Drunk Driving Injury Accidents
Drunk Driving Accidents
Drunk driving remains a serious national problem that tragically affects numerous lives. In 2011, according to the NHTSA, there were 9,878 alcohol-impaired (BAC > .08) driving fatalities in the United States (31% of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities), one every 53 minutes. In fact, about one-third of all traffic fatalities involve drivers whose abilities have been significantly diminished by drinking. It is estimated that two in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol related crash at some time in their lives. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) rightfully calls alcohol-impaired driving the most frequently committed violent crime in America. While the criminal court system can punish a drunk driver who caused the accident, it is limited in terms of its abilityto to compensate the victims.
In order to help compensate victims, deter drunk driving, and punish impaired drivers who cause accidents, the civil law in Arizona provides that victims can recover punitive damages from drunk drivers in addition to compensatory damages. In some circumstances, the persons or businesses who furnished the alcohol, or the drunk driver’s employer, may be held liable as well.
At the Tucson personal injury attorney law firm of Bache & Lynch, we have worked with many families whose lives have been forever changed by drunk driving accidents. (More)
Alcohol Provider Liability
In drunk driving accidents, as in other car and truck accidents, we look for all potential sources of financial compensation. We look beyond the drivers charged with DUI or DWI and their insurance companies. The fact is, drunk driving accidents often result in serious personal injury and wrongful death. The drunk driver who hit you or your loved one may simply not have enough insurance to fully compensate you for your loss. (More)