Phoenix DUI Accident Lawyer
Driving under the influence (DUI) is an egregious act of recklessness that takes thousands of lives each year. In 2017, impaired driving caused 286 fatal car accidents in Arizona, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Gallagher & Kennedy’s lawyers provide aggressive representation for DUI accident victims and their families. If you or a loved one was recently involved in a DUI crash in Arizona, contact us for a free consultation. Our Phoenix DUI accident attorneys may be able to obtain a settlement or verdict on your behalf.
Why Choose Our Phoenix DUI Lawyers?
- We have represented clients in a wide range of personal injury and vehicle accident claims throughout Arizona. Our firm has helped thousands of people in the 40 years since its foundation.
- We have a proven track record of success, with impressive verdicts and settlements. Our firm obtained over $120 million for clients in one year alone.
- We understand the cost of legal services can concern DUI accident victims. We take most cases on contingency fee arrangements – we deduct our fee as a percentage of the recovery only if we win the case.
Criminal vs. Civil DUI Claims
Driving under the influence is a crime in Arizona. A driver is legally too intoxicated to drive if his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) level is at or above 0.08%. Committing the crime of DUI could lead to penalties such as fines, jail time, and mandatory driver’s license suspension. Recovering for a DUI accident as a victim, however, is not just about the criminal justice system. You have the right to file a civil claim against the driver in pursuit of damages.
A criminal DUI conviction will punish the driver for his or her recklessness, but a civil claim can compensate you for your losses. You or your attorney will need to file a DUI tort lawsuit with a civil court in Arizona. Arizona law gives you two years from the date of your accident to file. A civil claim could result in a payout for your past and future health care bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and property damage repairs. You may also receive punitive damages, or additional compensation to punish the defendant.
Do You Need a DUI Accident Attorney?
A drunk or intoxicated driver could ruin your life. If a drunk driver caused catastrophic injuries or killed someone you love, hire an attorney from Gallagher & Kennedy to represent your best interests during insurance settlement negotiations. Serious accidents often require legal intervention to achieve fair results for victims. Our Phoenix car accident attorneys can fight for better settlement offers from an insurance company, or else take your DUI accident claim to trial in pursuit of fair recovery.
Third-Party Liability for a DUI Accident
A drunk driver may not be the only party liable for your DUI accident injuries. Arizona Revised Statutes § 4-311 states that a dram shop, or alcohol vendor, could also absorb liability for a DUI accident in certain circumstances. If the vendor knowingly sold alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person or someone underage, the vendor could be vicariously liable for the conduct of the consumer – including DUI car accidents.
Holding a third party financially responsible could lead to greater compensation for your injuries, especially if the drunk driver committed a hit-and-run or does not have enough insurance to cover your damages. The Phoenix DUI accident lawyers at Gallagher & Kennedy can investigate your case and help you name the appropriate defendant(s). Then, we could help your family fight for fair compensation.
Contact a Phoenix DUI Accident Lawyer Today
At Gallagher & Kennedy, we know a settlement or jury verdict will not reverse the extreme damages a drunk driver might have caused. We also know how much a financial award could help a family in the aftermath of a catastrophic crash. We have seen firsthand how devastating a DUI accident can be physically, emotionally and financially. Our Phoenix auto accident attorneys will work hard to obtain the compensation your family needs to move forward during. Contact us to schedule a free consultation. Call (602) 530-8400 today.