When Injuries are Caused by a Drunk Driver in Arizona
In 2017, the State of Arizona Highway Safety Annual Report FFA 2018, reported 278 people were killed in Arizona due to alcohol-impaired-driving. Also, 27,652 alcohol impaired driving arrests were made and 7,032 drug impaired driving arrests were made.
If you suspect another driver is impaired, maintain a generous distance from any other car swerving, slowing, speeding, driving erratically and/or not staying in one lane. According to statistics, more accidents happen late at night between 12am and 3am, so avoid driving during these hours if possible. Be extra cautious at intersections, driving at night and on holidays.
When you are in a motor vehicle accident caused by a drunk driver follow these steps:
- Call the police. Be sure to tell officers that the other driver is impaired and be specific – actions such as swerving, visible signs (eyes, breath, slurred speech)
- Collect as much evidence and information as you can. Take photos and video
- Seek medical treatment. With adrenaline and shock, you may not realize the full extent of your injuries
- Call your own insurance company
- Don’t speak to an investigator or insurance adjuster. Let your personal injury lawyer handle this for you.
Consulting a lawyer will help you proceed with a civil claim for damages against the driver at fault. Additionally, in Arizona, dram shop laws allow an establishment licensed to sell alcohol (bar, restaurant) that serves an obviously intoxicated person or minor, to be held liable for resulting property damage, personal injuries and/or wrongful death.