A drunk driver hit you in Phoenix, Arizona. Your body is damaged, and your mind is ablaze—how will you ever catch up on bills, pay medical expenses, and provide for your family after missing so many days of work? Further frustrating is the senselessness of it all. Your pain resulted from an accident, but that accident was caused by another person’s choice to drink and drive.

In 2017, Arizona lost 320 people. They died in alcohol-related car accidents. Another 3,027 people were injured in crashes that year when drinking mixed with driving.
Although the number of drunk driving incidents is reportedly decreasing, even one such accident is one too many especially when you are the victim.

Zanes Law understands your pain, your anxiety, and your frustration. We are here to fight for justice and the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (602) 999-9999.

There are More Drunk Drivers on the Road Than You Might Think

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that by the time the average drunk driver is arrested, he or she has already driven while drunk 80 times. Thanks to public awareness campaigns, more people are thinking twice before getting behind the wheel after they have had a few drinks, but all it takes is one person who thinks he or she can beat the odds of an accident to jeopardize the lives and safety of everyone else who is sharing the same road.

How Alcohol Affects the Mind and Increases Chances of a Car Accident

The effects of driving while intoxicated are well documented. Generally speaking, because alcohol is a depressant drug, it slows down communication between the brain and the body. Specifically, the following effects are associated with alcohol. You can imagine how any single symptom can cause problems with driving, and any combination of symptoms could render a driver completely incapable of safe driving:

  • Trouble concentrating
  • Slower reflexes
  • Increased confidence/sense of invincibility
  • Increased happiness or sadness
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Clumsiness
  • Memory loss
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Passing out
  • Coma
  • Death

Types of Injuries that Can Result From a Car Crash

Thousands of crash-related injuries every year can be attributed to drunk driving, and the CDC reports that one in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related car accident within their lifetimes.

Car crashes can result in a broad range of injuries including:

  • Soft tissue injuries: the most common type of injury, connective tissue damage affects muscles, ligaments, and tendons (also “whiplash”)
  • Scrapes and cuts: usually caused by items being thrown around in the car or airbag deployment
  • Head injuries: can manifest in many ways, from scrapes, bruising and lacerations to brain damage
  • Chest injuries: usually wounds or bruises, but can include broken ribs and internal injuries
  • Arm and leg injuries: bruises, scrapes, sprains, and breaks

Many of these injuries do not appear immediately. You might not see or experience symptoms for days, weeks, or even months, but you should still seek medical help immediately following your drunk driving car accident. Not only will you ward off further complicating your injuries, but also you will obtain medical documentation of the physical damage you suffered as a result of the crash. This evidence will help you in your recovery of damages.

Recoverable Damages From a Drunk Driving Accident in Phoenix, AZ

If you suffered injuries as the result of a car accident caused by a drunk driver in Phoenix, Arizona, you can sue the driver for damages. Typically, you can be compensated for the following:

  • Damage to your vehicle
  • Damage to your property
  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of Consortium
  • Pain and suffering

Additionally, if a family member died as the result of an accident caused by a drunk driver, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver.

Suing an Establishment for Your Drunk Driving Accident in Phoenix, AZ

You can sue the establishment that sold alcohol to the driver in your drunk driving accident in the following two instances:

  1. If the establishment willfully and unlawfully sold or furnished alcoholic beverages to a patron who is not of legal drinking age
  2. If the establishment over-served a patron, thereby increasing the risk of his her driving drunk

The legal team at Zanes Law can help you determine if an establishment is liable for the drunk driving accident that caused your injuries.

Steps to Take if You are Injured in a Drunk Driving Accident in Phoenix, AZ

Few experiences create an overwhelming sense of disorientation and confusion than being in a car accident. The immediate effects are profound, and traces can persist for days leaving you, the victim, in a fog of sorts.

The timing could not be worse. The experience of being the victim of a car accident calls for prompt, deliberate action. Rather than work through what you should do during this time of confused thinking, consider this list of steps prepared by the team at Zanes Law.

  1. Call 911. You need the right team at the scene of your accident: medical professionals and police.
  2. Assess the scene. Try to take in as much information as possible.
  3. Take pictures of the accident if you are able.
  4. After the accident, if you have not been hospitalized, see a doctor for a more in-depth assessment of your medical condition.
  5. Hire a lawyer.

What Zanes Law Will Do to Help You With Your Personal Injury Claim

When you hire Zanes Law to represent you in your drunk driving accident personal injury claim, you can count on us to take the wheel so you can rest assured your voice is heard by the courts of law in Phoenix, AZ.

Here is what you can expect from us:

  • We will visit the crime scene documenting what we find and collecting pertinent evidence.
  • We will obtain police reports of the accident.
  • We will gather medical records from your doctor, the hospital, etc.
  • We will collaborate with accident reconstruction specialists who can present the cause-and-effect details to a judge.
  • We will send a demand letter to the drunk driver’s insurer.
  • We will file a lawsuit with the Civil Court if the insurer fails to agree to a fair settlement.
  • We will fight for you in court.

Call Zanes Law today for a free case evaluation. We are here to champion your needs arising from your drunk driving accident in Phoenix, AZ. Call (602) 999-9999 to get in touch with our legal team today.

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