If you or a family member were the victims of a car accident involving a drunk driver, a drunk driving accident lawyer in Tucson can help you file a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company.

Arizona recognizes that drunk driving presents a significant problem on roadways in the state. Therefore, it has traffic laws and rules of the road that govern the way automobiles and drivers navigate the streets and highways. These traffic laws aim to protect drivers and pedestrians. When intoxicated drivers operate automobiles, they are no longer cognizant of the rules of the road that keep us safe. Drunk drivers may have blurry vision, and they might experience delayed reaction time when they operate their vehicles. Consequently, they might not stop their cars in time to avoid colliding with another vehicle.

Drunk drivers often exhibit negligence and inattention that leads to injuries, property destruction, and death when they cause their vehicles to collide with another vehicle or pedestrian. When you or a member of your family are the victims of a drunk driving car accident, you deserve answers. You also deserve financial compensation for your medical bills and physical and mental suffering and anguish. Call Zanes Law at (520) 777-7777 to speak to a drunk driving accident lawyer in Tucson, AZ, today.

Our legal team has a proven track record of success when it comes to handling personal injury car accident cases brought on by a drunk driver. In many cases, we can resolve the case by way of a favorable financial settlement with the drunk driver’s motor vehicle insurance company. However, our legal team is equally effective in a court of law. If the insurance company refuses to fairly compensate you for your injuries, our legal team will zealously fight for your interests and represent you in court. We will do everything possible to convince the jury to compensate you for the full value of your case.

Filing a Car Accident Claim in Tucson

Filing an insurance claim on your own can be a complicated process. It can be time-consuming and complex to gather all the information and paperwork the state of Arizona requires. Moreover, when you are filing a claim against the drunk driver’s insurance company, you can be sure that they are not going to do you any favors. The insurance company, after all, is a big business and is not looking to spend a lot of money when it comes to paying out personal injury settlements and judgments. They want to keep as much money as possible in-house for the benefit of their shareholders.

It is important to have an experienced lawyer by your side who can file the claim on your behalf and assist you throughout the negotiation process. A Tucson drunk driving accident attorney from Zanes Law can help you understand the process and timeline for filing an insurance claim against the drunk driver who caused your car accident.

Your lawyer will help you establish a solid case and negotiate the insurance payout to which you are entitled. Immediately following your car accident, you should take the following important steps:

  • File a police report with the Tucson Police Department
  • Obtain the full name and address of the other driver
  • Obtain the name of their insurer
  • Take a photo of their insurance card
  • Take photos of your vehicle from varying angles
  • Take photos of the at-fault driver’s car
  • Take photos of the accident scene
  • Take or obtain photos of your injuries
  • Obtain copies of your medical records and bills
  • Obtain copies of medical records and bills of any passengers
  • Obtain names and contact information of any witnesses

A drunk driving accident lawyer in Tucson can help you obtain originals and copies of the relevant documents and paperwork that will help bolster and support your insurance claim. If you or a family member were victims of a drunk driving car accident, your attorney can be your greatest ally against the insurance company and will work to negotiate a reasonable and fair settlement that fully compensates you for your injuries.

Get the medical help you need immediately following a drunk driving car accident. Then call Zanes Law at (520) 777-7777 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with a lawyer near you today.

A Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer in Tucson Can Help You Build a Case

Avoid speaking to the at-fault driver’s insurance company on your own. The insurance company is looking out for its own best interests. They may even offer you an immediate settlement that is much lower than you deserve. A drunk driving accident lawyer is your advocate and can help you understand and successfully navigate the claims and settlement process.

In some cases, an adjuster from the at-fault driver’s insurance company might ask you to give a recorded statement. You should never agree to provide a recorded statement without having your lawyer present in person or on the phone with you. In a recorded statement, the insurance company adjuster will likely ask you questions about the accident and how it occurred, with the intention of ‘tripping you up’ or getting you to say something that is damaging to your case.

In fact, an insurance company will not usually request a recorded statement unless there is some question as to fault or liability. Therefore, if the at-fault driver’s insurance company contacts you for one of these statements, you should refuse. Even despite what the adjuster might say, you do not have to provide a recorded statement to them.

The unexpectedness of a drunk driving accident can leave you devastated and unsure of your next steps. It can also leave you with a variety of injuries from cuts and scrapes to broken limbs to life-changing disabilities. All these things can play a significant role in determining the value of your case. Your lawyer will take time to evaluate the severity of your injuries and your prognosis for recovery. He or she can then assemble and submit a settlement demand package to the at-fault driver’s insurance company and work to negotiate a favorable personal injury settlement on your behalf.

Navigating Arizona’s Car Accident Timeline

Your claim must meet all state-sanctioned filing deadlines because failure to do so can hurt your claim. In fact, failure to meet the right timelines can result in an inability to file a claim at all.

The state of Arizona has a fixed amount of time for you to file a lawsuit for a car accident under AZ Code 12-542. As the victim of a car accident, the state imposes a two-year time limit for claiming damages. The two-year statute of limitations typically begins to run on the date of the drunk driving accident and expires two years later.

The State of Arizona’s statute of limitations is shorter than in other states. In other jurisdictions, the victim of a drunk driving accident or other car accident might have three or even four years from the accident date in which to file a lawsuit that seeks monetary compensation and damages. One main reason for this relatively short statute of limitations in Arizona is to ensure that witnesses remain available to testify at depositions and trial—and to ensure that memories remain fresh.

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Doug Zanes, Tucson DUI Accident Lawyer

In the majority of cases, Arizona’s statute of limitations is a hard and fast deadline. If you do not file a lawsuit for damages within two years of the drunk driving accident date, the chances are good that you will forever lose your right to seek monetary compensation for your injuries.

It is important to note that there are some intricacies and exceptions to the statute of limitations in Arizona. Your experienced Tucson DUI accident lawyer at Zanes Law can help you understand whether these exceptions are applicable in your case. However, you should always assume that the two-year time deadline will apply to your case unless your attorney tells you differently. If you are getting down to the wire on the two-year statutory deadline, your attorney can go ahead and file a lawsuit to protect the statute. Even after a lawsuit starts, your lawyer can continue to negotiate a favorable settlement on your behalf with the at-fault party’s motor vehicle insurance company.

Contact a Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer in Tucson Today

If you sustained injuries or your family member lost their life in a car accident caused by drunk driving, our Tucson, AZ attorneys are here for you. When you schedule a free consultation with our lawyers, we meet you at the most convenient location for you. We will come to your home, office, or hospital room, and you can complete your consultation and sign-up with a single phone call. Call Zanes Law at (520) 777-7777 or use our contact page to receive your no-cost, no-obligation legal consultation today.

When individuals are involved in a drunk driving accident, there are often numerous legal questions that come to mind. First and foremost, after you sustain injuries in any type of motor vehicle accident, seek the medical treatment you need for those injuries. While you are treating your injuries, the experienced Tucson car accident lawyers at Zanes Law will begin investigating your claim and preparing it to go forward. In the meantime, what follows are the answers to some common questions that arise following drunk driving accidents in Tucson.

Victims of drunk driving accidents often suffer serious injuries. The nature and extent of the injuries suffered by drunk driving accident victims often depend upon a variety of circumstances, including the force of the collision and how it happens (rear-end, T-bone, head-on, etc.). A forceful drunk driving accident with a strong impact can also cause the accident victim’s body to move around and about inside the vehicle (such as forward and backward or from side to side). The accident victim’s body might also make contact with something in the vehicle, like the console, dashboard, steering wheel, or headrest.

Some of the most common injuries that victims of drunk driving accidents suffer include the following:

  • Traumatic head and brain injuriesThese injuries can happen when the force of the impact causes the accident victim’s head to strike the driver or passenger’s side window, headrest, or something else in the vehicle. When a person’s head suffers a forceful blow, it can cause the brain to move around inside the skull and actually strike it. This movement can lead to a concussion or other serious injury. Also, when a person suffers a severe blow to the head in a drunk driving accident, it can cause damage to the brain’s neurons and axons—which function as the brain’s ‘internal wiring’ system. While some traumatic head injuries are relatively minor, such as a mild concussion, other head injuries could leave an accident victim comatose, in a permanent vegetative state, or dead.
  • Broken bones and bone fracturesFractures and broken bones are also common in drunk driving car accidents—especially those that occur at a high rate of speed. When a part of the accident victim’s body strikes something in the vehicle, this may occur with such a degree of force that a fracture or broken bone results. Minor fractures, called hairline fractures, can also occur. When a person suffers a serious fracture, he or she might need to undergo a surgical procedure for doctors to repair the fracture. In fractures that involve the elbow, knee, or ankle, a surgeon might need to place hardware, such as bolts or screws, in the bone to keep it in place until it heals. Another surgery may then be necessary so that the surgeon can remove this hardware. Once surgeons repair a fracture in a surgical procedure, injured car accident victims often require a lengthy period of physical therapy so that they can get back to a pre-accident level of functioning.
  • Neck, back, and spinal cord injuriesBack and spinal cord injuries can sometimes be debilitating and result in extremely serious complications. These injuries happen when an accident victim’s body is quickly thrust forward and backward in a car crash. Spinal cord damage may occur when one or more nerves in the accident victim’s spinal column are severed. Spinal cord injuries may also lead to full or partial paralysis, in which the accident victim cannot feel in the affected area or move the affected body part. A partial paralysis injury allows for some feeling or movement in the affected area, while a full paralysis injury does not. Depending upon the nature and extent of the paralysis injury, some car accident victims require lifetime care and treatment.
  • Soft tissue injuriesSoft tissue injuries are muscular injuries that do not involve a fracture or broken bone. Although these injuries, which include muscular contusions, sprains, and strains, do not involve a bone break, this does not mean that they are not painful. In fact, many soft tissue injuries require lengthy physical therapy after the accident for the injured individual to function normally again. In some instances, soft tissue injuries can be permanent and may affect the accident victim for the remainder of his or her life.

Treatment for any of these types of injuries suffered in a drunk driving car collision can be lengthy and expensive. Individuals who suffer injuries might have to undergo the following types of medical treatment:

  • Hospital emergency room care
  • X-rays and MRIs
  • Medical treatment with a primary care doctor or family doctor
  • Medical procedures, including surgeries and injections
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Occupational therapy to enable the accident victim to get back to work following the accident

If you have suffered injuries in a car accident that was brought on by a drunk driver, the experienced team of Tucson drunk driving accident attorneys at Zanes Law is here to help. We can begin the claims-filing process on your behalf and retain the necessary medical experts to causally relate your injuries to the accident—especially if the insurance company is contending that those injuries are preexisting or unrelated. Call Zanes Law at (520) 777-7777 for your free case evaluation and legal consultation today.

The State of Arizona recognizes that drunk driving is a serious problem—and that drunk drivers who operate their vehicles in the state can bring about serious accidents and painful injuries. Consequently, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and alcohol in Arizona is a criminal offense. Therefore, if the police catch a person drinking and driving, and he or she faces charges and receives a conviction, then the drunk driver could be looking at administrative fines and criminal penalties—including jail time, in some cases.

In Arizona, a driver could be charged with drunk driving if his or her blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is measured to be 0.08 percent or higher. Commercial drivers, who are professional drivers who operate large trucks and other vehicles for a living, are held to a higher standard of 0.04 percent. There is a zero-tolerance policy in place for minors under 21 years of age for drunk and intoxicated driving. A police officer could also arrest a driver for drunk driving if he or she appears to have an alcohol impairment, but who has a BAC of less than 0.08 percent. The driver, for example, might have bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, or exhibit other symptoms of alcohol intoxication.

The criminal penalties that a drunk driver will face on conviction depend upon a variety of factors, including the driver’s BAC (and the amount by which it exceeds the legal limit) and whether the driver caused an accident that led to injuries or fatalities. In addition, the drunk driver might have to pay monetary fines and administrative penalties and may lose his or her driving privileges. Finally, the drunk driver might have to have an ignition interlock device installed on his or her vehicle.

In addition to facing potential criminal penalties upon being convicted of drunk driving, injured accident victims can also file a civil claim against the drunk driver and his or her insurance company for causing an accident. This occurs when the accident victim files a personal injury claim against the drunk driver’s motor vehicle insurance company, seeking monetary compensation and damages for the injuries he or she suffered.

If you or someone you love suffered injuries in a drunk driving accident, the Tucson drunk driving accident attorneys at Zanes Law are here to assist you throughout your case. Our legal team can help you file a claim against the at-fault driver’s motor vehicle insurance carrier seeking the monetary damages that you need. If the insurance company is unwilling to fairly compensate you for your injuries, we could help you litigate your case in the court system and pursue favorable compensation there. We can also explore other potential legal options on your behalf. Speak with Zanes Law at (520) 777-7777 for a case evaluation and legal consultation about your drunk driving collision today.

Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol can significantly impair a driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle safely and carefully. First of all, alcohol is a depressant. As such, it significantly slows down the functioning of a person’s central nervous system (CNS). Alcohol intoxication can make a driver’s vision blurry, preventing him or her from gauging distances when behind the wheel. Another vehicle, for example, might appear further away than it actually is. Blurred vision can also impair the driver’s ability to see and appreciate traffic signs and traffic control devices, including traffic lights at intersections.

Moreover, alcohol intoxication can slow down a driver’s reaction time. Consequently, the driver might not try to avert a collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian until it is too late.

It is also important to keep in mind that buzzed driving is the same thing as drunk driving. Therefore, a driver who claims that he or she has had just one or two drinks can still be impaired while behind the wheel of a car.

When a police officer arrives at the scene of an accident, he or she will determine whether the at-fault driver was intoxicated. If you suffered injuries in a drunk driving collision due to an intoxicated driver, the experienced team of Tucson drunk driving accident attorneys at Zanes Law is ready to help. We can promptly investigate the circumstances surrounding your car accident and will take the necessary steps to prepare a claim. Contact Zanes Law at (520) 777-7777 for a free case evaluation and legal consultation about your drunk driving accident today.

When a drunk driving accident occurs in and around Tucson, the responding police officer can be an invaluable help to the accident victim(s) in the collision. First of all, when the police come to the accident scene, they can speak with all of the individuals who were involved in the collision to get a sense of exactly how the accident occurred. The police officer can also assist the parties with exchanging information, including contact information and insurance company details. Likewise, the police officer can speak with witnesses to the accident to find out if the at-fault driver was speeding, swerving, or otherwise operating his or her vehicle unusually or erratically.

Most importantly, the responding police officer has the training to recognize signs and symptoms of intoxicated driving. Therefore, the officer will assess whether the at-fault driver was likely intoxicated. The officer will also prepare a detailed police report following the accident. In the accident report, the police officer will usually note how the accident occurred, which driver was at fault for the accident, and whether the officer issued a citation to the at-fault driver, and if so, what the citation was for (such as for intoxicated or reckless driving).

Following a drunk driving car collision, speak with the responding police officer and tell him or her your version of events. You should also request that the officer prepare a police report and request a copy of that report.

The knowledgeable Tucson drunk driving accident attorneys at Zanes Law can investigate the circumstances of your accident and assist you with obtaining the documentation that you and your case need to be successful—including a copy of the police report from the accident scene. We can assemble a demand package that presents your case in the best possible light, and that will increase your chances of obtaining a favorable settlement offer in your case. Please give Zanes Law a call at (520) 777-7777 for your free initial case evaluation and consultation about your drunk driving collision today.

Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol can significantly impair a driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle safely and carefully. First of all, alcohol is a depressant. As such, it significantly slows down the functioning of a person’s central nervous system (CNS). Alcohol intoxication can make a driver’s vision blurry, preventing him or her from gauging distances when behind the wheel. Another vehicle, for example, might appear further away than it actually is. Blurred vision can also impair the driver’s ability to see and appreciate traffic signs and traffic control devices, including traffic lights at intersections.

Moreover, alcohol intoxication can slow down a driver’s reaction time. Consequently, the driver might not try to avert a collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian until it is too late.

It is also important to keep in mind that buzzed driving is the same thing as drunk driving. Therefore, a driver who claims that he or she has had just one or two drinks can still be impaired while behind the wheel of a car.

When a police officer arrives at the scene of an accident, he or she will determine whether the at-fault driver was intoxicated. If you suffered injuries in a drunk driving collision due to an intoxicated driver, the experienced team of Tucson drunk driving accident attorneys at Zanes Law is ready to help. We can promptly investigate the circumstances surrounding your car accident and will take the necessary steps to prepare a claim. Contact Zanes Law at (520) 777-7777 for a free case evaluation and legal consultation about your drunk driving accident today.

When a drunk driving accident occurs in and around Tucson, the responding police officer can be an invaluable help to the accident victim(s) in the collision. First of all, when the police come to the accident scene, they can speak with all of the individuals who were involved in the collision to get a sense of exactly how the accident occurred. The police officer can also assist the parties with exchanging information, including contact information and insurance company details. Likewise, the police officer can speak with witnesses to the accident to find out if the at-fault driver was speeding, swerving, or otherwise operating his or her vehicle unusually or erratically.

Most importantly, the responding police officer has the training to recognize signs and symptoms of intoxicated driving. Therefore, the officer will assess whether the at-fault driver was likely intoxicated. The officer will also prepare a detailed police report following the accident. In the accident report, the police officer will usually note how the accident occurred, which driver was at fault for the accident, and whether the officer issued a citation to the at-fault driver, and if so, what the citation was for (such as for intoxicated or reckless driving).

Following a drunk driving car collision, speak with the responding police officer and tell him or her your version of events. You should also request that the officer prepare a police report and request a copy of that report.

The knowledgeable Tucson drunk driving accident attorneys at Zanes Law can investigate the circumstances of your accident and assist you with obtaining the documentation that you and your case need to be successful—including a copy of the police report from the accident scene. We can assemble a demand package that presents your case in the best possible light, and that will increase your chances of obtaining a favorable settlement offer in your case. Please give Zanes Law a call at (520) 777-7777 for your free initial case evaluation and consultation about your drunk driving collision today.

If you or someone you love suffered injuries in a drunk driving accident, you need a knowledgeable team of lawyers on your side advocating for you and negotiating with the drunk driver’s insurance company on your behalf. The process of getting compensated for your car crash injuries begins by filing a claim with the drunk driver’s motor vehicle insurer. The initial demand package that the insurance company should receive will contain several important pieces of documentation that might later serve as evidence in the case (such as if the matter goes to a jury trial). A demand package may include some or all of the following categories of documents:

  • An initial settlement demand letter – In a demand letter, the accident victim—through his or her attorney—makes an initial demand to settle the personal injury case. The demand must fall within the limits of the at-fault driver’s applicable insurance policy coverage. In cases where there was a fatality or the accident victim suffered one or more serious injuries, then the initial demand might well be the full limits of the at-fault driver’s insurance policy. Since this is an opening demand, it is always important to ask for more money than you think you will get in the personal injury case.
  • Photographs – As part of a demand package, the accident victim’s lawyer can include photographs and/or video footage from the accident scene, including footage/photographs of the vehicles, their speeds, and their positions. Photographs of the accident victim’s injuries can also be part of the demand package.
  • Treating medical records and bills – In addition to other important documents, copies of all of the accident victim’s medical records and bills should be in the demand package. These documents attest to the medical treatment that the accident victim received following the accident, as well as the cost of that treatment. In cases where a healthcare provider completed a permanency evaluation, there is evidence that the car accident victim suffered a permanent injury—and that the injury was a direct result of the accident.
  • Lost wage records – Some victims of drunk driving accidents sustain injuries to such an extent that they have to miss time from work to recover from their injuries and get well again. Lost wage documentation often includes employment records that state the dates that the accident victim missed from work following the collision, as well as the amount of money the accident victim lost. It is also important to include documentation from a health care provider that provided specific direction to the accident victim to be absent from work.
  • Victim impact statement – A victim impact statement is a written statement we help the accident victims prepare. It describes the impact that the drunk driving accident and injuries have had on the victim’s overall life and well-being. For example, the statement might describe the specific activities that the accident victim can no longer do following the accident.

In some drunk driving accident cases where liability is clear (where the responding police officer determined that the at-fault driver was intoxicated), the insurance company will admit fault—or liability—for the accident. Once the insurance company receives and reviews the settlement demand package, an adjuster might make an offer to resolve the case. Since these initial settlement offers are usually very low, accident victims should be wary about accepting them without further negotiations.

An experienced Tucson drunk driving accident attorney at Zanes Law can negotiate with the insurance company adjuster on your behalf and pursue the compensation that you deserve for your injuries. If, after several rounds of negotiations, the insurance company still refuses to offer you the compensation that you need, our legal team welcomes the opportunity to litigate your case in the state court system. Contact Zanes Law at (520) 777-7777 for a free case evaluation and legal consultation today.

Some drunk driving motor vehicle accident cases—the majority, in fact—settle before the case ever goes to trial. Many insurance companies do not want to risk taking the case to trial and having the jury award the accident victim a significant amount of money. However, if the insurance company, for whatever reason, is not offering you full and fair value for your case, you have the option of filing a lawsuit and litigating your case.

Just because your lawyer files a lawsuit on your behalf in the court system does not necessarily mean that your case is going to go all the way to a jury trial. Once the lawsuit begins, the parties to the car accident case can still engage in discovery and make further attempts to resolve the matter. If the case does not settle, the parties may decide to take the case to a jury trial, where the jury will decide all disputed issues. In the alternative, the parties might pursue alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation or arbitration. Please give Zanes Law a call at (520) 777-7777 for more information and to discuss the legal options that are available to you.

Victims of drunk driving accidents often suffer very serious injuries that require medical treatment, medical procedures, and physical therapy. All of this treatment can cost a significant amount of money, allowing an accident victims medical bills to pile up quickly.

If you suffered injuries as a result of a drunk drivers negligence, you might be eligible to file a claim or lawsuit against the drunk driver and his or her insurance company, seeking monetary damages. To recover damages for a particular injury, you must demonstrate, through medical testimony, that your injuries are causally related to the drunk driving accident.

The amount of damages for which you are eligible in a car crash case depends upon a variety of factors, including the seriousness of your injuries and the cost of your medical treatment. First and foremost, you could pursue monetary compensation for all of the medical treatment that you received following your accident. This includes the costs of all related medical procedures and physical therapy. You can recover these costs even if your health insurance paid for some or all of this treatment.

In addition, if you had to miss time from work as a result of injuries you suffered in the car crash, you could claim lost wages and/or loss of earning capacity. Loss of earning capacity claims typically arise when the accident victim has injuries so severe that he or she cannot return to the same job or occupation following the accident.

In addition to these out-of-pocket costs, a drunk driving car accident victim could pursue noneconomic damages. These damages compensate accident victims for all of the inconveniences, pain, and suffering that they had to endure because of their injuries. In addition, if the accident victim suffered a permanent injury, such as paralysis, he or she could seek compensation for loss of the ability to use a body part. In addition, if the accident victim’s injuries resulted in lost quality of life, the accident victim could also pursue a claim for those damages. Finally, the accident victim could seek monetary damages for emotional distress, mental anguish, and loss of spousal companionship or consortium.

Please give Zanes Law a call at (520) 777-7777 to learn more about how we could help you make a claim for monetary compensation and damages in your Tucson drunk driving car accident case.

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