Michigan motorists hear a lot about drinking and driving. But most of the commercials, billboards, and even construction signs focus on those hurt. What happens to the drunk driver after he or she causes an accident?
When you have had too much to drink, one of the worst decisions you can make is to drive yourself home. You put everyone on the road in danger – including yourself.
Drunk Driving Injuries
Despite what you may have heard, drunk drivers get hurt and even killed when they get behind the wheel. Even if no one else is injured, a one car accident can ruin a drunk driver’s night, or even their life.
Your Michigan no-fault auto insurance will still cover your medical expenses if you are hurt while driving drunk. But if you are seriously injured, you will lose out on related costs like lost work behind 3 years, disability, and pain and suffering. That’s because in a drunk driving accident, you are the one at fault. You have no one else to point the finger, or the lawsuit, at but yourself. That could leave you and your family with a pile of bills you won’t be able to pay.
Drunk Driving Lawsuits
Even if you can’t file a lawsuit, as a drunk driver, you are probably going to end up in court. If you cause another motorist or passenger to be seriously injured, you and your liability insurance provider will be on the hook for damages above and beyond that person’s no-fault auto insurance coverage. If someone was killed or permanently disabled, you could be facing a million dollar jury verdict against you.
Criminal Drunk Driving Consequences
Drunk driving is illegal in Michigan. Even if you don’t get in an accident you could be facing jail time, fines, and the loss of your license. If your bad decision costs another person their life, you could be looking at serious prison time.
As part of your drunk driving sentence you will have to pay restitution to the injured victim’s family. Depending on how seriously they were hurt, that could eat up your savings and leave you paying restitution costs for years to come.
Christensen Law doesn’t want this to be your story. That’s why this Thanksgiving season, we are offering you a Safe Ride Home. On Thanksgiving Eve, if you find yourself having too much to drink, call a cab or Uber on us. That way everyone will get home safe for the holidays.
David Christensen is an auto accident attorney at Christensen Law in Southfield, Michigan. He represents those injured in drunk driving accidents against auto insurance companies and the at fault drivers. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, contact Christensen Law today for a free consultation.