When someone drinks and drives, they do so selfishly, without consideration for the lives of the people they will jeopardize. If you suffered injuries—or a loved one died—as a consequence of this most egregious negligence, you deserve compensation.

A Glendale drunk driving accident lawyer from Zanes Law can bring you justice. Let our auto accident lawyers champion your right to recover damages by showing a jury just how much suffering you have endured.

Call 866-499-8989 for a free, no-obligation consultation. We promise to do everything from A to Z to recover the damages you deserve.

If you live near Phoenix, Arizona and need a drunk driving lawyer, please visit our Phoenix drunk driving accident lawyer page.

The State of Drunk Driving in Arizona: Better is Not Good Enough

The number of drunk driving incidents reported in Arizona continues to drop. However, with 320 Arizona residents dying in drunk driving accidents in 2017, it is clear we still have a long way to go.

In the time leading up to the arrest of the average drunk driver, they have driven while intoxicated 80 times, according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

These numbers cannot simply continue dropping. They must fade to nothing. Perhaps by exposing perpetrators to economic—as well as criminal—consequences for their actions, we will help society move toward this end.

Understanding Alcohol’s Effect on the Brain and the Likelihood of an Accident

Many people drink to loosen inhibitions. However, alcohol does not work to energize the brain. Rather, it does just the opposite. As a depressant drug, alcohol downshifts any communication between a person’s brain and their body.

In other words, a drunk driver may be “focusing” on staying in their lane, or watching for pedestrians, or monitoring the weight of their foot on the gas pedal, but the thoughts and impulses connected with this “focus” slowly drag their way to the body parts that can react to those thoughts. These slowed reflexes represent a great risk factor for car accidents .

Drinking alcohol impacts the brain in many ways, each of which negatively impact the drinker’s ability to safely manage the road.

Side Effects of Drinking Alcohol

  • Slowed reflexes
  • Passing out
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Clumsiness
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Coma
  • Boosted sense of invincibility and confidence
  • Heightened emotions
  • Blurry vision
  • Confusion
  • Loss of memory

The above symptoms do not happen in isolation. Just imagine the combined effect of any number of these conditions. It is a recipe for disaster.

Injuries that Commonly Result from Drunk Driving Accidents in Glendale

The CDC reports that every 50 minutes, one person dies as the result of drunk driving in the United States.

Death is the ultimate consequence an individual and family pays for another person’s choice to drive while intoxicated. Although you may never recover emotionally from a loved one dying in a drunk driving accident, you can pursue a wrongful death action against the driver.

Drunk driving accidents also yield painful and costly injuries to those who survive. Some common types of injuries include:

  • Fractured and sprains
  • Wounded or bruised chest
  • Broken ribs
  • Open head injuries (cuts, scrapes, lacerations)
  • Closed head injuries (concussions, traumatic brain injury)
  • Scrapes, cuts, lacerations from airbag deployment or items being thrown about the car
  • Soft tissue injuries of muscles, tendons, and ligaments (whiplash)

The Importance of Seeking Medical Treatment Following Your Drunk Driving Accident

You might not sense any injuries after your accident. Oftentimes, injuries do not manifest right away, and some take days, weeks, or even months to appear. Unfortunately, many drunk driving accident victims check only for obvious signs of injuries, like bleeding or broken bones.

In the absence of these visible injuries, the victims assume they are fine and do not seek medical attention. Physical damages might reveal themselves later, but the passage of time makes it harder to connect these injuries to the drunk driving accident. As such, the victim will face a greater challenge in recovering damages associated with the injuries.

Do not put yourself in this situation. If you experienced a drunk driving accident, go seek medical attention now. A physician knows how to check for physical damage you might not know exists. Early detection will improve your chances of physical recovery. Also, the doctor’s documentation of the injury soon after your accident will help you recover related damages.

Recovering Damages from Your Drunk Driving Accident in Glendale

According to the CDC, damages from drunk driving accidents in 2010, which is the most recent year for which such data is available, cost $44 billion. When victims seek compensation for their losses, their injury lawyers  construct a demand letter of personal damages. Types of damages often include the following:

  • Medical expenses (current, ongoing, and future)
  • Doctor’s fees
  • Surgeon’s fees
  • Property damage
  • Lost income (past and future)
  • Lost benefits
  • Prescription medicines
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Replacement services
  • Loss of consortium
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish

Determining Whether an Establishment is Liable

Per Arizona law, the establishment that served alcohol to the drunk driver can be liable for your injuries. This occurs when:

  • The establishment sold or provided alcohol to a
  • The establishment over-served its patron, directly contributing to the risk of their driving while intoxicated.

Zanes Law’s Glendale drunk driving accident lawyers will meet with you to review to discuss whether an establishment holds potential liability for your drunk driving accident.

How a Glendale Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Will Benefit Your Case

Zanes Law will do everything from A to Z to champion your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve following your drunk driving accident.

To represent you in your case, a Glendale drunk driving accident lawyer will do the following:

  • Visit the accident scene to collect evidence and document the scene
  • Obtain official police accident reports
  • Gather medical records
  • Work with accident reconstruction specialists to outline the chain of events that sparked the collision
  • Enlist expertise of medical, economic, vocational rehabilitation, and life-care planning consultants to determine the value of your damages
  • Send a demand letter to the insurer
  • Negotiate with the insurers
  • File a personal injury lawsuit if the insurance company does not agree to a fair settlement
  • Represent you in court
  • Negotiate with attorneys who might want to settle before a court decision

Contact Zanes Law today for a free case review. Keep in mind that we will charge you only if and when you receive compensation. Call 866-499-8989.

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