Michigan and other states have passed strict laws prohibiting driving under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs (DUI). Most drivers understand that the sentence they’ll face if convicted is a heavy one. Nevertheless, too many drivers on Michigan roads choose to get behind the wheel even when they’ve had one too many. When a drunk driver causes a crash, the injuries can be serious.
In one ten-year period, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that over 266,000 U.S. residents lost their lives in drunk driving-related crashes – averaging one death about every thirty minutes. Although drunk drivers make up only about two percent of the drivers on the road at any given time, they cause approximately 50 percent of the car accidents. Drunk-driving-related car accidents cost Americans nearly $46 billion each year. Too often, it’s the others involved in the crash – the drivers and passengers who weren’t drinking at all – who pay the price.
Michigan drivers convicted of drunk driving face strict criminal penalties, which may include jail time, fines, community service, drug or alcohol treatment programs, and other requirements. These penalties “pay back” the community for the harm their drunk driving caused, but they may not adequately compensate those who were injured in a crash. The victims of a drunk driving crash may have to live with permanent injuries, the loss of a loved one, or the traumatic memories of the accident.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a drunk driver in Michigan, the experienced Southfield drunk driving victims’ attorneys at Lipton Law can help. To learn more about your legal rights and options, call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free and confidential consultation.