Pickup Truck Driver Arrested on Suspicion of DWI After 5 Injured in Crash
A woman from West Fargo was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated following a two-vehicle crash that left 5 people injured in Otter Tail County on June 23.
Police responded to reports of a crash on U.S. Highway 59 near Fish Lake Road at around 8:45 p.m. on Sunday night. According to investigators, 21-year-old Mikaela M. Kujanson was driving westbound on Fish Lake Road and failed to yield before pulling out in front of an SUV being driven by 35-year-old Andy J. Stearns on Highway 59.
Police said that the SUV t-boned Kujanson’s pickup truck. Both drivers suffered non-life-threatening injuries and three passengers in Stearns’ vehicles were also injured in the crash. These passengers have been identified as 33-year-old Jolee E. Miedema, 1-year-old Cade E. Miedema, and 7-year-old Hayli G. Stearns. They were all brought to Essentia Health in Detroit Lakes for treatment.
Kujanson was arrested on DWI charges and was treated at Lake Region Healthcare in Fergus Falls.
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Financial Compensation Available to People Injured by Drunk Drivers in Minnesota
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents people who have been injured by drunk drivers, helping them fight for the financial compensation they need and deserve. Here is Brian with some general thoughts on the legal options available to people who have been hit by drunk drivers in Minnesota:
In the United States, people who have been injured by drunk drivers often have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who hit them. In Minnesota and several other states, these injured individuals also may have grounds for a lawsuit against the alcohol vendor who served that driver prior to the crash. This second type of lawsuit is called a “dram shop” claim.
Dram shop claims are only available under certain conditions. According to the dram shop laws in Minnesota, people who have been injured by intoxicated individuals may have grounds for a dram shop claim against an alcohol vendor if the vendor “illegally sold” alcohol to that intoxicated individual.
Illegal sales under Minnesota law include those made to people under age 21 and to individuals who were “obviously intoxicated.”
This means that if you were injured by a drunk driver who was under the legal drinking age or visibly intoxicated when a vendor served them, you could have grounds for both a personal injury lawsuit against that individual and a dram shop claim against the business that sold that person alcohol.
You can learn more about your legal options after being hit by a drunk driver in Minnesota in a free consultation with an experienced drunk driving injury victims lawyer.
The Intersection of US-59 and Fish Lake Road in Dunn Township, MN
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