In Arizona, tens of thousands of drivers are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs each year. Thousands are even injured in accidents involving drunk driving. Unfortunately, hundreds of DUI accident victims die in these accidents. It’s a tragedy that impacts far too many people.
According to recent studies, approximately 3 in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some point of their lives. Considering the population of the US, that is one drunk driving injury occurring every two minutes. Driving while intoxicated is not an innocent act; many have admitted to doing it on a regular basis, never believing they will be the one to make the potentially fatal mistake. It can save someone’s life by remembering that it only takes one time to hurt or kill someone while driving drunk.
Many believe that DUI offenders who cause injuries, or death, should be held accountable for their crimes. In many states, there are laws in place to ensure that drunk drivers are prosecuted correctly. These laws are designed to discourage drivers from operating their vehicles when they have been impaired by alcohol or drugs.
The potential consequences for DUI’s in Arizona can be quite harsh; in some cases, the civil penalty can nearly bankrupt the defendant. Because of this, many violators will attempt to blame the accident on some other cause.
If you, or someone you know has been the victim of an injury in a DUI accident, hiring an experienced DUI accident attorney can aid in making sure the offending parties are held responsible for their crime.
Hirsch & Lyon advises individuals that plan on drinking or using drug should keep in mind the different variables that impact how quickly that person can become impaired. These include not only how much you drink, but also the rate of consumption, hydration, how much food is in your stomach, your age, weight, and even your gender. Understanding the legal limit of .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) matters too. The drink equivalent to .08% BAC varies by person, but even at .02% and .05% you can experience impaired judgment, and a decline in coordination, visual functions, and concentration. A helpful rule of thumb to follow would be to limit yourself to one drink per hour, or to alternate between one drink and one glass of water.
At Hirsch & Lyon, we have successfully argued cases for many victims of drunk driving accidents. We are dedicated to making sure that victims of drunk driving accidents are able to receive the compensation they are entitled to under the law. If you need someone who can represent you the right way, give us a call at (602) 535-1900, or fill out our Online Contact Form to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our attorneys.
Arizona DUI Laws
Arizona laws regarding DUI’s can be complicated. A driver’s degree of impairment is determined by the blood alcohol content (BAC) found in the driver’s system. The issue is that many drunk drivers may initially refuse to allow the officers to test their blood alcohol levels. This is a right that they have under the law. The other issue is that in some cases, the BAC isn’t measured until long after the accident, which means the alcohol in the driver’s system can become much lower than at the time of driving. Finally, another issue with measuring BAC is that it can be challenged by a skilled dui defense attorney.
In many DUI cases, there could be another party that could be held liable for the accident. These potential other parties could be restaurants, bars, sport stadiums, or any other establishment that serves alcohol. If the establishment is found to have knowingly served too much alcohol to the driver, they could be held at least partially liable for the drunk driving accident. This could mean they have to pay part of the damages.
Victims of drunk driving accidents typically experience a myriad of issues as a result of the accident. This can typically include:
Damage to property
Exorbitant medical bills
Cost of rehabilitation
Loss of income
In some cases, the death of loved ones.
While the first traumatic blow is given to any victims of the accident, the second blow goes to the loved ones who have to pick up the pieces and try to mend them back together. When faced with an injured or killed loved one, it is a very trying time for the family to cope with the shock and horror of the terrible event. This suffering and overwhelming physical loss is made even more heart-breaking because the victims’ family’s grieving is interrupted or put on hold by all of the high costs for medical care, travel, counseling, lost wages, and funeral expenses that must be attended to immediately.
This is what makes drunk driving such a serious issue. Victims of drunk driving accidents tend to experience anger, confusion, and anxiety. Since they experienced such a sudden shock, it can become immensely difficult to deal with. Not only that but the continuing psychological damage could potential affect the victim for years to come.
The good news is that the victims of drunk driving accidents have rights. In many situations, they are entitled to compensation for the various injuries they have endured.
The victims’ families may choose Hirsch & Lyon to file a civil case against the perpetrator or any negligent third party to receive partial compensation for the expenses and emotional damages suffered. Although a civil suit cannot heal the wound caused by the sudden loss of a loved one, it serves as a powerful tool to assist families who relied on their loved one for financial support, and to hold all implicated parties liable for their actions.
Who can be held liable of a DUI Accident?
Injuries and death by a drunk driver can be completely preventable, and it is important for those intending to drink to take responsibility for their state of being and subsequent decisions. It is also important to be aware that responsibility falls on others indirectly involved as well. It is required by law that employees in restaurants, bars, and nightclubs are aware of inebriated patrons and to stop serving them. If they continue to serve these patrons alcohol, who later on injures another, they may be held responsible for the damage incurred. In addition, any who make alcohol available to minors may also be held responsible for any resultant injuries. This is another way of showing how drunk driving affects and hurts the entire community, not just the driver and the victim.
If you have been the victim of a drunk driving accident, contact our attorneys at the Hirsch & Lyon team by calling (602) 535-1900, or Click Here to Contact Us to schedule a Free 30 Minute Consultation. It’s important to get the guidance and advice of an experienced dui accident attorney who can help you gain compensation for your pain and suffering.
When you consult with one of our attorneys, you will learn more about Arizona’s laws regarding victims. You will also learn how to make sure you receive any compensation you may be entitled to under the law. Contact us today to see how Hirsch & Lyon can represent you and your rights!
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