Drinking and driving can result in serious car accidents causing severe and fatal injuries. Alcohol impairs a person’s ability to operate a vehicle safely, often resulting in dangerous behavior like swerving, speeding, or wrong-way driving. This behavior often leads to collisions caused by drunk drivers, like a pedestrian hit by a car while walking in a crosswalk, striking a bicyclist, or another motorist who is observing safe driving techniques.
During one recent year, only 4.5 percent of Arizona’s traffic crashes were alcohol-related. However, alcohol-related crashes caused 34 percent of the state’s total traffic accident deaths.
If you have suffered serious injuries in a crash involving an alcohol-impaired driver, or if you have lost a family member in one of these crashes, it will be important to have an experienced legal team on your side.
A Sun City auto accident attorney from Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker PLLC, can offer you a high-level service, a diverse set of skills and experiences and a strong understanding of how to handle a drunk driving accident case. Our goal will be to ease the stress you may be feeling after going through the traumatic experience of being injured or losing a loved one.
Please call or contact us online when you are ready to discuss your case in a free and confidential consultation.
At Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker PLLC, we can bring more than 100 years of combined legal experience to your drinking and driving accident case. We can use that experience to perform a careful investigation of your case that involves.
One task will be to determine the role that a driver’s impairment played in your crash and to identify what parties should be held responsible for the harm you have suffered.
For instance, in some cases it’s not only the driver who is liable for the physical, emotional and financial injuries caused in an accident – a bar, restaurant or store that sold alcohol to the driver (or anyone who provided alcohol to a minor) may be held responsible as well. If a drunk driver was working at the time of the crash, his or her employer may be sued.
We will prepare the strongest case possible for a settlement with the insurance companies involved in your case or, if needed, for a trial that seeks a verdict on your behalf. We are skilled negotiators and trial lawyers, and will aggressively protect your rights through all stages of your case.
If the driver who caused your crash was found to have violated Arizona’s drunk driving laws, then the driver would be deemed “negligent per se.” The focus of your case would turn to establish that the driver’s negligence caused your injuries. For this reason, it is important to understand Arizona DUI law, a drunk driving lawyer can help you with this.
If a driver is under age 21 (the legal drinking age in Arizona), and he or she has any amount of alcohol in his or her body, then that driver is in violation of state law and could be found to be negligent per se as well.
Remember: Bringing a civil lawsuit against a drunk driver who caused your crash is separate and apart from any criminal actions against the driver. You may be able to pursue a claim for damages against the driver even if he or she is not convicted.
The purpose of these damages are to make you “whole” or as near as possible to the state you were in before the drunk driving accident harmed you or killed your loved one.
You may also be eligible to pursue a different type of damages called “punitive damages.” These damages are aimed at punishing the drunk driver and deterring that driver and others from engaging in similar misconduct in the future.
Punitive damages may be awarded where an at-fault driver “consciously pursued a course of conduct knowing that it created a substantial risk of significant harm to others,” such as driving while impaired. Evidence of a driver’s prior DUI convictions or drunk driving accidents may be factors.
If you are involved in a car accident caused by another driver’s careless or reckless decision to drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs, please make sure to protect your rights and contact our team of experienced attorneys at Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker PLLC. A lawyer is available to take your call now.
We can provide a free consultation that is aimed at reviewing your case, explaining your rights and answering all of your questions. We feature offices in Sun City and Scottsdale and serve clients throughout the Phoenix metro area.