Being the victim of a drunk driving accident is terrifying for any Arizona resident. It’s important to know your rights and what to do if you were involved in an accident with a drunk driver.
Why is a drunk driving accident so dangerous?
Drunk driving is a huge problem for everyone sharing the roads. This includes other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. When a person consumes alcohol and gets behind the wheel, their ability to safely operate a vehicle is significantly impaired. Judgment, reaction time and visual ability are significantly reduced. A person’s physical coordination also suffers, increasing the risk of a serious car accident.
Who is most likely to be driving drunk?
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, adults between the ages of 21 and 24 are most likely to get into a drunk driving accident. Men are more likely than women to be intoxicated while driving. They also account for 80% of all drunk driving deaths and are four times as likely as women to get into an accident while driving drunk.
What should you do after an accident with a drunk driver?
If you were in an accident with a drunk driver, it’s important to immediately seek medical attention. Even if you feel uninjured after the accident, you might have an as-yet-unseen injury. You might initially feel fine due to the huge surge of adrenaline rushing through your body after such a harrowing experience. Drunk driving accidents often result in catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries.
Call the police immediately and exchange information with the other driver. Take photos of the accident scene and vehicles as part of your evidence. Speak with witnesses and get their information.
You have the right to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver or their insurance policy. There are certain damages you might be able to recover if your case is successful. In addition to medical expenses, lost wages and repairs to your vehicle, you might also be eligible for pain and suffering and punitive damages after a drunk driving accident.
Holding the at-fault party liable is important after a serious drunk driving accident. Financial compensation may help in your recovery.