffered as a result of the accident. The more concrete evidence you can provide that shows what happened and how badly your life has been affected, the higher value settlement you can win.
There are also many state-specific laws and regulations regarding drunk driving accidents that can make these cases more difficult than other car accidents. A local attorney in your area will know best how to deal with these laws while ensuring you receive the best possible outcome.
The Lee Steinberg Law Firm: Experienced Detroit Drunk Driving Lawyer
For over 40 years, The Lee Steinberg Law Firm has helped injured victims win their cases to collect the compensation they need and deserve. We care about the health and well-being of our clients. The results of a Detroit drunk drive accident can be traumatic—let us help you get the compensation you need to recover and move on as comfortably as possible.
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