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DUI Car Accident Involving a Drunk Driver in Arizona

Have you been hit by a drunk driver, or someone driving while on drugs, and injured because that driver was reckless? Being involved in a DUI Car Accident with an impaired driver is a serious crime that puts 112 million people at risk every year. By combining poor decisions with a dangerous habit, drunk drivers cause a number of severe accidents. These intoxicated mistakes lead to changed lives and altered futures.

If you have been hurt by one of these negligent drunk drivers, your life can potentially change forever. You could be severely injured, have lost a loved one or had extensive property damage. Your world should not be turned upside down because of their actions. Our team of personal injury legal professionals are ready to help fight for you. We want to help you get the compensation you deserve so that you can pay your expenses.

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Everyone is upset when they are injured by a drunk driver. It is far worse when it causes a death. Even if you just have a “small” personal injury case, the fact remains that someone innocent has suffered due to someone else’s irresponsibility. This does not just anger you, it angers the community as well.

Our goal as personal injury lawyers is to pursue accident claims and aggressively find justice for those affected by irresponsible drinkers. We even look at the bars, nightclubs and restaurants who do not follow serving regulations. Almost 300 Arizona people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving accidents in 2015 according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. While your actions cannot replace a loved one, it can help you recover financially. Victims often just sue the drunk driver under general negligence laws; however, being underinsured or uninsured can affect the outcome of the lawsuit. Learn more about being in a car accident without insurance.

If you cannot recuperate from your loss based on the drunk driver’s assets, you may need to pursue recovery against the person or establishment that provided the alcohol.

Now let us talk about the reality of drunk driving accidents. Statistics can paint a very disturbing picture of drunk drivers in Arizona. Drunk driving is still a serious concern that affects thousands of families ever year, even if the actual number is declining.

Here are some interesting statistics published by Arizona Department of Transportation and the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety:

  • In 2015, 116,609 accidents were reported. 4,941 were alcohol-related auto accidents and those hit by a drunk driver.
  • 295 People were killed from alcohol related accidents, almost one third of all fatal auto accidents in Arizona.
  • Maricopa County accounted for over half of the drunk driving accidents in Arizona.
  • Maricopa, Pinal, Pima, Mohave and Yavapai counties have the highest drunk driving rates in 2015.
  • Almost all of drunk driving accidents are rear-end collisions.
  • Drivers ages 25-34 are affected the most by drunk drivers.
  • Teens are twice as likely to cause drunk driving accidents compared to seniors.
  • New Year’s Day, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving Day have the most fatal drunk driving accidents.
  • Drunk driving accidents are twice as likely to happen at night.
  • Daytime accidents are more likely to occur during the week.
  • Nighttime accidents are more likely to occur on weekends.
  • Drunk driving has cost the state of Arizona almost half a billion dollars in 2013.

DUI Accident Insurance Coverage

DUI accidents are not typically covered by insurance companies. If the driver was convicted, it can actually make things more difficult. This is why it is important to have a solid car accident lawyer represent you for your personal injury. Financial compensation is difficult to get for those who sustained injuries and other losses once the driver is jailed. While the driver is still liable, they do not usually have the assets to cover these losses, especially if they do not have insurance. This means that you are less likely to get the money that you need to cover your injuries.

In some cases, there are other ways to seek compensation. A full investigation can reveal other sources of income or responsible parties. By acting quickly, you can get some of your losses covered by the driver’s parents, employer or other sources.

Responsibilities of Those that Serve Alcohol

Servers who provide alcohol may be liable under Arizona state law for the actions of a drunk driver. These laws, per ARS § 4-311, can change the liability from the consumer of alcoholic beverages to the server of those drinks, making it possible to pursue action against these venues through state laws or general negligence law.

Liquor (or “dram shop”) acts are laws that explain the legal responsibility of alcohol sellers. These laws cover carelessness of sellers providing alcohol to minors or people who are clearly intoxicated. Arizona Revised Statute A.R.S. § 4-311 states that establishments can be held responsible for the actions of the people they serve if the alcohol was sold to someone underage or clearly intoxicated.

If you are the victim of a drunk driver, you need to act quickly and gather evidence. Investigations need to be done in a timely manner. Doctors also need to quickly assess your injuries. A simple injury case assessment can be conducted right away by calling us today at (602) 691-7278 or our Free Case Evaluation form below.

Your initial consultation is free. In the event that our firm takes your case, it will be worked on a contingency basis. Our Arizona accident lawyers only get paid when you are awarded money. If you have a legitimate claim, you could be entitled to reimbursement. The lawsuit would need to be filed first, keeping in mind the expiration of the Arizona statute of limitations.

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Can the Bar or Restaurant Be Sued?

Dram Shop Acts make it possible to hold bars, clubs and restaurants financially responsible if they serve alcohol to minors or people who are already intoxicated. Stores selling alcohol may also be liable under these same laws. A DUI injury lawyer can help you determine which parties are held liable and how they can affect your case. To learn more about these laws and how they affect drunk driving accidents, search “Dram Shop Liability.”

Financially Recovering from a Drunk Driving Accident

The victims of a DUI accident are entitled to recover their losses. These accident victims could have sustained injuries or other damages directly caused by the driver. These damages might include compensatory damages like:

  • Medical expenses
  • Future medical care and costs
  • Lost income
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering

Underage Drunk Driver Accident
Car Accident Involving Underage Drunk Drivers

If a teenager has caused a drunk driving accident, the parents may be liable. The parents entrusted their vehicle to the teen despite their history of alcohol abuse. This can be more difficult to prove, but a qualified injury lawyer can guide you through the process.

Wrongful Death Damages

Close relatives of someone killed in a DUI accident can also attempt to seek compensation. These claims, known as a “wrongful death claim”, are processed on a case-by-case basis and usually require the help of a wrongful death attorney.

Punitive Damages

Drunk driving is a reckless activity that the community wants to snuff out. In addition to seeking compensation for damages, your judge may also order the drunk driver to pay “punitive damages”. These are typically present in large cases where the drunk driver’s actions were considered particularly egregious. For example, drivers with previous DUI charges, a suspended license, or one who killed multiple people may have to pay punitive damages in addition to standard compensation.

Contacting a DUI Car Accident Lawyer to Fight for Your Rights

If you, or a loved one, is a victim of being hit by a drunk driver and involved in a DUI car accident, contact the attorneys at  Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law today by calling (602) 691-7278 day or night, or click this link to Schedule a Free Consultation. It takes about 30 minutes and we will go over your case from top to bottom. You may be entitled to substantial compensation for your injuries and/or loss.

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