Arizona has laws in place that prohibit drivers from getting behind the wheel of their vehicles intoxicated, and for good reason. Between 2009 and 2018, about 2,349 people in Arizona alone were killed in an alcohol-related crash. While these laws are meant to protect lives and prevent injuries, not all abide by them.
If you were injured in a drunk driving accident in Phoenix and would like to hold the driver who hit you accountable for the harm they caused you, an accident lawyer in Phoenix can certainly help.
Your rights as a drunk driving accident victim, explained.
If a drunk driving accident left you injured and in need of medical treatment, you may be entitled to recover compensation from one or more parties to help cover your medical costs. Additionally, if the accident has impacted your ability to work and/or affected other areas of your life, you may be entitled to damages (i.e. financial relief).
As an accident victim, you have the right to not only file an insurance claim with the at-fault party’s insurer as Arizona is an at-fault state, but also a civil lawsuit, if necessary. Here’s what you might be entitled to recover by taking either of the two forms of action.
Filing an insurance claim following a drunk driving accident
If a drunk driver hit you, Arizona’s at-fault insurance laws say you can file a claim, potentially allowing you to recover compensation for certain expenses. While you will only be entitled to recover up to what the driver’s limits are, given you’re eligible to collect that much, you may only be able to receive compensation for medical expenses and lost wages.
Unfortunately, insurance companies don’t always recognize at-fault parties for the psychological harm they cause another. This means you may not be able to recover compensation for mental anguish, pain and suffering, and more. Fortunately, all hope is not lost as compensation may be awarded if you file a successful civil lawsuit.
Suing a drunk driver in Arizona
If you file a lawsuit against a drunk driver in Phoenix, this will put you in a position to potentially recover damages for things like medical expenses, past and future lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of consortium, etc.
Filing a civil lawsuit carries many challenges so you’ll want to retain a Phoenix, AZ drunk driving attorney to assist. While there are plenty of lawyers who are capable of helping you, you want to be sure you’re represented by the best. If you’re looking to gain a better understanding of your rights as a drunk driving accident victim or want a more in-depth look at your legal options, contact Schmidt Law Group.
Schmidt Law Group can be reached at:
3770 N. 7th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85014
Phone: (602) 282-0047