Kalamazoo & Grand Rapids DUI Accident Attorneys

Handling Serious DUI Accident Claims in West Michigan

Thousands of Michigan drivers are arrested each year on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, and many more engage in this unsafe behavior without being caught by law enforcement. These drivers pose a significant risk to the health and safety of everyone else on the road.

In Michigan, drunk drivers are responsible for hundreds of car accidents each year, many of which cause serious injuries to innocent victims. With offices in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, and Paw Paw, the experienced personal injury lawyers at Willis Law work hard to hold negligent drivers accountable and to obtain maximum compensation for injured clients. We have a long history of success — just see what our past clients have to say about their experiences working with our firm.

We encourage you to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your situation and learn about your rights. We will arrange to meet you at a convenient time and location if your injuries prevent you from traveling to our offices.

Reach out to us today at (888) 461-7744 to speak with our Kalamazoo & Grand Rapids DUI accident lawyers. 

Filing an Injury Claim in DUI Accidents in MI

An alcohol-related crash does not require a driver to be at or above the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit of 0.08%. Alcohol affects each individual differently, meaning that a driver could be impaired with a BAC well below the legal limit. Our Kalamazoo drunk driving accident lawyers carefully review each case and aggressively pursue compensation whenever alcohol is a contributing factor in a car accident.

Pursuing Compensation from the Drunk Driver

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a criminal offense in Michigan. Our state’s criminal justice system prosecutes individuals accused of DUI. In addition to criminal charges, however, irresponsible drivers who commit DUI can also face civil penalties. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, you have the right to file a personal injury claim and seek compensation for the damages you have sustained. Even if the driver is not convicted through the criminal justice system, you can still pursue your civil claim.

If you were injured by a drunk or impaired driver, you may be able to recover:

  • Compensatory damages: These are damages to cover medical bills, property damage, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, and pain and suffering you endured as a result of the driver’s actions
  • Punitive damages: If you can show that the driver consciously disregarded your rights and safety, you may be able to recover punitive damages, which are intended to punish the negligent driver and deter them from driving drunk again
  • Wrongful death damages: If you lost a family member in a drunk driving accident, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages, and loss of companionship

Dram Shop Laws

In some cases, our drunk driving accident lawyers in Kalamazoo may recommend filing a claim against the business that sold alcohol to the drunk driver who caused your accident. Under Michigan’s Dram Shop Act, it is illegal for a “retail agent” to sell alcohol to anyone who is visibly impaired. There is a statute of limitations for dram shop actions, so be sure to discuss your case with our attorneys as soon as possible.

Contact Willis Law Today

Do not leave money on the table. Your best chance to maximize your recovery is to discuss your situation with an experienced personal injury attorney at our firm. With decades of combined experience, we have what it takes to build a strong case on your behalf.

Please schedule a free initial consultation by contacting us online or by calling (888) 461-7744. We look forward to learning more about your situation.

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