Phoenix Drugged Driving Accident Attorneys
Proving Legal Representation for Victims of Drugged Driving Accidents
If you or someone you love was injured in an Arizona drugged driving accident, you may be wondering "what just happened?"
We all know that accidents can happen when drivers aren’t paying attention to the road or are driving drunk. But when you’re involved in an accident with someone who has taken illegal drugs or abused prescription medication, you’re suddenly launched into another realm. In fact, most victims do not understand not only what has happened, but also whether or not a crime was committed against them during the course of the accident. That can make getting the help that you need trickier, especially when it comes to getting the insurance company for the negligent driver on your side.
You don’t have to try to learn the law on your own and you don’t have to go into battle armed with nothing but the basic facts of your case. Working with a skilled Phoenix car accident attorney can ensure that you have a strong case and that your needs for recovery and for the future are met. That is why you should call The Husband & Wife Law Team, at (602) 457-6222 today. We have the skills that your claim needs.
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What Constitutes Drugged Driving in Arizona?
The law in Arizona clearly defines what it means to be driving under the influence of drugs. ARS 28-1381 states that a driver who has any controlled substance in his or her system or who is impaired to even the slightest degree by any combination of toxic substances (including alcohol and drugs) is considered to be "under the influence." In the event of a crash, that driver will be cited for driving under the influence.
However, getting the insurance company and the negligent driver to admit to that reality can be more difficult than you might think, even with a police report. Having a strong and determined personal injury attorney on your side can help push your case forward and hold the driver responsible for his or her actions. Even in cases where a drug overdose or reaction might have been accidental, it is important to remember that you still have rights and should never be guilted into "letting it go." Drugged drivers aren’t just dangerous -- they are potentially deadly.
What Makes Drugged Drivers Dangerous?
When drivers take substances that impair their ability to drive, it is incredibly dangerous for them and the people around them on the road. Drugged driving doesn’t just involve illegals drugs or marijuana. Even drugs prescribed by a doctor can be dangerous to consume before or while driving. That is because many drugs impact the brain, leaving that person unable to make good decisions or even see the road properly. Drugs can impact a driver’s:
- Reaction time
- Ability to judge distance
Even if a driver is left with good judgment and balance, if he becomes drowsy due to medication, then he may fall asleep at the wheel. That is why it is always so important to check the labels of medication before getting behind the wheel of car. Drugs that are illegal to take before driving as usually marked with “Do not operate heavy machinery” in order to warn users off from driving.
What About Driving While High?
Marijuana is legal for recreational use in Arizona. However, that does not mean it is legal to drive while high. Just as drunk drivers are breaking the law, so are “high” drivers. Marijuana has a serious impact on the brain, and those driving under its influence are not capable of being safe or responsible while on the roadway.
Drugged drivers will have slow reaction times and may suffer from blurred or double vision, making it difficult to navigate obstacles. These drivers will also have impaired judgment, and may choose to speed, run red lights, or swerve across the road. There is not as much data on the dangers of driving under the influence of marijuana as there is with alcohol, since marijuana has been illegal for a very long time. However, that does not mean that driving while high is not dangerous.
If a friend or family member tries to drive you anywhere after consuming marijuana, you should have them pull over and let you out of the car, so long as you are in a safe area. Staying in the car is very likely to get you injured or killed. Drugged driving is no joke.
What Type of Compensation Can I Receive in a Drugged Driving Accident Lawsuit?
If you were seriously injured in an Arizona drugged driving accident, you likely have medical bills stacking up while you’re unable to work and that presents a pretty significant problem. Just because you see the problem doesn’t mean that the insurance company or the other driver will see the problem - or care, for that matter.
Every case is different, but working with a skilled lawyer can help you receive the compensation needed for your recovery. Most victims find that with the right help, they’re able to recover damages to help cover:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Therapy costs
- Suffering and pain
- Lost income and work time
- Loss of the ability to enjoy life
- Emotional trauma
However, your ability to recover the damages that you have suffered will hinge on the strength of your claim. Going into a claim without evidence and no legal expertise can cause you to lose out on compensation. That is why you should always enlist the help of a skilled personal injury lawyer before starting the claims process.
What Can a Drugged Driving Accident Attorney Do to Help Me?
Sometimes, victims of Arizona drugged driving accidents are afraid to reach out to an attorney for help, which is understandable. Friends, family, coworkers, insurance companies, and others will probably tell you that it’s a bad idea - based on things they’ve heard or read, or think they know. After all, if you are already in deep medical debt due to the accident, why add attorney fees to the pile?
But working with an attorney helps you with your case. The Husband & Wife Law Team builds a strong case that is based on evidence. We interview witnesses, do background checks, and do everything possible to ensure that you get the settlement you deserve. Our attorneys work on a contingency basis. That means that you don’t have to pay us up front, and if we don’t win your case, you will never owe us a dime.
We understand that recovery is more than just a word and it’s more than just physical. Recovery takes time. It requires your mental and emotional focus. You can’t do that when you’re battling for fair compensation. We step in and take over the logistics of your recovery so that you can focus on what really matters: getting better and helping yourself and your family to move forward. If your injuries are too severe for travel, you needn’t worry; we’re ready to come to wherever you are in order to help you get started on your case and your recovery.
If you’re ready to talk about your rights and your options after a serious collision with a driver who was under the influence of drugs, reach out for a free case consultation with Phoenix car accident attorneys Mark and Alexis Breyer at (602) 457-6222.
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