Scottsdale DUI Accident Attorney

Drunk Driving Accidents and Injury Claims

Arizona has more than its share of drunk driving accidents. It is in fact one of the main causes of car accidents, injuries and fatalities in the state, accounting for 34% of all motor vehicle accident related deaths. An innocent driver that just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time can suffer serious injuries or lose their lives in an instant. Drunk drivers frequently weave from lane to lane, run red lights, and drive the wrong way on streets, roads and freeways, endangering the lives of others through their negligent actions. If you were injured or lost a loved one because of a drunk driver, a Scottsdale car accident attorney from The Watkin Law Office, PC can assist you to pursue justice and fair compensation.

What should you do after a drunk driver hits you?

If you believe that you've been hit by a drunk driver, then there are a few steps you should take after an accident.

  • Write down the license plate of the other car. If the other driver tries to leave, do not try and physically stop that individual.
  • Call 911. An emergency response team and police officer can figure out if anyone needs help, as well as determine the impairment status of the driver at fault. If the other driver asks you if you called, simply say that help is on the way. The driver may get panicked or even hostile if they have been drinking and they realize the police are on their way.
  • While you are waiting, don't make unnecessary conversation with the driver. Don't ask if they have been drinking or anything else related to the accident.
  • After the police arrive on the scene, you can inform the officer that you think the other driver might have been drinking. They can then investigate the driver by administering field sobriety or chemical tests to determine their BAC level.

When the police arrive, you can also begin to take the steps you would after a normal car accident. This includes taking notes and pictures of the scene, acquiring witnesses, and exchanging insurance information. To make sure that you are not injured in any way, see a doctor. Some injuries are not apparent until days or even weeks after an accident. A medical professional is the only person that can verify that your body is properly working.

How to Report a Drunk Driver

If you are on the road and think that another driver may be intoxicated, then you should absolutely report the driver to authorities. The following are some common signs of intoxication:

  • Swerving
  • Illegal turns or turns with a wide radius
  • Stopping without cause or in an abrupt manner
  • Tail gaiting
  • Driving more than 10mph below the speed limit
  • Driving the wrong way or on a surface that is not a roadway
  • Responding slowly to traffic signals

If you recognize any of the above signs, then take action. Pull over and call 911. Inform the operator that you want to report a drunk driver. If you do not wish to give your name, you do not have to. You should also be prepared to give the vehicle's location, and the direction it is traveling. If you are able, communicate the color, make, model, and license plate of the vehicle. Also, describe the signs that you observe. Hopefully, an officer will be able to respond the call to prevent any harm from being caused. If you have been hit by a drunk driver and were unable to identify their vehicle, then talk to Attorney Clark Watkin, who has had extensive experience in this area. He may be able to get you the compensation you need, even in a hit and run case.

Seeking Compensation for Your Losses

When a criminal act leads to injury or death, it is important that justice is pursued. There is no way to turn back the clock and undo the accident. The form of justice that can be sought is either through an accident claim to pursue compensatory damages or in civil court if the claim is contested. In a drunk driving injury claim, it is vital that you have legal representation with a great deal of experience in civil trials, and who also has a record of success in resolving drunk driving accident injury claims.

Attorney Watkin's over 40 years dedicated to personal injury law has given him the experience, insight and skill in court that you need on your side. He knows how to best proceed and the necessary actions to take to get fair and full compensation. The damages sought after will include:

  • All medical bills
  • The cost of rehabilitation
  • Lost income from work, both now and in the future
  • Any other economic damages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of quality of life for the victim or their family, based upon the injuries that were sustained

As a drunk driver is often responsible for catastrophic injuries, the settlement sought could be very high value. The cost of medical treatment alone can range into the hundreds of thousands of dollars in the first year. Any loss of quality of life can often impact every area of the injured person's life, and must be addressed with a great deal of skill, as the future health and care of the victim will be paid through the settlement or verdict that is achieved. Our firm's Scottsdale personal injury knows the importance of recovering the maximum possible compensation. Allow him to get involved as early as possible in the claims process. Fill out our free case evaluation form today!