I hope you are allright. I'm not an attorney and cannot render legal advice, but don't lock yourself into small claims court. Take it to Justice Court and get awarded your actual damages. Also, any uncollected judgment resulting from an accident in AZ will enable you to get the DDs license suspended.
You have asked great questions.
1) We accept judgments $1,500 or more.
2) We review every judgment to determine the likelihood of recovery.
3) If the drunk driver (DD) is:
A) an illegal immigrant
Your chance of recovery is severely diminished.
During the criminal phase of the DDs trial, he will try everything to get out of doing a long prison sentence. You need to find out where the DD:
C) relatives live
The reason you need to get ALL the damages actually incurred is mecause if you need help collecting our firm charges 50% of all collected fees. It's seems steep but it is a lot of work to go after these deadbeats.
Please call me at (480) 821-1552 if you have any questions.