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Phoenix Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

Although there are rules and laws against drunk driving and driving under the influence, thousands of people die every year from car accidents that were caused from DUI’s. If you or a loved one is going through this tough time of dealing with injuries after being in a car accident where the opposing party was drunk or driving under the influence, it is important to reach out to an experienced attorney as soon as possible. If you are going through the ultimate tragedy of having a loved one die from a car accident where the other party was drunk, please reach out to us to get advice and make sure you hold them accountable and are covered when it comes to damages. 

Criminal vs. Civil Lawsuits For Drunk Driving Accidents

When it comes to DUI accidents or drunk driving accidents, there are two forms of action that can be taken against the party that was driving impaired. When a police officer pulls over a driver that they suspect is under the influence, they will run their field sobriety tests and testing of the person’s BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration). If the person’s BAC is over 0.08% then they can be in legal trouble and could be facing criminal charges. If that person gets into a car accident and the other party was injured in that accident, then the other party can sue that person for injuries and damages in a civil lawsuit. 

If you are in a car accident that resulted in you being injured because the other party was driving impaired, then it is important to file a civil lawsuit against the drunk driver to try and recover compensation for your injuries. The amount you can receive in your case varies based on your injuries and disability due to the accident.

Drunk Driving Accidents & Wrongful Death

Unfortunately, many drunk driving accidents result in the death of a party involved. If someone that is driving under the influence killed your loved one in a car accident or a pedestrian accident then you have the right to bring a wrongful death civil suit against that person.

Evidence Needed In A Drunk Driving Case

Filing for financial compensation in a drunk driving case requires your attorney to put together evidence that the impaired driver likely caused the accident. That is why it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side to develop your case and put you in the best position to maximize your compensation. Below are some items that can be used for evidence when proving your case:

  • The driver’s BAC results
  • The driver being arrested for a DUI
  • The Police Accident report
  • Cam Footage from the Police Officer
  • Reconstructing the car accident
  • Eyewitness Statements
  • Pictures & Videos

What Damages Can Be Recovered After a Drunk Driving Accident?

Your civil lawsuit against the drunk driver will be holding the impaired driver responsible for the damages they inflicted on you. If you are successful in your case, then the driver’s insurance company will have to pay for your damages. Some of the damages you may receive are:

  • Punitive Damages: You may be awarded punitive damages in your civil suit against the impaired driver. These damages would be awarded if the defendant was grossly negligent  or reckless of wrongdoing. DUI’s could potentially meet this qualification if the driver’s BAC was far above the legal limit. 

  • Economic Damages: Economic damages are the losses you suffered because of the accident. This could be lost wages, medical bills, rental vehicles, travel expenses and vehicle repairs. 

  • Noneconomic Damages: These damages are general losses that don’t have a dollar amount attached. This could be how the drunk driving incident affected you personally. (pain & suffering, emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life)

Contact Our Firm After A Drunk Driving Accident For Free

If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a drunk driving accident, you need to contact our experienced attorneys to help you recover your financial losses. We focus on recovering the maximum possible compensation for our clients. We offer a free consultation and no cost unless you get paid. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.

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