The length of a DUI accident case varies from person to person. Due to the different injuries and the level of negligence involved, there is no exact timeframe for a DUI accident case. However, certain factors can determine how long your case could take.
Our drunk driving accident lawyers in Phoenix at Zanes Law have over 20 years of experience holding drunk and high drivers accountable for their actions. Read on to learn about how long it usually takes to resolve a DUI accident case for victims based on common factors.
Knowing the factors that can affect your case can give you an idea of how long your case could take. While several different factors determine the length of time your DUI accident case takes to finalize, the following are the most impactful:
Cases involving very serious injuries like traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, or other life-altering conditions will take substantially longer to resolve than those with only minor injuries such as cuts and bruises. The reason is that the full extent of damages for serious injuries may not be understood for many months or even years as the patient undergoes extensive medical care and rehabilitation.
Things like multiple surgeries, lengthy hospital stays, and ongoing physical therapy or in-home medical care will prolong the process of determining how much compensation is needed.
Any delays or errors in the initial police investigation at the crash scene or subsequent forensic testing, like the toxicology report of the at-fault driver’s blood alcohol content and other drugs that are in their system.
It can add significant time to the pre-trial discovery phase of resolving a DUI accident case. This is because additional investigation may be required if initial reports are incomplete or contain questionable findings. Both sides will want any deficiencies addressed before moving forward, which pushes the timeline back for establishing key facts around liability and intoxication levels.
When the defense requests independent medical examinations, life care plans, or the involvement of professional and expert witnesses on complex medical issues, this greatly extends the time it takes to negotiate a settlement. Both parties want to fully assess these additional specialist opinions on the nature and extent of injuries as well as long-term treatment needs before placing a value on the claim. The evaluations themselves and subsequent analysis can delay resolution by many months.
The level of cooperation exhibited by the at-fault driver’s insurance company is a major influence on case duration. Delay tactics like a slow response to document or data requests, denying reasonable settlement offers without justification, or having difficulty scheduling important meetings and depositions can seriously protract the pre-trial and settlement discussions.
On the flip side, insurers who promptly and smoothly facilitate the process aid in a timelier resolution. Ultimately, how the defendant’s insurer engages greatly impacts case length beyond the plaintiff’s control.
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The purpose of a personal injury settlement stemming from a drunk driving crash is to make the victim whole financially. Common types of expenses that a settlement aims to cover include:
If the driver that hit you was under the influence of drugs, our Phoenix driving under the influence of drugs lawyers can examine the report and account for any other damages you could recover, such as punitive damages.
After you’ve been in an accident due to a drunk or high driver, you need legal representation that’s going to fight for you, and that’s our team. Our founding attorney, Doug Zanes, founded the firm in tandem with his wife, Claudia, on a mission to help people to the best of their abilities. Our personal injury firm’s passion and our drive to win makes us the right firm for you.
As a result, we have a 99% win rate across all practice areas of personal injury, including DUI accident cases. We’ve helped thousands of clients, and overall, as a firm, we’ve recovered over $500 million.
A team that’s so successful is an asset to have on your Phoenix DUI case. Along with our passion for helping people and our drive to win, we treat every client like family.
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As an injured victim of a DUI accident, there are steps you can take to help ensure your case proceeds without unnecessary delays. The steps you can take include:
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