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Drunk Driving

Columbus Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers

Suing Drunk Drivers for the Damage They Cause

Were you hit by a drunk driver while driving through Columbus, Ohio? You should be paid fair compensation from them, and Ross, Midian & Breitmayer, LLC can help you pursue those damages. Our team is familiar with all sorts of car accident cases, including those caused by intoxicated motorists who responsibility thought they could drive safely after drinking alcohol.

In the average year, about 10,000 people in the United States will lose their lives due to drunk driving. We want to help bring that number down by holding drunk drivers in our communities and cities accountable for what they have done. Losing a lawsuit and paying higher monthly premiums are sometimes the only ways to make a drunk driver change their ways. If you are ready to seek compensation and benefit your community as a whole, then please call us at (614) 450-2223 today.

Want a free consultation with our Columbus drunk driving accident attorneys? Contact us online.

Criminal Vs. Civil Actions After a Drunk Driving Accident

It is illegal for any driver in Ohio to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.08 or higher. It is also illegal to drive with a BAC level above 0.00 if that driver begins to drive dangerously due to the influence of alcohol. When a drunk driver is pulled over, arrested, charged, and convicted, they can face a variety of penalties imposed by the criminal justice system, including paying high fines and serving time behind bars. The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) can also suspend or revoke their driver’s license.

However, it is important that you know that the criminal justice system is separate from any civil actions you can take against the drunk driver who hit you. If they are convicted for drunk driving, then the court will more than likely take zero interest in your damages and injuries. To get those matters resolved, you will need to take civil action, which means filing an injury claim against them.

Important elements of a drunk driving accident claim are:

  • Liability determinations
  • Evidence that proves liability
  • Damage calculations
  • Arguments that show why those damages should be paid

Our attorneys can help you work on all aspects of your drunk driving accident claim. If the drunk driver who hit you was convicted for driving under the influence (DUI) or operating a vehicle impaired (OVI), then we can use that conviction as further evidence for your arguments in your civil claim.

Who is Liable for a Drunk Driving Accident?

When you have been hurt by a drunk driver, you should hold them liable for your damages to the full extent of your abilities, which might mean the full extent of our abilities as experienced Columbus drunk driving accident attorneys. Could there be another party who is liable for your injuries, though? What about the people who provided the drunk driver with the alcohol they consumed before driving?

Ohio’s dram shop law is extremely limited. It does not allow you to sue a social host for intoxicating a driver who later causes a crash. You might be able to sue an alcohol vendor, but the chances are slim due to the narrowness of the law.

You can sue an alcohol vendor if they:

  • Negligently allowed a patron to get intoxicated on their property before causing a drunk driving accident on that same property.
  • Knowingly sold alcohol to a minor under 21 or to a visibly intoxicated person who later caused a drunk driving accident.

Both of these situations are uncommon, and they are also both difficult to prove. However, you shouldn’t automatically assume that you can’t hold additional parties liable for your injuries. Leave that investigation and determination up to our insightful team of attorneys.

Guidance & Support from Locals You Can Believe In

Ross, Midian & Breitmayer, LLC is proud to offer compassionate, professional legal counsel to clients in need. If you were hit by an intoxicated driver, then you should reach out to our Columbus drunk driving accident lawyers as soon as possible. We would like to get you started with an absolutely free, no-obligation case evaluation. During this initial conversation, we can help you figure out if you have a credible claim to compensation, as well as what to do next if you do. All we ask is for a little bit of your time.

Please call (614) 450-2223 to connect with our law firm today.

Client Testimonials

Real Stories From Real People We've Helped
  • We were treated like family members.

    “They kept us informed about everything and explained everything carefully to make sure we understood. We have recommended Brian on numerous occasions to our family and friends. Brian and his staff are professional, reliable, and more than competent.”

    - P.K.
  • Helped me through each step.

    “Got my case resolved, and they helped me through each step of the way! I would definitely recommend them.”

    - C.H.
  • RMB was great to work with.

    “They worked with me to reach a settlement I felt comfortable with, instead of the first two low offers the opposing counsel made. All of my calls were returned in a timely manner (if not answered when placed).”

    - B.L.
  • I never had to wonder how things were going.

    “George was great to work with following a personal injury accident. He explored every single option to achieve the results we were looking for. RMB was also excellent at keeping me updated on the progress of my case.”

    - J.B.
  • Thank you for all you have done.

    “Mr. Ross went out of his way to help me through a difficult time. He and his office kept me informed every step of the way and went above and beyond to win my case.”

    - K.H.
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There Is No Substitute for Results

We've Recovered Millions for Injured Clients
  • Bus Passenger Accident $300,000

    The client was a passenger on a bus, which ran off the road into a ditch causing two compression fractures in his low back (non-surgical).

  • Motor Vehicle Accident $250,000 Policy Limits

    Client was involved in head on collision which required extraction.

  • Motor Vehicle Accident $250,000 Policy Limits

    Client was struck by vehicle that ran a stop sign. Multiple fractures.

  • Motor Vehicle Accident $200,000

    Multiple-impact, rear-end collision resulting in multiple disc herniations.

  • Motor Vehicle Accident $185,000

    Client was struck by vehicle that ran a stop sign.

  • Motor Vehicle Accident $185,000

    Client was struck by vehicle that ran stop sign and rolled Jeep. Client walked away but subsequently developed shoulder injuries.

  • Motorcycle Crash $150,000

    Defendant came across three lanes of traffic and struck client who was on his motorcycle. Client suffered substantial “road rash” and a knee injury (non-surgical).

  • Motor Vehicle Accident $100,000 Policy Limits

    Client was rear-ended causing low back injury requiring fusion surgery.

  • T-Bone Accident $90,000

    The defendant failed to stop at a red light and T-boned the client on the passenger side of her vehicle.

  • Motor Vehicle Accident $90,000

    Client was struck by vehicle that ran a stop sign, causing a concussion, vertigo, right ankle injury, and right wrist injury.

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Our Promise to Our Clients

Why You Can Count on Us to Fight for You
  • Guidance & Support

    Our experienced attorneys will handle everything connected to your claim, so that you can focus on your recovery.

  • Client-First Approach

    We pride ourselves on our client-first approach, which compels us to treat each client like a close friend or family member.

  • Trial Experience

    We possess extensive trial experience and are not afraid to take your case to trial to fight for the justice you deserve.

  • Undivided Attention

    At RMB, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with the responsiveness & attentiveness that they need and deserve. 

Your Injury is Personal to Us

If you schedule an appointment with us, you will have one of our lawyers (not a paralegal or admin), at your home or place of business to answer all the questions you have about your claim. There is no bait and switch with RMB. If you choose us, WE will handle your injury claim from beginning to end.