As Mesa drunk driving accident attorneys, we were shocked to hear that a man drove while intoxicated with his 6-year-old daughter in the back seat on December 11, 2011. The 31-year-old man was arrested at 12:30 a.m. with a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit, according to AZ Central. Police pulled him over after watching him strike the curb on Eighth Street several times. We are very thankful that police apprehended this man before anyone was injured.
Mesa Car Accident: Victims’ Rights
It is important for victims to know what their rights are. Some adults who knowingly enter a car with an impaired driver believe they don’t have any rights if they are injured, but this isn’t always the case. When victims are injured or killed in an alcohol-related car accident, they may also be able to file for punitive damages, which are meant to bring further compensation to the victims as well as set an example so no other people break the law by driving under the influence of alcohol.
Mesa Car Accident Statistics
There were 6,130 total Mesa car accidents in 2010 and 294 alcohol-related car accidents, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). Drunk driving resulted in seven deaths and 182 injuries in 2010.
Contact a Mesa Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one, such as a child, is injured by a drunk driver, contact the Husband and Wife Law Team at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. today. The sooner we can begin investigating the car accident, the more evidence we will have to collect. We examine evidence including witness statements, police reports as well as debris left by the car accident. We use this evidence to hold the at-fault driver responsible for medical expenses and more, and also examine whether or not we have a claim for punitive damages. Contact us for a free consultation today at (602) 267-1280.