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DUI Accident Lawyer in Phoenix, AZ

Arizona car accident lawyers helping drunk driver victims in Yuma, Tucson, Chandler, Glendale and Phoenix.

When you’ve been injured or someone you love has been killed or involved in a drunk driving accident, the anger and grief you experience is made even worse by the knowledge that it wouldn’t have happened if an irresponsible person had not decided to get behind the wheel drunk. Drunk driving in Phoenix and across the nation is a serious problem.  Contact an experienced Phoenix, AZ DUI collision lawyer that has experience handling wrongful death cases as well if you are someone you love have been injured or killed in an accident that was caused by a drunk driver.


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  • Every 60 seconds a person is injured in drunk driving crash.
  • Every 50 minutes a person dies in one.
  • One in every five drivers surveyed in a nationwide poll admitted to driving drunk at least once in the previous year.
  • The average person who gets arrested for DUI has driven drunk 80 times before being caught.
  • One out of three people in the U.S. will be in a drunk driving accident.


While DUI is a crime in all fifty states, the victim of an alcohol-related accident will not automatically be compensated simply because the driver was convicted of DUI. To recover damages caused by a drunk driving crash requires making a claim against the driver and showing that the driver’s negligence was the proximate cause of your injury or loss, and that you actually suffered damages. This is best accomplished by hiring an experienced Phoenix, AZ car accident attorney and suing the driver in civil court.


  • First, if the drunk driver is proven to have caused the accident because of negligent or careless driving, the insurance company covering that driver will be responsible to compensate the person who was injured, or the family of someone who died, for their losses because of the injury or death.
  • Second, the driver may also be sued for punitive damages, which are not to compensate the victim for the losses suffered in the accident but to punish the driver for driving drunk.


The fault driver’s insurance company would love for you to negotiate an out-of-court settlement directly with them. But you should realize that the insurance adjuster who seems so sympathetic and promises to take care of you is not your friend. The adjuster is employed by the insurance company for the sole purpose of keeping their payment on your case as low as possible. According to some estimates, accident victims who negotiate their own settlement end up with only about a third of the recovery of victims represented by experienced Phoenix, AZ DUI crash lawyers.

If you have been injured or a family member has been killed by the negligence of a drunk driver in Phoenix or elsewhere in Arizona, you deserve fair compensation for your losses. Don’t damage your case by making a mistake dealing with insurance company representatives.  Contact an experienced wrongful death attorney in Arizona who also has experience handling DUI collision cases for a free legal consultation and legal counsel.


Before you make any statement or sign any papers, consult the Phoenix, Arizona DUI accident attorneys at Wattel & York. We fight for justice on behalf of the drunk driver victims, and we fight to win. Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation and case evaluation; we have offices in Yuma, Chandler, Glendale, Tucson and Phoenix. We hold drunk drivers accountable and make them pay. You pay us nothing up front, and nothing at all unless you win.

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“Amazing people, they had my claim for about a week before they were able to get my truck totaled out. Otherwise I would have been stuck with a truck that had heavy front end damage if they hadn’t stepped in to help me. I tried to deal with my insurance company myself for over a month and that got me nowhere, all I got was a massive headache and a messed up truck. They are very professional and act quickly on your claim. I highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for help.”

Candy J.


“I was in an accident and decided to call Wattel and York. After months of going to a Chiropractor, I finally felt better. When it came time for settlement, the insurance company was making an offer I wanted to accept, Mr. Wattel advised against it and felt the insurance company was shortchanging me. He recommended I file a lawsuit and that will get them to cave. Well, Dave filed suit, and sure enough, the insurance company increased their offer by $4,000! I am very satisfied with how my case was handled.”

Nardeasha S.


“Wattel & York were flat out outstanding with my personal injury case. They made the process painless and kept in constant communication throughout the entire time. Any questions I might’ve had were promptly answered and detail oriented. They gave me crucial advice that I would’ve otherwise not been aware of. I couldn’t have asked for more from them. Put your trust in these guys, you won’t be disappointed. Thanks Wattel & York.”

Mattew P.


“Thank you so much for all your hard work on our behalf! Thinking I could handle it on my own, I was originally reluctant to take my accident claim to an attorney. But I am SO glad I called you instead. Your people were always helpful, pleasant and responsive at every step along the way. You represented us with honesty and integrity and made a traumatic experience as painless as it could be. And best of all, you helped us get a settlement that was fair and far more than I could ever have negotiated on my own! I highly recommend Wattel &York to anyone who has suffered a personal injury.”

Cathy M.

“I was the passenger in a vehicle that was 'T- Boned' at an intersection in 2014. The issues of responsibility and recovery became a difficult and convoluted confusion. I really needed help. This Team at Wattel and York walked me patiently and encouragingly through difficult months, sorting through issues and finally arriving at a satisfactory conclusion. I especially want to name two great and encouraging "warriors" of Wattel and York who directed me along the way..Brian Torba and Melissa Patterson..to them and the whole team I say "Thank You" with heart felt gratitude. Sincerely, God Bless You.”

Robert G.

“Honesty. Integrity. Transparency. Partnership. Wattel & York brought all of these qualities and more to my accident case. I'd love to thank all of the team members who helped me with the process: David Guzman, who conducted the initial interview in my home, Aly Shomar-Esparza, who seamlessly guided me through paperwork and filings, Debbie Harrach, who conducted final review, paperwork revisions and scheduling, and Thomas Grisoni, who counseled me before and attended my deposition. I never felt alone during the arduous process and always knew there was a professional team looking out for my best interest. I highly recommend Wattel & York if you are unfortunately involved in an accident that was not your fault.”

Russ W.

“I was a passenger in a car that got t-boned a few years ago and got a huge gash. I didn't know a lot about lawyers, so I basically just picked one on the flip of a coin. I called Wattel and York and they explained everything, I went into the office and filled out paperwork. Got treatment on my gash over the time I worked with them, glad I did as it opened back up a couple times and bled. They did really good, got me the maximum amount of money, and made sure I was well taken care of. I was updated from time to time so that was good. The only thing I might change is I never got to thank or talk to my lawyer. I think it was because I was already used to dealing with the lady at their Glendale office so they just kept her as my point of contact. So it's okay, I'll thank them with a good review. The last thing I could say about them is months after I thought my case was over they called me and said they had another check for me for a few hundred dollars. Apparently, they negotiated with the hospital I went to after the accident. It was a nice surprise and shows they really had my interests in mind.”

Trent B.

“Wattel & York has been great for me in the past few years. I was involved in a really bad accident while I was on Active Duty in Yuma, Arizona and they have been patient with me every step of the way through a very long process. I would recommend them to anyone thank you for all your help.”

Levy G.

“Appreciate David taking the time to speak with me. He was most kind. From the front line with the receptionist, to him, the firm was a class act all the way around.”

Claire B.

“Dave Wattel represented me and my son on a Personal Injury case from a motor vehicle accident back in 2009. Jake P. handled my deposition and Dave did the Quarterbacking. The insurance company hired NFL referee Ed Hochuli's firm to try and deny our claim. But Wattel & York made it look as easy as Tom Brady on the football field. The result was more than acceptable and my son and I were compensated for our injuries and rehabilitation. Dave Wattel cares about his clients. If I ever find myself in a situation like this again, Wattel & York will be on speed dial!!”

Vince C.

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