Driving under the influence (DUI) is a criminal offense in Arizona, and a driver who commits a DUI offense and causes an accident with another driver will face criminal charges and civil liability for the victim’s damages. However, other parties may also share fault depending on the specific details of the case.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a DUI accident and believe a restaurant, bar, nightclub, or a private social host enabled the at-fault driver to leave the establishment under the influence, you may have a dram shop claim as well as a civil claim against the at-fault driver. Contact AZ DUI Victim attorneys today for a case review and learn how our firm can help with a case like this.
When you need an attorney for a DUI accident claim, you need one with the resources and experience to handle the legal obstacles between you and your financial recovery.
Your attorney can offer peace of mind and help you secure more compensation than you may have expected.
Any DUI accident case can become a complex legal battle depending on the specific factors in play, but dram shop cases are especially difficult. If you suffered injuries due to a drunk driver, it is essential to hold the responsible parties accountable. Your attorney can investigate whether a dram shop or social host supplied the driver with alcohol illegally or negligently and explore your recovery options through a lawsuit against the establishment or host.
In Arizona, it is illegal for a social host or any establishment that serves alcohol to serve to a visibly intoxicated person or to allow a visibly intoxicated person to get in his or her car and drive away. It is also illegal to supply alcohol to minors, even in social settings. Many situations occur in which a third party can bear liability for the damages in a DUI accident.
These are just two examples of how Arizona’s dram shop laws may apply in a DUI accident case. Ultimately, a thorough investigation into a DUI accident case can reveal all responsible parties and potentially increase the plaintiff’s recovery.
A DUI accident has a higher chance of causing severe injuries and significant other damages than a typical car accident; an inebriated driver has slower reaction time and may drive at higher speeds than are acceptable for conditions. If you or a relative suffered injuries in a DUI accident and believe a liquor store, alcohol-serving establishment, or social host bears liability for your damages, contact AZ DUI Victim lawyers today to schedule a consultation and learn about your options for legal recourse.