Phoenix Police have stated that a Valley of the Sun resident is behind bars after being arrested for driving under the influence, and according to these same police, it’s the seventh time the man has faced a DUI charge. Three of those arrests have occurred in 2013 alone.
The man is being held in jail without bond, having been denied bond due to his prior arrests this year. Officials believe that some of the seven driving under the influence arrests have been for misdemeanors and therefore would not have subjected the man to jail time; now, though, he is facing a felony because his license was reportedly suspended from a prior proceeding where he was charged with DUI.
Drunk driving claims approximately 10,000 American lives every year. That translates to a fatality from drunk driving every hour of every day of every year. When a victim of a drunk driving accident dies, not only is it a tragic loss of the victim’s life, but the loss extends and affects the victim’s immediate and extended families, friends, and coworkers.
Arizona has very strict laws regarding driving under the influence. The law presumes that any driver with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or greater is influenced by the alcohol in their system and therefore guilty of a violation of the law. But have a BAC below 0.08 does not necessarily mean that you are legally allowed to drive. Any amount of alcohol can be deemed to be too much to legally drive if the alcohol influences a driver’s ability to drive safely. This means even one drink can take a driver from sober and safe to illegal and deadly.
When a drunk driver gets behind the wheel of a car, the driver is risking not only traffic and criminal penalties but also civil claims for nay damages or injuries the driver inflicts on victims of an accident. This means that a driver can be liable for the medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering of anyone hit or injured through the driver’s negligence.
When a car accident leaves you a victim, the last thing you should have to worry about is dealing with the complicated intricacies of insurance companies. Often, insurance companies deny valid claims or they refuse to provide adequate compensation to victims. In some accidents, there may be too little insurance coverage to fully satisfy all damages. That is where a personal injury attorney can help.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we are Phoenix DUI injury attorneys who dedicate their entire practice to helping those who have been hurt by the negligence of others. We have decades of experience representing victims of drunk driving accidents and we are ready to help you. Call us 24 hours a day at (602) 819-5191 and let us provide you with a free telephone consultation regarding your accident and your legal rights. There is never an obligation with our consultation and we will not take a fee unless we get a recovery on your behalf, so call us now.
Prior Blog Entries:
Guilty Plea from Man Who Killed Doctor On Bicycle, Fled Scene, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published July 16, 2013.
Prescott Extreme DUI Driver Hits 4 Construction Vehicles, Injures 2, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published July 14, 2013.
Man arrested for 7th DUI: How was this menace on the streets? by Jill Monier, Fox 10 News, published July 18, 2013.
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