Minnesota Vikings fans have had their hearts broken many times over the years, but a Vikings loss is no excuse for driving drunk and hurting other people in a car accident. Drinking alcohol reduces a person’s judgment, reflexes and senses to the point that driving safely is impossible.

Mayor admits to DUI car accident

Recently, the mayor of Eagan, Mike Maguire, admitted that he was driving drunk when he crashed his car into a snowdrift on Jan. 11, the day the Vikings lost in the playoffs. Maguire says he watched the game and made “an exceedingly poor decision to drive” after the game was over. He lost control and rolled into a snowbank. Thankfully, no other vehicles were involved.

Police arrested him for DUI and determined that his blood-alcohol level was .19, more than twice the legal limit in Minnesota. The arresting officer said that Maguire smelled of alcohol and had trouble keeping his balance at the scene.

Though the car accident happened four months ago, Maguire did not publicly address the incident in detail until recently. He apologized for drinking and driving and said he was “embarrassed” and “disappointed” in himself.

The dangers posed by drunk drivers

Drunk driving poses a menace to motorists and passengers across Minnesota. Every year, thousands of people in Minnesota are badly hurt in auto accidents through no fault of their own, but because a drunk driver has lost control and crashed into them, or sped through a red light and t-boned their vehicle, or any other scenario that intoxicated motorists can cause.

If you were injured in a collision with an impaired driver, your time to pursue compensation may be running out. Contact a qualified personal injury lawyer to find out the timeline, and your options for moving forward.