Las Vegas DUI Accident Victim Lawyers
Get Legal Help If You've Been Hit by a Drunk Driver
Las Vegas's nightlife is internationally renowned. There are few places you can live in or travel to that can provide the amount of entertainment and excitement you can get here. However, being known as a tourist town can have its drawbacks. With the number of casinos, bars and clubs we have in Las Vegas, there is bound to be a number of alcohol-related accidents. Anytime someone gets behind the wheel after a night of drinking and partying, there is the potential for serious injuries or even fatalities.
The Las Vegas injury lawyers at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. are passionate in the pursuit of justice for victims of drunk drivers and their families. Drunk driving is not an accident, it's a choice. Anyone who causes injury and harm to another as a result of making this choice should be held accountable. If you or a loved one is the victim of an impaired driver, please contact our law offices at (702) 380-8000 to find out how we can assist you.
DUI Statistics in Las Vegas
The Las Vegas Police Department made more then 2,000 DUI arrests between January 01, 2014 and May 13, 2014. Statewide, there were 14,809 DUI arrests made in the year 2012. Despite these efforts, local law enforcement cannot prevent all alcohol-related crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10,322 people were killed and about 345,000 were injured in alcohol-related crashes in the United States in the year 2012. In Nevada, there were 82 drunk driving fatalities that year, accounting for 32 percent of all traffic deaths.
How Alcohol Impairs Driving
Drunk driving is lethal because alcohol can impair an individual's physical and mental abilities. Even a small amount of alcohol can alter your ability to make sound judgments, to shift attention from one thing to another and to coordinate motor skills. Impaired drivers struggle to comprehend changing situations and their reaction times are often delayed. If you have been out drinking, please remember to call a cab, ride the bus or have a friend drive you home. In Las Vegas, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher.
Victims often face devastating injuries in DUI collisions because many drunk driving accidents also involve other factors such as high speed or failing to yield the right of way. Some of the common types of injuries we see in DUI collisions include brain injuries, spinal cord damage, broken bones, internal organ damage, amputations and lacerations. A number of DUI accidents also result in death.
Gathering the Evidence
If you or a loved one has been the victim in a drunk driving collision, it is extremely important to have strong evidence to bolster your claim or lawsuit. It is also important that you document and present the evidence in an organized manner. Many victims make the mistake of assuming that liability is fairly easy to prove in a drunk driving case. This is far from the truth. DUI cases can get quite complicated and challenging. The knowledgeable NV car accident attorneys at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. guide our clients through the process, which may include gathering and documenting evidence, witness testimony, accident reconstruction and medical records. Police reports as well as breath and blood test reports could prove valuable in a DUI accident civil claim.
Victims of DUI Accidents
Drunk driving is a form of negligence and negligent drivers can be held accountable for the damages they cause. If the at-fault driver is arrested and convicted of drunk driving, it will strengthen your claim. However, a criminal conviction does not result in monetary compensation for victims who are dealing with medical expenses, lost wages and other significant losses.
Those who have lost loved ones can seek compensation by filing a wrongful death claim, which covers losses such as funeral costs, lost future income, medical expenses and pain and suffering. DUI accident victims can file a civil claim seeking compensation even if the at-fault driver was not criminally charged or convicted. A plaintiff in a civil claim only needs to prove that the at-fault party was negligent while in criminal cases, prosecutors must prove guilt "beyond a reasonable doubt."
Protecting Your Rights
At Breyer Law Offices, P.C., we strive to get our clients fair and full compensation for their losses. We understand that money cannot bring back a loved one or undo the trauma that has turned your life upside down. But it can help you cope with the losses you have sustained and put you on the road to recovery. We work diligently to make the legal process as stress-free as possible for our clients so they can focus on recovering from their injuries. We strive to make the legal process as stress-free as possible for our clients so that they can focus on healing while we recover. If you have been injured in a Las Vegas DUI accident, please contact us for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.