Albuquerque and Mesa DUI Accident Lawyer

Wood Injury Law, PLLC advocates for victims of drunk drivers by helping them file civil claims and collect damages.

DUI Accident Lawyer in New Mexico and Arizona

Numerous lawyers represent people charged with drunk driving, but our firm focuses on the victims. While drunk drivers often survive accidents, they leave their victims with devastating, sometimes fatal, injuries.

Law enforcement will likely charge the driver with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The driver could end up with jail time, a license suspension, fines, and more.

In addition, you can also file a personal injury claim to recover damages. Then you can get justice for yourself and other victims of drunk drivers.

Contact our DUI accident lawyer to discuss your case. You’ll speak directly to an attorney during the consultation and can go over the next steps.

Dangers of Driving While Under the Influence

Most people know that it’s against the law to drink and drive. However, many aren’t aware of how dangerous drunk driving is to both the intoxicated person and other motorists.

Intoxicated motorists:

  • Have slow reaction times
  • Lack coordination
  • Have poor judgment
  • Don’t have good decision-making skills
  • Experience vision problems

The impact of alcohol is so significant that it often leads to accidents. Contact our DUI accident lawyer to learn more about your legal options.

Filing A Personal Injury Claim After An Accident

Your DUI accident lawyer can help you with each step of the process. First, your attorney will collect and evaluate the evidence, including any criminal proceedings against the at-fault party. If found guilty of driving under the influence, you could use that as part of your personal injury claim. However, you can still move forward with your case if the person was found not guilty. The burden of proof is far greater in criminal cases. Thus, if the person was intoxicated, you can still prove that in a civil suit.

After reviewing all evidence and valuing your claim, your attorney will likely contact the insurance company to negotiate. Josh Wood previously worked as an attorney for a large auto insurance company, so he understands how to negotiate successfully. Still, our DUI accident lawyer will prepare for court during the negotiations just in case the insurance company doesn’t want to pay a fair, reasonable settlement.

Dram Shop Laws And Drunk Driving Lawsuits

Both New Mexico and Arizona have dram shop laws on the books. Under these laws, residents can hold bars and restaurants responsible for drunk driving cases as long as certain conditions are met.

First, you must prove that the establishment served the person after he or she was noticeably intoxicated. Then you have to show that the person consumed the alcoholic beverage, which was the immediate cause of the accident and injuries.

A thorough investigation will be needed to see if you have a claim against a restaurant or bar. If you do, we can take steps to file the claim and collect damages on your behalf. These cases take some time, so contact a lawyer immediately to begin.

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Statute Of Limitations For DUI Accident Claims

With DUI accident claims, it’s wise to start the process immediately. Evidence such as video recordings from bars could disappear over time, making it harder to prove your case. Even though it’s a good idea to start right away, you have two years from the accident date to file a claim in Mesa, AZ. That extends to three years after the accident if you’re filing a claim in Albuquerque, NM. If the deadlines pass, you will not have legal recourse. Thus, contact our DUI accident lawyer today so you can begin the process.

Do You Have A Case?

For a personal injury case, you must show that someone owed you a duty of care. That party then breached it, causing an accident. Then you have to show that you have damages, such as medical bills. If a drunk driver hits you, that person breached the duty of care by driving while intoxicated. You could have a claim as long as the breach caused the accident and you have injuries or other damages. Before you take the next step, consult with our DUI accident lawyer to make sure you meet the criteria for a legal claim.

Practice Areas

- Car Accidents -

A car accident can be both physically and financially devastating. On the one hand, you might be dealing with severe, life-altering injuries. Then you could also be suffering from the financial ramification of expensive medical bills and lost wages. When you combine the two, you likely feel as if you’ve lost all power and control.

- Motorcycle Accidents -

While riding motorcycles is a lot of fun in New Mexico and Arizona, accidents can cause catastrophic injuries. Unfortunately, motorcycles provide little protection so that you can experience traumatic brain injuries, severe fractures, and other injuries. Sadly, it often takes a long time and lots of money to heal from the injuries.

- DUI Accident -

Numerous lawyers represent people charged with drunk driving, but our firm focuses on the victims. While drunk drivers often survive accidents, they leave their victims with devastating, sometimes fatal, injuries. Law enforcement will likely charge the driver with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The driver could…

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