In every state throughout the country, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, yet every day nearly thirty people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes; which equates to one death every 48 minutes.
Last month we talked about how holiday traffic increases distracted driving collisions, and are expanding our conversation to include drunk driving and its effects on safe travel during the celebratory season.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, throughout the nation, over the past five years, an average of 300 people died in drunk driving crashes during the week between Christmas and New Year.
With thousands suffering injuries in drunk driving traffic collisions throughout the year — and increasingly over the holiday season — our DUI injury lawyers in Las Vegas, Nevada want to help protect your rights if you have been hurt by their negligence.
Here are a few things to know about your drunk driving personal injury case.
Criminal Drunk Driving Charges Are Separate From Your Personal Injury Case
If you have been hit by a drunk driver in Las Vegas, and the alleged impaired driver was arrested by the Las Vegas Police Department, it marks the beginning of their criminal legal trouble.
However, the drunk driver’s criminal case has nothing to do with your insurance claim or the legal pursuit of the financial recovery you deserve for the damages he or she caused.
Certainly, because drunk driving is against the law, the driver’s recklessness is typically deemed negligent as a matter of negligence per se, which is a segment of the legal doctrine.
As the injured driver, you will still need to take action to recover the compensation you deserve for your medical care, lost wages, and other miscellaneous expenses that were incurred because of the crash.
What Type of Compensation Can I Recover If I Am Injured by a Las Vegas Drunk Driver?
Each personal injury collision case is unique, and so is the financial compensation our Las Vegas DUI injury attorneys pursue.
Many factors will dictate how we design your case to pursue the financial recovery you deserve, including the:
- Extent and severity of your injuries, and the medical care they require
- Loss of current and/or future wages because of your injuries
- Limits of the other driver’s insurance policy
If you have been hurt by a drunk driver during the holiday season, or any time of year, contact our experienced Las Vegas personal injury attorneys at Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen by calling (702) 505-8115 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case today.