Alcohol and driving do not mix. When the two are done in conjunction, serious accidents and devastating injuries can and do occur. Car accident and drunk driving attorneys in Phoenix can help you to understand what you need to know after you have been injured by a drunk driver.
Drunk Driving Accident Statistics in Arizona
According to 2014 Motor Vehicle Crash Facts provided by the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were a total of 4,887 alcohol related traffic accidents recorded in the state in 2014. Of those alcohol related crashes, 238 of them were fatal, and 265 people were killed. There were an additional 3,146 persons injured in crashes involving a drunk driver. Most of these drunk driving crashes occurred between the hours of two and three in the morning.
The data further tells us that alcohol related crashes account for 4.46 percent of all crashes, and a whopping 33.62 percent of fatal crashes. More than 78 percent of alcohol related crashes occur in urban areas. On holidays, drunk driving accidents that result in a loss of life occur every year in Arizona. In 2014, the fatality numbers were two, four, four, two, six, and five for the holidays New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day, respectively.
Is a Drunk Driver Liable for My Injuries?
As demonstrated by the data cited above, it is not that uncommon for a drunk driving accident to unexpectedly and rapidly dramatically change a person’s life. If this has happen to you or a loved one, you should know that there are options available, and that the intoxicated driver may be held liable for all of your losses.
In order to hold the responsible driver liable, you will have to prove that he or she acted negligently. If the driver was drunk and there is proof of his or her intoxication, this will likely be easy to do – you will just need the evidence to prove that the driver was not operating the vehicle while sober.
Because Arizona follows a tort system, you can file a claim directly against the at-fault driver in civil court, or take an insurance settlement to litigation if you cannot agree on a fair settlement amount. This can help you recover compensation for everything that you have lost, including finances due to medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and more.
Because of the state’s statute of limitations for filing a claim, it is important that you act quickly. An attorney can help you to understand your options and file a claim for damages. If you have lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident, an attorney can guide you through the process of recovering damages on his or her behalf as well.