Motor vehicle accidents caused by DUI are preventable. If person driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs causes an accident that results in injury, he or she can be held liable for damages. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were 5,428 alcohol-related crashes last year. If you or someone you love has been injured due to the recklessness of another, contact an experienced Phoenix drunk driving accident attorney for help.
Liability in Drunk Driving Accident Lawsuits
When dealing with a personal injury claim stemming from a drunk driving accident, it is important to explore all avenues of liability. The drunk driver may likely be facing criminal charges in addition to civil lawsuits filed by anyone injured due to his or her conduct. The degree to which the driver was intoxicated may play a factor in whether or not punitive damages can be awarded in your claim and can determine the criminal charge the driver may face.
In addition to the drunk driver, the establishment that sold him/her alcohol can be held liable. Arizona’s dram shop laws extend liability to liquor store, bar or restaurant owners who sold alcohol to an individual who was underage or clearly already intoxicated.
An experienced Phoenix drunk driving accident attorney from Witson Law will work to determine the driver’s level of intoxication as well as whether the driver was served while already intoxicated in order to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Damages in Drunk Driving Injury Claims
Following an injury caused by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to damages for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Property damages
- Punitive damages, depending on the nature of the accident
Phoenix Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
Witson Law offers free personal injury consultations to answer your questions about your drunk driving accident case and to discuss your legal options. We will take whatever time is necessary throughout your initial consultation in order to listen to you and the facts of your drunk driving car accident injury case at no charge to you. We take all of our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. You do not pay any out of pocket expenses and do not need to pay us unless we win your case. To schedule your free consultation with a Phoenix drunk driving accident lawyer from Witson Law, contact us at (602) 358-8686.