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Drinking and driving is a major cause of accidents in every city and state in America. Although the news media, the police, and educators, have repeatedly warned people of the dangers of drinking and driving, people continue to do it. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, you need a personal injury law firm to get the financial compensation you need to recover from your injuries. The attorneys at Wattel and York have years of experience representing injury victims. They are among the top drunk driving accident attorneys in Arizona.

Drunk Driving Accident Statistics

There were 243 alcohol-related fatalities on Arizona roads in 2021. This is over a 6% increase from the previous year. In 2021, there were 3,609 alcohol-related injuries. This is a significant increase from 2020, when there were 2,899 alcohol-related injuries.

Financial damages from accidents in Pima County totaled $2,466,856,812 in 2021. Insurance companies, individuals, and the county government helped pay for those costs. 

Insurance Laws In Arizona

The United States has two different types of insurance rules: fault and no fault. In a fault state, the negligent driver’s insurance company pays the collision-related bills. In a no-fault state, a person’s insurance provider will pay their bills even if they were responsible for the accident. There are some no-fault states where an insurance company can deny payment if their client was drunk at the time of the accident. 

Arizona is a fault state. When you are hurt in a car accident involving drugs or alcohol, it is important to collect all the evidence you can to get the money from the drunk driver’s insurance company to pay for damage to your car and medical bills.

Insurance companies can be very tight-fisted. The more evidence you have, the less likely they are to deny your insurance claim.

What to Do at The Scene of a Drunk Driving Accident

Whenever you are involved in any kind of car accident, you should pull over to the side of the road to see if anyone is hurt. Call the police and wait for them to arrive. Get the names and numbers of witnesses who may have seen the accident. Exchange insurance information and contact information with anyone else involved in the crash.

Always take pictures of the cars after an accident. Insurance adjusters will look at the configuration of the vehicles to find out who caused the accident. If you suspect the other driver is drunk based on their behavior, let the police officer know. 

Look in the other driver’s car window and see if there is evidence of alcohol or drug use, such as bottles or needles. Take a picture if you can. Ask for a copy of the accident report, which should reveal if the other person failed a breathalyzer test.

You will want to keep informed of any criminal charges against the other driver for drunk or reckless driving. You may be called as a witness in a criminal case if you were injured by a drunk driver.

Arizona has the toughest drunk driving laws in the U.S. A person can pay $1,250 in fines, face driver’s license suspension, and jail time if they injure someone. A third offense can result in license revocation.

Save Your Bills 

Save every medical bill you get including:

  • Doctor visits
  • Physical therapy
  • Alternative treatments (such as massages and cryogenic therapy)
  • Surgical procedures

You should also save the bills from any household service you need due to your accident. If you are unable to drive, include the bills for any ride-share services you used.

Ask your employer to write a letter stating the number of hours you have missed from work. If you are self-employed or a freelancer, write a letter for yourself. 

What an Insurance Company Looks For

Once you have gathered your motor vehicle accident-related bills, you will file an insurance claim with the other driver’s insurance company. They will assign your case to an insurance adjuster who will review the evidence and decide if they can approve your claim. If they approve of it, they will make you a settlement offer. You should never accept this offer without talking to an attorney first.

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Why You Need a Lawyer For Drunk Driving Accidents

If you have been hit by an intoxicated driver, you may think that you do not need an attorney. However, a car accident is not always a person’s fault just because they were driving drunk. The insurance company will try to argue that you were completely or partially responsible for the accident. They will try to pay you less because of your culpability.

An attorney can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. They will use facts to show the other driver should be held responsible. They can subpoena records in a court case that you cannot.

The victims of drunk drivers often suffer serious damage, such as spinal cord injuries. An attorney may be able to get you additional compensation for pain and suffering.

If your family member suffered fatal injuries, an attorney could represent you in a wrongful death case. 

What Sets Us Apart

There are a lot of drunk driving accident lawyers in the state of Arizona. However, few of them have the experience that the lawyers at Wattel and York do. Our attorneys have a proven track record of negotiating the best deals for our clients.

We have been named one of the top 100 law firms in the country and have won a 2021 Lawyers of Distinction award and a Client Champion Silver Medal.

Dave Wattel and Michael York have represented innocent victims of drunk driving accidents, Uber accidents, and speeding accidents for decades. They help drunk driving victims get fair monetary compensation for property damage, lost income, and medical bills after a car crash. Call us for your free legal consultation. 

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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.”

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“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.”

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“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!!”

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