This Sunday, a large percentage of television sets in homes and business establishments throughout Michigan will likely be tuned in to the XLIX Super Bowl. For many Michigan residents, regardless of what teams are playing, Super Bowl Sunday is an annual tradition and one that includes friends, football, food and alcoholic beverages.
Individuals who plan to drink and watch the game at a bar or away from home would be wise to plan for a sober ride home. According to the Michigan State Police, last year police officers throughout the state arrested 45 drivers for drunk driving during Super Bowl weekend. The last thing anyone wants on Super Bowl Sunday is for a celebratory event to end in a tragic accident caused by a drunk driver.
In cases where an individual or a loved one is injured or killed in a car accident in which one of the drivers involved was drinking, legal action may be taken to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and disability. For individuals who plan to take legal action, an attorney who handles car accident cases can assist in filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against a negligent driver.
In any personal injury or wrongful death case, to recover compensation it's necessary to prove that a defendant acted in a negligent manner while operating a motor vehicle. Negligence may be proven in cases where a defendant failed to obey traffic laws, was driving recklessly or too fast for road conditions. Additionally, a police report that details a defendant's arrest for drunk driving provides proof of his or her negligence in causing or contributing to an accident.
Source: FindLaw.com, "Car Accident Basics," 2015