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Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers in Las Vegas

We’ve Recovered Millions in Settlements & Verdicts for the Injured

Have you been injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver? At Bernstein & Poisson we believe in holding drunk drivers accountable. We believe there is no excuse for this conduct and fight to help our clients pursue just compensation for their injuries and losses. Our Las Vegas drunk driving accident attorneys are here to protect your rights and interests – and to help you build a better future.

By now, after decades of seemingly relentless efforts by lawmakers and law enforcement 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 the criminal penalties for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol are significant. 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, alcohol is listed as a contributing factor in about 3 fatal Nevada traffic accidents every 2 weeks. In addition, approximately 1,700 crashes occur in the state every year where at least one person is seriously injured because of alcohol.

Are you ready to find out how Bernstein & Poisson can help you? Call (702) 602-8869 for a free consultation with a Las Vegas DUI accident lawyer.

Truck Drivers & Driving Under The Influence

Did you know that specific drivers on the road are held to a higher standard of care? These include truck drivers, bus drivers and other professional drivers who have a commercial driver's license (CDL). These professional drivers must adhere to the strict rules established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). One reason these drivers are held to a higher standard of care is the risks are much higher for victims in accidents caused by larger vehicles than smaller vehicles. Someone who is driving drunk in a commercial vehicle not only poses a serious risk to themselves but to the public at large. The driver also exposes his or her employer to liability.

Most states enforce the FMCSA regulations for commercial drivers and the consumption of alcohol. This means that the legal blood-alcohol concentration limit for a commercial truck driver is 0.04 percent, which is half the BAC limit for those who are non-commercial drivers. The FMCSA rules also state that commercial truck drivers are prohibited from operating a commercial vehicle within four hours of consuming alcohol.

Pedestrian Accidents & Driving Under The Influence

Pedestrians who drink are at particular risk of being injured in an accident. Alcohol slows reaction time and impairs judgment, making it more likely a pedestrian will engage in risky behavior such as crossing the street outside a crosswalk or against the light. However, even if a pedestrian is drinking, drivers still have a responsibility to avoid pedestrian crashes. When drivers drink, the risk of a serious or fatal pedestrian accident rises as well. Pedestrians are often struck by drunk drivers even when they are obeying traffic laws such as crossing with the light at a crosswalk.

Whether the pedestrian is obeying the law or not, however, drivers are still held at least partially responsible in most pedestrian crashes. While Nevada law does have exceptions to this rule, such as when a pedestrian "leaps" in front of a car, in general the law holds drivers accountable for avoiding such crashes. If you have been the victim of a pedestrian accident, even if you were drinking or think you may be at fault, talk about your case to the experienced injury attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas. We are here to help you recover compensation whenever possible, no matter what the circumstances of your accident.

The Statistics Behind Drunk Driving

While the number of drunk driving injuries and fatalities have been dropping slightly in recent years, they 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 or for any family that has suddenly lost a loved one. 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 under 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.

When we take on a drunk driving accident case in Las Vegas, our attorneys fight for economic and non-economic damages, including:

  • Medical expenses, including ongoing treatment and care
  • Loss of earnings, including loss of future earnings
  • Emotional trauma, such as pain and suffering or loss of companionship
  • Property damage, to your vehicle or other personal property

Contact a Las Vegas Drunk Driving Accident Attorney Today

After a drunk driving accident, you have options. You do not have to deal with the insurance provider on your own, hoping that they will provide a fair settlement for the serious injuries or losses you have endured. Turn to a Las Vegas accident attorney at Bernstein & Poisson, get your questions answered during a free consultation, and 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 our firm today to schedule that free initial consultation.

Protecting Your Rights Since 1983

The personal injury attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson have a history of success that is defined by results. We have earned many millions of dollars in judgments and settlements for our clients, and that track record has allowed us to take advantage of our firm’s reputation.
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