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Holiday DUIs: Never Get Behind the Wheel After Drinking

The holidays are a big time for traveling and celebrating, which means you need to be extra vigilant if you plan on drinking. It only takes a few alcoholic drinks to begin impairing your ability to drive. Once your ability to drive is affected, the police have all they need to pull you over and arrest you for DUI.

When asked about other ways people could be risking a DUI, David Shapiro had this to say: “If you’re operating a golf cart while impaired, you can get a DUI for that.” Golf carts are considered motor vehicles under Arizona law.

Showing any signs of impairment, regardless of blood alcohol content, could also land you a DUI. This is especially true if you were using any kind of drug that affects your ability to drive, like marijuana.

But you don’t even need to be driving to end up with a DUI. Arizona law states that showing any signs of physical control of a vehicle is enough to justify a DUI. So having the keys in the ignition, the headlights on, or running the heat or AC are all signs of physical control.

It’s always safer to use a ride-sharing service, designate a sober driver, or use public transportation. Never get behind the wheel after drinking.

If you or a loved one were injured or worse due to a negligent driver, contact Shapiro Law Team. We’ll help you secure financial compensation.

Rideshare Driver, Two Passengers Hit & Killed By Driver of Stolen Vehicle.
Who Is Financially Liable?

Customarily, the at-fault driver’s insurance is responsible for all injuries. However, in the clip to the left, a stolen vehicle collided with the ride-share driver’s car. Due to the at-fault driver operating a vehicle that wasn’t theirs, the victims' families didn’t know who was financially liable.

When interviewed, David Shapiro stated, “Stolen vehicles have no applicable insurance.” Since the ride-share driver was not at fault, the company isn’t liable. While the driver may have liability insurance, the ride-share passengers do not.

Unfortunately, some health insurance companies won’t cover expenses associated with this type of accident. For compensation, Mr. Shapiro emphasizes the importance of frequent rideshare users having both UM (uninsured motor insurance) and UIM (underinsured motor insurance) on a personal policy to cover damages and losses.

If you’re involved in a ride-share auto collision, contact Shapiro Law Team for help securing financial compensation.