Liability For Drunk Driving Injuries in Arizona
Here are some thoughts on the legal rights of people injured by drunk drivers in Arizona from attorney contributor Kevin Biniazin. He may give more insight into the laws behind a settlement after getting hit by drunk driver.
The legal options available to people injured by drunk drivers vary from state to state. In many states, including Arizona, these injury victims may have grounds for both a personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver as well as a dram shop lawsuit against the alcohol vendor who provided alcohol to the intoxicated person who caused the crash.
In Arizona, dram shop laws say that people who have been injured by drunk drivers can file lawsuits against alcohol vendors if they provided the person who caused the crash with alcohol and that person was either:
- obviously intoxicated at the time the alcohol was provided, or
- a minor if the vendor was aware that the minor was under 21 or did not request identification.
Here is an example of a case that might qualify for a dram shop lawsuit in Arizona:
Let’s say that Daniel goes to the White Owl Tavern and has a few drinks. He begins to show signs that he’s obviously intoxicated, including falling off his stool and slurring his speech. Despite these signs, he continues to order drinks and the bartender continues to serve him. Daniel then leaves the tavern in his car and crashes into Harry’s vehicle, seriously injuring him. Harry may have grounds for both a personal injury lawsuit against Daniel and also a dram shop lawsuit against the White Owl Tavern.
If you or someone close to you has recently been injured or killed after a collision with a drunk driver, you can learn more about your legal rights by speaking with an experienced drunk driving injury victims attorney in a free consultation.
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