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What Happens If You Get Hit By A Drunk Driver?

Drunk drivers are unpredictable. They often swerve across lanes, run red lights, excessively speed and fail to follow the rules of the road. Drunk drivers cause thousands of accidents each year, many resulting in significant injuries or even death.

At Lindner Law, LLC, we support the victims of drunk driving accidents. If you or a loved one was hit by a drunk driver in Wisconsin, we can help you pursue maximum compensation either in or out of court.

Should You File A Civil Claim After A Drunk Driving Accident?

Drunk driving accidents are unique in that they can have both criminal and civil implications. You can file a civil claim to pursue the same types of damages that you would after a standard car accident. These damages cover the financial hardships that an accident can cause and promote your long-term financial stability. With a personal injury claim, you could pursue compensation for:

  • Medical and rehabilitation costs
  • Lost current and future wages
  • Property damage
  • Disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages (in select situations)

Do not wait to hire a personal injury attorney to file a civil claim after a drunk driving crash, even if the drunk driver is being criminally charged. In Wisconsin, you have three years to file a personal injury claim before the statute of limitations expires. This may mean that you end up simultaneously pursuing a civil case while the State prosecutes the drunk driver criminally

Visit our blog to read more about your criminal and civil options after a drunk driving crash.

Is The Bar Or Restaurant Liable For Overserving The Drunk Driver?

In some jurisdictions, “dram shop” laws allow you to sue a bar, restaurant or another establishment for overserving a drunk driver. However, in Wisconsin, the law grants immunity to restaurants and tavern owners from civil liability arising out of the act of selling or giving away alcoholic beverages to another person. Under certain circumstances, it may be possible to sue a private individual who served a visibly inebriated guest.

Our personal injury attorneys will evaluate all aspects of your case to determine which parties may be held accountable for your injuries. Our aim is always to help you secure the maximum compensation possible under Wisconsin law.

Discuss Your Personal Injury Case During A Free Consultation

No one should have to suffer serious injuries due to another person’s negligence. If you were hit and injured by a drunk driver in Wisconsin, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Lindner Law, LLC, can help you pursue maximum compensation.

Call our Milwaukee office at 414-488-6870, Appleton office at 920-335-1342 or statewide at 888-217-1625. You may also contact us online. We represent clients throughout Wisconsin and can travel to you if you are unable to visit our office.