Financial Compensation for People Injured by Drunk Drivers in Arizona
Attorney contributor Kevin Biniazin helps victims of drunk driving crashes recover the financial compensation they need and deserve for the injuries they’ve suffered. Here Kevin provided The Legal Herald with a few thoughts on the legal rights of those who have been hit by drunk drivers in Arizona:
In Arizona and many other states, people who have been injured by drunk drivers may have multiple options for financial compensation. Along with a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who hit them, the victims of these crashes also sometimes have the option to file a dram shop lawsuit against an alcohol vendor or social host who provided alcohol to that driver before the crash. This second type of lawsuit is called a dram shop claim.
According to Arizona’s dram shop laws, alcohol vendors can be sued for injuries caused by their customers if the vendor sold alcohol to someone who was either (a) obviously intoxicated or (b) a minor, if the vendor knew the minor was under 21 or the vendor did not ask for an ID.
For example, imagine that Phil goes to the Brick Tavern and has several beers. Phil begins to stumble and slur his speech, but the bartender continues serving him drinks. Phil then leaves the bar in his vehicle and crashes into Tracy, seriously injuring her. Tracy may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against Phil and also a dram shop claim against the Brick Tavern for serving an obviously intoxicated customer.
Each drunk driving injury case is unique and the legal options available will vary depending on the circumstances of the crash. You can learn more about your legal options after being hit by a drunk driver in a free consultation with an experienced drunk driving injury victims lawyer.
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