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Minneapolis Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

Injured by a Drunk Driver?

At Lord + Heinlein, we have a unique personal understanding of the impact a drunk driving-related accident can have on an injured person or the family of someone killed by a drunk driver. In 1989 our Managing Partner, Priscilla Lord, lost her 19 year-old son to a drunk driver. We understand the anguish of being injured or losing a loved one due to another’s selfish decision to get behind the wheel after drinking.

First Steps to Take if You Are Injured by a Drunk Driver

  1. Call the police and try to keep the at-fault driver at the scene. Make sure you gather the at-fault driver's information, including name, contact information, and insurance policy information.
  2. Seek emergency medical attention.
  3. Photograph your injuries both immediately and throughout the healing process. Also photograph any property damage, including damage to your vehicle.
  4. Contact an experienced auto accident attorney.
  5. Keep a journal to record your pain as you heal, so you can recall this later.

You have the same rights as any victim of a car crash, plus the potential right to additional compensation from a bar if it can be proven that they overserved alcohol to the at-fault driver. This is known type of action is known as a Dram Shop lawsuit. Under Minn. Stat. § 304A.801, a liquor establishment (usually a bar, restaurant, or liquor store) can be held liable for injuries stemming from the intoxication of the drunk driver, if the sale was illegal.

Generally, illegal sales include:

1. Sales to a minor.

2. Sales to an obviously intoxicated person

3. Sales made during a prohibited time of day/day of the week.

How We Can Help You

We are trusted personal injury attorneys and have 40+ years of combined legal experience and a proven track record of representing victims of drunk driving in Minnesota. We also help people like you with a level of personal investment that most firms cannot match. Here are 5 reasons to speak to us if you've been injured in a drunk driving accident in Minnesota:

  • We listen – Our personal attention uncovers key details others miss
  • We are tough – We doggedly pursue the best result and aren't afraid to take on big insurance companies
  • We are experienced and trusted – We have 40+ years of combined legal expertise and a proven track record of success
  • We use a team approach – We collaborate to strategize a winning solution
  • We are accessible – Your attorney is always easy to reach

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a no-fault claim?
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What is a bodily injury claim?
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Will I be able to be compensated if the at-fault driver has no or a very low amount of auto insurance?
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Can I bring a dram shop claim against a bar or restaurant so they can be held liable for damages caused by an intoxicated patron?
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What Is Social Host liability?
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Why Is Social Host liability important?

Free Resources

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What is My Case Worth
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Social Host Law
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No Fault Survivor Benefits
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Information for Victims of Drunk Driving
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Civil Laws vs. Criminal Laws
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Common Law vs. Statutory Law
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Anatomy of a Lawsuit