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By now, after decades of seemingly relentless efforts to bring awareness to the extreme dangers of drunk driving, there really is no excuse for engaging in this conduct. Not only should everyone understand that drunk driving is dangerous, but they should also understand that causing an accident that leads to serious injuries or fatalities after consuming alcohol can lead to extreme criminal penalties that include long prison terms and other severe sanctions. Drunk driving is a scourge on society and it is something that will continue to dominate the headlines until everyone finally understands that it needs to stop.
Sadly, that day may never come. Too many people will tell themselves that ‘they are fine’ to drive or that ‘they know the way’ and therefore won’t cause any harm by just heading on a short drive home. According to the statistics kept by the Nevada Department of Transportation, approximately 3 fatal Nevada car accidents occur every two weeks in the state where alcohol was listed as a factor. In addition, approximately 1,700 crashes occur in the state every year where at least one person is seriously injured because of alcohol.
While those numbers have been dropping slightly in recent years, these are still extremely troubling statistics. To make matters worse, the aftermath of a drunk driving accident can be very confusing for anyone who has been injured and/or for any family that has suddenly lost a loved one in a crash caused by a drunk driver. That’s because law enforcement is almost always involved and when the drunk driver faces criminal sanctions, too many people feel that their only outlet for a recovery of compensation lies with the insurance company or companies that are involved.
This is a mistake. People who have been injured and family members of people who have been killed in crashes caused by drunk drivers have the same basic legal rights in terms of the options provided to them by Nevada’s personal injury laws as people who were injured in crashes caused by drivers who had not been drinking. In fact, people injured by drunk drivers often have a strong case simply because they can prove that the other person had consumed alcohol before the crash and that the presence of alcohol in that driver’s system played a part in what ultimately occurred.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident that was caused by a drunk driver, do not simply attempt to work out a solution with the insurance adjuster and assume that you don’t have anywhere else to turn. Insurance companies, even your own, do not work for you – they work for themselves and they will do what they can to minimize their financial exposure after a crash. Instead, contact Bernstein & Poisson – your first consultation is always free of charge, and this meeting will allow you to make an informed decision as to what you should do next. Do not attempt to work through this difficult and often terrifying situation by yourself. Make sure an experienced and respected advocate is working with you until the situation reaches its proper conclusion. Contact the firm today to schedule that free initial consultation.
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