danger level conceptual meterMesa, AZ- A report from last fall showed that traffic fatalities and injuries resulting from impaired driving in the U.S. have risen sharply over the past decade. In Arizona drugged driving also went up with arrests increase year over year for the past five years, according to the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. That means some unfortunate Arizona residents will be injured or lose their lives in drugged driving accidents, so our team of Arizona accident lawyers would like to discuss how victims can recover compensation for these tragic accidents.
Drugged driving accidents, because they often involve other risky behaviors such as speed, can leave he victims with serious and costly injuries. Victims of these types of accidents typically face costly medical bills and often need extensive rehabilitation. They also miss time at work which only adds to their financial burden. No accident victim should have to shoulder those costs if an impaired driver was at fault for their injuries and they don’t have to when they pursue a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
The first step to recovering compensation is to retain an accident attorney in Arizona to evaluate your claim. After examining the facts and the extent of your injuries, a lawyer can determine the best course of action for you to take in order to recover the amount of compensation you truly deserve and need to completely cover all the costs you now face because of your accident. Those costs can and often include medical bills, property repair and placement bills and lost wages.
Accident victims in Arizona can also seek compensation for the emotional distress you suffered as a result of a drugged driver. And because you were injured by a driver who was impaired, you may entitled to additional compensation on top of your monetary damages. Sometimes the individuals who cause a drugged driving or drunken driving accident can be asked to pay punitive damages to the victim; these damages serve to punish drivers for egregious behaviors.
Once you’ve determined what types of compensation you may be entitled to, you then must decide how to resolve your case whether you resolve your case through an out-of-court settlement or head to civil court.
You may find that your better course of action for you is to accept a settlement from the at-fault party’s insurer. This may be a more expedient and less costly than taking your case to court, but that doesn’t mean it is an easier process. You still need a skilled negotiator working on your side to ensure you are awarded a fair amount for your injuries and you need to be aware that this process can take time.
If you settlement negotiations don’t yield the compensation you think you deserve, you may be better off taking your case to court, but bear in mind this process can take time and will be a more costly process. Whichever route you choose, you need an accomplished and practiced lawyer on your side.
When you have been injured by a drugged or impaired driver in Mesa, USAttorneys urges you to speak with a personal injury lawyer near you. We recommend attorney Ray Arenofsky, who has been helping accident victims with their injury claims for over four decades.

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