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Driving and the Dram Shop Law

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With 1.9% of drivers across America admitting to drinking too much and then getting behind the wheel of their car and driving each year, the stats for drink-driving are actually rather surprising. When someone drinks much at a bar and then gets in their car and has an accident, it’s easy to assume they should be held completely responsible. However, dram shop laws have been designed to protect them too- especially if they then go on to have an auto accident, as the responsibility of selling someone too much alcohol is then considered in the eyes of the law.

Our blog looks at the victims of DUI and the role of dram shop law to protect both the driver and accident victim as well as other factors to consider when looking at driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, from the perspective of our own experienced attorneys.

The injury attorneys at Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm in Phoenix have significant experience in helping clients who have been victims of DUI accidents, including those that involve dram shop laws. If you need help filing a claim for one of these awful, life changing accidents, we are here to help you get the compensation you deserve. Our offices are conveniently located in Chandler, Peoria, and North Phoenix, and we can meet in-person or over the phone or video call.  You can contact us for a free consultation, or read on to find out more.

By the way, we will also help with other problems that have cost you sleep, like getting a rental car very soon and finding a nearby doctor or psychiatrist who can help get your life back on track. Even the best legal team isn’t good enough if your quality of life isn’t sustainable while justice and compensation are on the way. The whole point of legal action is to regain quality of life, so we help you long-term as attorneys and short-term as your go-to people. Our familiarity with the local Phoenix courts and the local dram shop laws makes us confident that we can help you get the best settlement possible.

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DUI Accidents and Dram Shop Laws

You may know someone who has been a victim of a DUI accident, or perhaps even experienced yourself which is no surprise as statistics show over 1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence in 2016 alone. It may seem like an easy thing to avoid but it only takes one large drink on an empty stomach or a drag on marijuana for you or a friend to have an accident as judgment is impaired. If you’re a victim of a DUI accident, through no fault of your own, you will be pleased to learn that in the state of Arizona, dram shop laws will be in place to help protect you further whilst sharing the responsibility of the driver with the bar owner. 

Dram shops have a social responsibility as a licensed venue, to exercise power when it comes to serving their customers- especially those who arrive in a car and expect to leave in the same way. The responsibility of the bar or dram shop owner to stop serving people who have simply had enough and no other way of getting home.

DUI victims and their rights’

Driving under the influence has huge consequences, as you’ll know, having been a victim of a DUI accident, but sadly it can be prevented and by enforcing both dram shops and bars to actively keep on top of serving their customers, it’s a step in the right direction to help prevent inevitable accidents that would otherwise happen due to someone’s carelessness.

Proving someone is over the limit with alcohol is something police departments across both Arizona and the rest of America, have a lot of experience with and requesting a road-side breath test is the first step to seeking justice after an accident. If you or a loved one were involved in an accident with someone who was found to be driving under the influence, hiring an experienced attorney will help to put your case together.

Get Help Now

At Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you, we have more than 15 years of experience helping clients obtain compensation for their personal injuries from DUI accidents in the Phoenix area, including those from dram shop laws. When you’re ready to talk, please contact our office to arrange a free initial consultation by phone or at our Chandler office, conveniently located near you.

If you have been in a DUI accident, contact Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm in nearby Chandler, AZ to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We provide personal injury legal services to clients in your area including Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Peoria.