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
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
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:
- 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!