People who’ve been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs face severe penalties, including expensive fines, jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, and possibly end up with a permanent criminal record. In addition, felony DUI laws and punitive damages can apply in cases where a convicted DUI driver is involved in an accident in which bodily harm or death was inflicted on another passenger or driver. Mesa DUI accident lawyer Warnock MacKinlay Law has represents people involved in DUI accidents.
DUI Accidents and Negligence
According to Arizona law, intoxicated drivers who kill or injure someone else are subject to punitive damages. It goes above and beyond simple negligence because the DUI driver clearly broke the law. Victims may be entitled to additional compensation which acts as a deterrent to prevent the DUI driver from committing the same offense in the future. Punitive damages can be characterized as additional damages. Because of the DUI driver’s deplorable actions, he/she may be forced to pay additional compensation to the victim(s). The drunk driver might also face other legal punishment for driving under the influence — fines, jail time and loss of driving privileges.
What Should I Do If I’ve Been Involved in a DUI Accident?
If you’ve been involved in a DUI accident in Mesa:
- First check to see if anyone was injured. You will need to call an ambulance and the police, and try to stay with injured parties until help arrives.
- If possible, try to move your vehicle out of harm’s way so that you’re not creating a safety hazard by obstructing traffic.
- Be sure to meet with all other drivers involved to trade information such as names, addresses, pphone numbers and insurance company information.
- Be sure to call the police or law enforcement as soon as possible. And your insurance company.
- Never leave the scene of the accident. Never admit fault or responsibility.
- Do not provide a written or recorded statement to the insurance company.
How Important Is An Experienced Lawyer?
DUI accidents that cause serious injuries can result in excessive medical bills for treatment, surgery, medications, and physical therapy or rehab. Injured victims can also suffer lost wages and possibly a loss of employment.
Drunk driving accident victims deserve understanding and competent legal representation to recover damages for their pain and suffering. Mesa accident attorney Warnock MacKinlay Law understands what you are facing, and will counsel you about your options and help you make the right decisions.
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If you or a loved one has been involved in a DUI accident in the greater Phoenix area, Glendale, Mesa, or Scottsdale, please contact Nate today to set up your free initial case evaluation by filling out the online form or by calling 602-833-0933.