What Constitutes Drunk Driving Under Michigan Law?
Under Michigan law, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle at or above
a .08 Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level. Michigan’s .08 BAC
per se law was set to expire in 2013, but fortunately, the law has been
extended until 2018. Therefore, any person who causes a Michigan car accident
while driving under the influence of alcohol of a BAC level at or above
.08 is considered negligent and will be convicted of a DUI.
Legal Options for DUI Victims & Surviving Family Members
Injured victims or family members of those killed in drunk driving accidents
do have legal rights and may be able to pursue several avenues of potential
reimbursement for an individual’s injuries or death.
In Michigan, injured victims or their surviving family members may be able
Personal injury lawsuit - This type of lawsuit is filed against the individual drunk driver for
the injuries that arose out of the accident. Injured victims can sue for
compensatory (pain and suffering) and punitive damages (damages intended
to deter the negligent driver from engaging in similar conduct again)
Michigan dram shop lawsuit - This type of lawsuit is brought under and controlled by the Michigan
Dram Shop Law. Dram shop lawsuits are filed against the retail liquor
licensee that sold the alcohol to the drunk driver. A retail liquor licensee
can include a bar, restaurant, or generally any establishment that served
alcohol to the drunk driver. In these claims, our attorneys are able to
help clients obtain a significant amount of additional compensation for
Michigan no-fault insurance lawsuit - Michigan is a no-fault state, meaning persons injured in a motor vehicle
accident (this would include pedestrians involved in a drunk driving crash)
are entitled to valuable economic benefits from their own insurance company.
Valuable economic benefits can include coverage for medical bill expenses,
wage loss, replacement services (help with household chores), attendant
care services (in-home nursing care), and more. Even if you do not have
insurance, you still may be entitled to such benefits depending on your
Wrongful death lawsuit - This type of lawsuit is brought by the family members of the deceased
victim and seeks compensation and damages for loved one’s medical
bills and hospitalization costs, funeral expenses, lost future wages,
and loss of companionship.
Retain the Skilled Representation of Our Detroit Personal Injury Lawyers
The laws in Michigan for cases related to drunk driving accidents are very
complex and require the knowledge of an experienced attorney who understands
the law and regularly handles these types of claims. Having the right
personal injury attorney on your side can change the outcome of your case entirely.
Our legal team has significant experience in handling these cases and is
not afraid to go to trial for our clients. We work for you and will lead
you through the entire process, including documenting evidence, investigating
and finding witnesses, filing a claim, and building value to your case
to ensure you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries. We have
obtained million-dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients over
To learn more about how we can assist you,
please reach out to our firm today.