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Personal Injury Cases in the News

Personal Injury Cases in the News


     The Morning Sun newspaper recently reported that the estate of a Michigan man killed in a fatal crash has filed suit against the negligent driver and two bars at which the driver was earlier a patron. The suit alleges that the driver’s blood alcohol content exceeded the lawful limit by almost three times, being at .20, and the primary cause of his personal injury.

     In Michigan, a statute allows an injured person, or the estate of their decedent, killed by an intoxicated person to bring suit against the intoxicated person and the business that furnished the alcoholic drink.  See: MCL 436.1801. There are many features to the statute which can be troublesome. First, there is a mandatory notice requirement and a shortened statute of limitations. Also, the injured person has a huge burden of proof in establishing that alcohol was sold when it should have been apparent that the person was already visibly intoxicated.  Competent legal assistance is needed to meet these challenges.

     If you, or a loved one, has been injured by an intoxicated driver, or the many other contexts that entail a personal injury, you may have a claim against the establishment that sold him or her alcoholic drinks. Guy Vining will be pleased to have a consultation with you at no charge to discuss your circumstances. Please feel free to call.

Guy Vining practices personal injury law from his Metro-Detroit office in Taylor, Michigan. He has represented clients in personal injury actions for over 25 years in such areas as: car, boat, motorcycle, and truck accidents; slip, trip, and falls including black ice and defective design; medical and dental malpractice, denial of insurance benefits for wages, medical and home assistance to automobile accident victims.

Accident/Negligence Law: Boating and Watercraft Injuries

Accident/Negligence Law
Boating and Watercraft Injuries

The San Jose Mercury News reported the death of a 16 year old girl in Hawaii which prompted a civil suit. The suit charged that a watercraft/jet ski crash was due to the negligence of another watercraft operator.

Guy Vining of the Vining Law Group has represented several injured individuals in the past in cases arising out of negligent operation of boats. It’s great to live in the Great Lakes area and enjoy water sport opportunities, however, individuals engaging in recreational activities are still held to a standard of care as to avoid actions which are foreseeably dangerous. In other words, an operator of a watercraft, just as the operator of an automobile, must operate in accordance with a duty to do so in a careful manner.
Due to the speeds often involved, as well as, wave and wind action, significant forces are often involved with boat and other watercraft accidents. Couple that with the absence of seat belts and other safety equipment and it is easy to see how negligent operations of boats and other watercraft equals a recipe for disaster. Mix in a bottle of cold beer or another alcoholic drink on a hot day and — a day which started with the broadest of smiles can end with a trip to the Emergency Room or worse.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a jet ski, boat, or other watercraft/boating accident and you would like to discuss your rights, call Guy Vining. Telephone conference and initial consultations are always free of charge. Usually, there is never an out-of-pocket attorney fee for personal injury cases as these matters are handled on a contingency fee basis.

Guy Vining, an experience personal injury attorney, in metro-Detroit, maintains his office in Taylor, Michigan, where he serves the downriver communities of Monroe, South Rockwood, Gibraltar, Brownstown Township, Grosse Ile, Woodhaven, Trenton, Southgate, Riverview, Allen Park, Lincoln Park, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Westland, Wayne, and Ecorse. If you or a family member or friend would like a no-obligation, no cost, consultation/financial analysis, just call or Email Guy Vining of Vining Law Group, P.L.C. to schedule a meeting.