Approximately 3 in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol related crash at some time in their life. Drunk or drugged driving is a crime. Drunk driving victims are not hurt accidently. The crime is the result of two choices made by a driver: to use alcohol or other drugs and to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Crashes that result from drunk or drugged driving are completely preventable.
When a loved one has been injured or killed by a drunk or drugged driver, the first task is simply trying to cope with the shock and horror of the trauma. The overwhelming physical loss and emotional suffering is compounded by the second victimization of costs for medical care, travel, counseling, lost wages and funeral expenses. Arizona, like most states, has a victim compensation fund to provide limited financial assistance for drunk driving victims. A civil case can be filed against the perpetrator or any negligent third party in order to more fully compensate a family for lost wages, medical expenses, funeral expenses, and emotional damages suffered by the loss of a loved one. Although a civil suit will never fully enable a family to recover from the loss of a loved one, it can be a powerful tool to assist a family who depended on the loved one for financial support and to hold negligent parties accountable for their actions.
Others beside the drunk driver may be responsible for the crash caused by the drunk driver. Bars, restaurants and nightclubs are required to stop serving inebriated patrons. If they over serve patrons, their impaired customer injures another, they may be held responsible for the damage. Anyone who makes alcohol available to a minor may be held responsible for the injury the minor does to others or themselves.
If you or someone you know has been affected or victimized by a drunk driving accident, please contact the attorneys at The Law Office of Sara J. Powell. We seek justice for victims through compensation and rights advocacy.