Drinking and driving almost always leads to devastating consequences. Injured individuals and their loved ones will ask the question, “Why would someone get behind the wheel intoxicated?” Car accidents are often outside your control, especially when one party has been drinking.
Know the Facts
Drinking and driving may have fatal results:
- In 2013, there were 245 alcohol related fatal crashes in Arizona, resulting in 262 deaths.
- In 2013, there were 5,190 alcohol related crashes in Arizona, resulting in 3,840 injuries.
- Alcohol related crashes account for 4.83% of all crashes and 31.53% of all fatal crashes
- The peak hour for alcohol related crashes in Arizona is from 2 A.M. to 3 A.M.
- The peak day for fatal crashes in Arizona is Saturday.
While a person driving impaired may be convicted of a DUI, this does not mean a victim will be compensated. For a victim to be compensated, the victim must make a claim against the drunk driver. The victim must show that the driver’s negligence was the proximate cause of the injury and that the victim suffered damages as a result. The prospect of pursuing a legal claim is often overwhelming for victims. Hiring an experienced Arizona accident attorney may make the task of suing the driver seem less daunting.
The Truth About Insurance Companies
While the insurance company who covers the drunk driver will most likely be responsible for compensating the victim, the driver may also be sued for punitive damages. Punitive damages go beyond compensating the victim for medical bills or other losses suffered because of the accident. Punitive damages are intended to punish the individual for his or her decision to drive drunk.
It may be tempting to settle out-of-court with the driver or their insurance company. The insurance company would appreciate that since their job is to ensure that the victim gets as little as possible. Don’t make the mistake of negotiating with the insurance company and possibly depriving yourself of a larger recovery.
How Beauchamp Law Can Help You
Accidents caused by someone’s poor decision to drink and drive are especially devastating since they are so preventable. All law firms are not created equal. The Phoenix accident attorneys of Oracle Law Group understand that nothing can make up for the physical and emotional pain an accident victim has felt, but we want to help you with the recovery of the monetary compensation you deserve.
While other law offices will have a paralegal evaluate your case, Beauchamp Law will always have an attorney evaluate your personal injury claim.
We have a Registered Nurse on staff, who is also a licensed attorney, that brings compassion and warmth to our legal services. We understand that this is a stressful time in your life, so we will try to alleviate some of that stress by keeping you apprised of what is happening with your case so you can make informed, educated decisions when necessary.
We serve clients in Phoenix, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Scottsdale and other cities throughout the State of Arizona.
Call us today to schedule your complimentary consultation. You pay zero fees unless you recover: (480) 704-0777