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Minneapolis Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer minneapolis

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 are the first things I should I do if I am in a car, truck or other motor vehicle accident?
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What are the possible insurance claims a victim has following an automobile or truck accident?
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What is a no-fault claim?
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Who will cover my medical expenses after my car accident?
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Will No Fault Insurance cover my lost wages?
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Will No-fault insurance pay for help around the house if I am so injured that I can't do household tasks?
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What kind of financial help can I get if my loved one was killed in a car crash?
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Can No-fault insurance stop paying me?
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What is no-fault stacking coverage and should I make sure I have it?
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What types of crashes are not covered under the no-fault act?
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What is a bodily injury claim?
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Do I get any no-fault benefits if a loved one has died in a car/truck crash?
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What are “tort thresholds” and why must my claim reach them before I can sue the at-fault driver?
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What is the value of my bodily injury (“liability”) 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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After an accident, who pays for repairs to my vehicle?
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If my automobile is repairable what obligation does the insurance company have to make repairs?
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How is the value of my car determined?
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What if my vehicle is a total loss?
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What happens if my car is totaled and I owe more on my car loan than the insurance company will pay me?
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What steps must the insurance company take in covering the cost of my totaled vehicle?
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If I put a lot of money into repairing the vehicle before the accident, will I get reimbursement?
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Will the at-fault driver’s insurance company pay my deductible for property damage to my vehicle?
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If my automobile is considered a total loss, will I be reimbursed for any of the fees I have paid the state for the ownership of my car?
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What if some of my personal property was damaged in the crash?
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Will I get a rental car while mine is being repaired?
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What if the insurance company refuses to pay me for the damage to my automobile?
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What if my car is damaged, but no one was harmed?
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What are my legal rights if I am injured by a drunk driver"
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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 things must be proven in court when bringing a Dram Shop Claim?
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Who has the right to sue the bar that over-served the drunk driver who seriously injured or killed another person?
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Can I punish the drunk driver who caused our crash and the resulting injuries and death?
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What Is Social Host liability?
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Why Is Social Host liability important?
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When and why would I bring a wrongful death claim in my loved one's death?
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How much time do I have to file a wrongful death claim in Minnesota?
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What are the steps that are followed in order to bring a lawsuit?
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How has tort reform affected the amount of money a plaintiff wins from a jury verdict?
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How are Criminal Trials different than Civil Trials?
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Can you explain the difference between the burden of proof needed at criminal trials vs civil trials?
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What is the difference between "Common Law" and "Statutory Law"?
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Why do we need plaintiff's lawyers?

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