What to Do If You Are in a Motor Vehicle Accident with a Phoenix Drunk Driver
Some of the most heinous car accidents are caused by reckless drunk drivers who decide to get behind the wheel while impaired. Alcohol and controlled substances severely hamper reaction times, making it incredibly difficult for intoxicated drivers to obey traffic laws and operate their cars safely. As such, it is against the law to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the state of Arizona. Unfortunately, over 5,000 car accidents each year are caused by drunk drivers, resulting in approximately 3,500 injuries and 200 deaths. Drunk drivers are responsible for about 26% of all traffic fatalities nationwide.
If you or a loved one were injured by a Phoenix drunk driver, Breyer Law Offices, P.C. can assist you with pursuing compensation and justice. To schedule a free consultation, call our Phoenix office at (602) 267-1280.
The first thing you should do after being struck by a drunk driver is too assess yourself and any passengers for injuries. When you are hurt, your body enters shock and may mask pain. It is important that you inspect yourself and others for any signs of pain, discomfort, or visible injury. If you or a passenger is hurt, immediately dial 911 and request an ambulance. In addition, request that an officer respond to the scene of the accident. The officer will survey the damages, notate injuries, interview witnesses, and write a report assessing fault. If the at-fault driver is intoxicated, the officer will perform field sobriety tests and run a breathalyzer test, then arrest the driver. A drunk driving conviction can then be used by you to prove negligent driving.
Next, you should contact an attorney. For the past twenty years, the Phoenix personal injury lawyers at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. have been assisting Arizona residents with fighting drunk drivers and recovering damages following disastrous car accidents. We understand how difficult this time may be for you and your family and are ready and eager to assist you with pursuing compensating for your injuries so that you can focus on healing. In addition, we have experience with investigating accidents, negotiating with car insurance companies, and proving negligence at trial. We will advise you on how to proceed with your case, including how to preserve your claim.
For instance, it is vital to preserve any and all evidence. This includes taking photographs of damage done to the cars before they are repaired, keeping a copy of the police report, photographing injuries, collecting medical records, and maintaining contact information for any witnesses. To learn more about how we can help you seek reimbursement for your injuries, speak with a knowledgeable Phoenix drunk driver injury attorney at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. today at (602) 267-1280.