DUI Accidents in Las Vegas, NV
Nevada is ranked 20th of all states for the most DUI arrests in the nation, at an estimated 100 arrests each month. Claiming the lives of nearly 100,000 people each year, accidents that are caused by drunk drivers are extremely serious in nature. Not only are they the result of criminal activity, they often result in injuries more serious in nature than other motor vehicle accidents. This is due to the extremely reckless behavior of intoxicated drivers. Often times, intoxicated drivers will fall asleep at the wheel or otherwise completely lose control of their motor vehicles, causing disastrous results. The resulting injuries can be grievous, sometimes resulting in wrongful death.
How does alcohol affect driving ability?
As the amount of alcohol in a person’s system increases, an individual’s central nervous system begins to function differently. Within a matter of minutes, alcohol is absorbed by your stomach and intestine and is then passed to the bloodstream where it remains until it is processed by the liver.
When pulled over for a drunk driving accident, your level of intoxication is usually measured by a Breathalyzer that measures blood alcohol concentration (BAC).
In every state, including Nevada, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher (unless you are operating a semi-truck, bus, Taxi, Uber or Lyft, the legal limit is 0.04 percent.)
Have you been injured in a Las Vegas DUI Accident?
If you have been injured due to the recklessness of a drunk driver, you should not have to fight the complicated legal battle alone. There are several steps you should take to ensure your rights are preserved following the accident:
Call the local police department: Once you have found a safe spot to use your phone, call the police immediately. Provide a detailed description of the vehicle that hit you and remain there until they arrive. Police officers can help by investigating how the accident occurred and they will provide you with a statement detailing the crash. If you suspect the other driver was intoxicated, it is imperative that you let them know.
Gather critical information: Photographic evidence can and likely will be used in court to help strengthen your case. Take as many photos and videos of the DUI accident scene. Include vehicles, damage, skid marks on the road, and if possible, the suspected drunk driver. If you do not have a camera handy, take down as much information as possible about the drunk driver and their passengers.
Get medical treatment: If you were injured in the accident, it is critical that you receive prompt medical attention. This is not only beneficial for your injury claim, but it is also beneficial for YOU! Even if you feel like you are “fine,” you should still see a doctor. Some injuries do not become apparent until days after a crash.
Punitive damages for a drunk driving accident
Due to popular public disfavor of car accidents caused by drunk or intoxicated drivers, punitive damages are available to victims of DUI related incidents. Punitive damages are designed to deter future similar wrongful conduct and therefore involve massive monetary penalties. Unfortunately, insurance companies do not cover punitive damages resulting from their insured’s intoxication. However, the Injury Firm has developed a method of using the threat of punitive damages as an incentive to nevertheless tender the policy limits of their insured drivers, involved in such motor vehicle accidents.
Contact a Las Vegas DUI accident attorney
If you have been involved in a collision that was the result of a drunk or otherwise intoxicated driver you should not hesitate to contact Attorney, Brian M. Boyer. The Injury Firm attorneys will work quickly and diligently to get you the compensation that you deserve for your injuries. After all, at the Injury Firm, that is what we do best.
“I got into an accident that wasn’t my fault. When my insurance wanted to hold me accountable for it I didn’t know who to call so I reached out to The Injury Firm. I can’t tell you how satisfied I was! It was like having a personal assistant. They took care of everything for me. I hope I never get in an accident again but if I do, they’ll be the first call I make.” – Omid S.