Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
Drunk driving accidents occur after senseless acts of irresponsibility that should not be happening. The drunk drivers who are responsible for the injuries and deaths of innocent people need to receive severe consequences for their actions. Pima County has the second highest alcohol related deaths per year in the entire country.
If you or a loved one has been injured or suffered a wrongful death due to a drunk driver please contact the Tucson auto accident attorneys at the Lara Law Firm, PLLC.
ACTUAL OR CONSTRUCTIVE KNOWLEDGE OF ADVERSE DRIVER’S DRINKING
Under the common law, once duty is established, the law requires that a defendant conform to a standard of care. Markowitz v. Arizona Parks Board, 146 Ariz. 352, 706 P.2d 364 (1985). In negligence cases, the standard of care is usually reasonable care under the circumstances. Or, put another way, conduct will be negligent if defendant acts unreasonably in light of the known or foreseeable risks. If reasonable people could differ as to whether the danger of some injury is foreseeable, the question of negligence is one of fact for a jury to decide.
Actual or constructive knowledge requires more than knowing merely that unspecified, absent persons will be drinking. The licensee must have actual or constructive knowledge that a particular person will be drinking. The finder of fact looks to several factors to determine whether the licensee should reasonably have foreseen that the purchaser of the alcohol would not be the only consumer of the alcohol.
Further, the finder of fact must look to the quantity of alcohol purchased, statements made at the time of purchase, and any other relevant circumstances of the sale. Whether the tavern owner breached its duty, whether it acted reasonably under the circumstances, turns on whether it possessed actual or constructive knowledge that the drunk driver continued to drink.
Damages After a DUI Accident
Those hurt by drunk drivers can file civil claims seeking compensation for damages such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Car repairs
- Wrongful death
- Medical bills
- Loss of current and future income.
- Emotional distress
- Loss of opportunity to enjoy life
These claims are often paid by the intoxicated driver’s insurance company but if the driver acted with deliberate indifference to the safety of others, he or she may be sued for punitive damages, payable out of their own pocket. Furthermore, a claim may be pursued against the drinking establishment that provided the liquor to the driver.
Arizona Dram Shop Law
Arizona dram shop law states that it is illegal for businesses to serve alcohol to persons who are visibly intoxicated or to people “actually or apparently” under the age of 21. Thus, drunk driving accident personal injury actions can involve many parties that may have overlapping claims and conflicts of interest.
Our legal team will pursue all avenues of possible recovery to help compensate you and your loved ones for the injuries and losses suffered as a consequence of a drunken driving accident. We understand that winning a lawsuit will not heal your physical injuries or bring back a loved one who may have died due to someone else’s negligence, but financial compensation can ease your mind and help allow you to focus on recovering from such a horrible event.
We are committed to diligently representing your interests, and we work hard to see that justice is obtained for you and your family. You can reach us at 520-577-0707. We welcome all phone calls.
Call Our Car Tucson Accident Injury Attorney Today
The personal injury attorneys at the Lara Law Firm, PLLC have experience in all areas of personal injury and wrongful death. We work with seasoned professionals to assist in the investigation of your case to determine all of the facts and who was at fault. Our attorneys have an excellent understanding of the intricacies of Tucson’s No-Fault Law as well as Underinsurance and Uninsured Motorist Coverage issues.
If you or a loved one has been injured by an intoxicated driver please contact the lawyers at the Lara Law Firm, PLLC.
Tucson Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
Being injured or losing a loved one is a terrible experience to have to go through. But when it is because someone was driving drunk, it is much worse and can include an almost unthinkable rage and regret. If you or a family member has been a victim in a drunk driving accident, get in touch with a Tucson personal injury attorney right away.
Driving Drunk While Operating A Motor Vehicle
At the Lara Law Firm we know how hurt, angry and confused you can be in such a situation, and that you very likely want to seek justice against the one responsible for such an accident. We are passionate about helping to obtain that justice, and the financial compensation you deserve. Money will not reverse the past, but it can bring relief for high medical costs, loss of income that the victim had been making, and loss of lifestyle.
Arizona DUI Accident Lawyer
Accidents caused by someone under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) can be some of the most devastating crashes.
This is because a drunk driver is not likely to be alert to their immediate surroundings and thus they don’t usually try to slow down or avoid collision like a sober person would. Tremendous property damage, injury and even loss of life results from these accidents. Anyone driving in Arizona with a blood alcohol level of .08% or higher is legally driving under the influence of alcohol. It is also illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to have any alcohol percent in their blood while on the road.
Whether you were hurt or someone in your family was an injured party, you owe it to yourself to get in touch with the attorneys and professional legal staff at Lara Law for our experienced legal help. We have reached successful resolutions for clients all over the state and want to assist you in doing the same.
Contact a Tucson Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer from our offices for strong and experienced legal representation if you have been struck by a drunk driver.