How Do DUIs Differ From Normal Accidents?

Any kind of car accident can lead to challenging legal issues, but DUI accident cases pose unique challenges. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in an Arizona DUI accident, an attorney can help you recover your losses through a personal injury claim. AZ DUI Victim attorneys are available to hear your story and let you know how our firm can help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.

Why Work With Us?

Finding the right attorney will make a significant difference in the outcome of a DUI victim case in Arizona.

  • AZ DUI Victim attorneys have more than 100 years of combined experience handling DUI accident cases from both sides, affording us an unmatched level of experience with these civil claims.
  • Our attorneys offer white-glove legal services, meaning we will handle all aspects of your DUI victim claim so you can rest assured and focus on your recovery.
  • We have two of only four board-certified DUI attorneys in Arizona on our team, meaning no other Arizona firm can match the level of specialized attention our firm can provide.
  • Thanks to our significant experience with these cases, we can help you maximize your recovery after a DUI accident.

Ultimately, hiring an attorney not only increases the chances of securing a financial recovery after a DUI accident; doing so will also likely lead to more compensation than you could secure on your own.

How DUI Accident Cases Are Different Than Typical Accident Cases

DUI accident cases differ from normal motor vehicle collisions in numerous ways.

  • DUI accidents can be more severe than standard car accidents. This may mean greater property damage, more serious injuries, and greater time spent away from your work, recovering from your injuries.
  • DUI accidents often come with criminal charges. Arizona has some of the strictest DUI laws in the country, so when an intoxicated driver causes an accident, the state usually charges the driver to the fullest extent of the law.
  • The compensation process varies slightly. In a standard car accident, you would typically contact the insurance companies with the help of an attorney to make a claim against the at-fault party. However, in a DUI accident, this may not be the case. Some insurers refuse to pay out for any damages resulting from a DUI, under the argument that they don’t cover accidents caused by intentional conduct. As a result, an insurance company may outright deny your claim, and you may need to consult an attorney for other compensation options.
  • Compensation usually happens through a civil claim. As mentioned above, the difficulty of securing compensation through an insurance company typically means that you may need to file a lawsuit with the courts in order to receive any damages.
  • The evidence in play in the criminal case will likely pertain to the civil claim. The standard of proving guilt is lower in a civil case, so if a criminal case leads to a conviction, it is likely the victims can meet the standard of proof in their civil claims against the driver. The court may even call upon the victim in a DUI accident civil case to testify as a witness in the related criminal case, and your attorney can help prepare you for these court appearances.

Ultimately, an attorney is highly recommended in a DUI accident civil claim. Even if there is overwhelming evidence against the at-fault party, a lawyer knowledgeable in DUI accidents has the experience and ability to maximize your compensation, ensuring you receive the damages you are rightfully owed.

Hire a DUI Accident Attorney as Soon as Possible

The right attorney can make a significant difference in the outcome of a DUI civil claim. AZ DUI Victim attorneys have the resources and experience to help you handle your DUI victim civil claim and let you know what to expect from the related criminal proceedings. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in an Arizona DUI accident, contact us today to learn how our firm can help you recover your losses.