Sometimes, drivers under the age of 18 cause accidents while driving under the influence (DUI) in Arizona. You may wonder if you can file a lawsuit if the drunk driver was a minor at the time of your collision.
Generally, you cannot sue a minor in Arizona. However, in some cases, you may still seek compensation through an insurance claim or by filing a lawsuit against the driver’s parents. A Phoenix drunk driving accident lawyer from our team at Zanes Law can review your options.
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You have legal options to secure compensation for your financial losses after any DUI accident caused by someone else’s negligence, even one caused by a minor. Generally, you may get damages by:
Drivers in Arizona, including minors, have a legal obligation to carry insurance when operating a vehicle. Generally, individuals under 18 remain on their parent’s insurance policies, though they may have their own in some cases.
Regardless of who carries the policy, a car accident lawyer in Phoenix may help you file a claim to comprehensively cover all of your losses.
Parents in Arizona have a legal obligation to take responsibility for the actions of their minor children. This responsibility extends to car accidents caused by individuals under 18.
Therefore, you may have a chance to file a personal injury lawsuit against a minor driver’s parents if they caused your collision while impaired by alcohol. A lawsuit may allow you to seek compensation to cover your losses.
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Individuals under the age of 21 cannot drink alcohol in Arizona as they have not reached the state’s legal age. However, the state no longer considers them minors after they turn 18 as far as liability for accidents.
Therefore, you may sue a driver under 21 but over 18 after a DUI accident in Arizona. You can discuss your options in this situation with our legal team.
You may only secure compensation if a lawyer shows that someone else caused your accident, injuries, and financial losses. Drivers who operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol are breaking the law in Arizona but do not automatically hold liability for a collision.
Instead, an attorney has to show they took an action that directly led to the wreck, like running a red light and causing a rear-end accident. Attorneys investigate the facts around an accident before filing a lawsuit.
Our team uses many investigative techniques. Depending on your situation, we may:
We utilize this evidence to help you file an insurance claim or file a lawsuit when applicable.
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You may face significant financial losses after a drunk driving accident caused by a minor. In this situation, you have a chance to secure compensation to cover all of your medical expenses, including the costs of:
A Phoenix personal injury lawyer may also help you secure damages for your lost pay, property repair costs, pain, and suffering. We’ll dig into the full scope of your losses, gathering additional evidence to demonstrate the expenses caused by the wreck.
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You must begin your legal claim before the personal injury statute of limitations expires in Arizona. Typically, the state gives you two years to seek compensation. Our team can get to work immediately after a collision.
If you wait too long to move forward with your case, the court will dismiss your request for compensation, so we recommend moving quickly, even if you worry about the age of the drunk driver.
Can you file a lawsuit if a drunk driver was a minor at the time of the collision? In this situation, a lawyer could sue the driver’s parents or help you seek compensation through an insurance settlement.
You can review these options in more detail with our team at Zanes Law. Call or fill out our online contact form to learn more.
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