Henderson Drunk Driver Accident Lawyer

Drunk driving is a major problem in Clark County and throughout Southern Nevada. Indeed, according to data released by the Nevada Department of Public Safety, impaired driving leads directly to approximately 70 deaths in the state each year, with many more individuals sustaining very serious injuries. With so many alternative forms of transportation available in our area, there is simply no excuse for drunk driving.

At Naqvi Injury Law, our firm fights for the legal rights and financial interests of DUI accident victims. If you or a loved one was victimized by an intoxicated driver, you need an experienced, aggressive advocate by your side, today. Our experienced Henderson drunk driver accident attorneys are standing by, ready to help.

Drunk Driving Accident Victims Deserve Compensation

Under Nevada law, auto accident victims can hold the at fault party liable for the full extent of their damages. This means that victims are entitled to compensation for all direct monetary losses as well as any intangible, noneconomic damages. Depending on the nature of your DUI accident injury claim, our firm may be able to help you obtain financial recovery for:

  • Vehicle repairs;
  • Emergency medical expenses;
  • Other medical bills;
  • Physical or psychological therapy;
  • Lost income, including diminished earning capacity;
  • Long-term disability;
  • Disfigurement;
  • Loss of limb; and
  • Pain and suffering.

Notably, in drunk driving accident cases, victims may also sometimes be entitled to recover punitive damages. Unlike all other types of injury compensation, punitive damages are not tied to any of the victim’s losses, but are instead meant to punish the bad actions of the defendant. While punitive damages are relatively rare, they can be awarded in cases involving serious drunk driving accidents.

Building a Successful Drunk Driving Accident Case

In Nevada, like in all other U.S. states, drunk driving is a criminal offense. The intoxicated driver who caused your accident should be charged with a crime, likely a very serious one. Though, it is important to understand that there will be a distinction between the criminal case and your civil case. Ultimately, these two proceedings are two separate legal actions; they take place in different court rooms, at different times and involve different evidentiary standards.

A criminal conviction will not get you the full compensation that you deserve. For that, you need to work with a qualified Henderson drunk driver accident lawyer who can assist you in bringing a strong civil claim. The criminal side of the case may have some relevance to your civil claim, as your attorney can use a criminal conviction as evidence to prove liability. Ultimately though, a strong legal case requires proving both accident liability and proving the full extent of your damages. Our firm works hard to gather and assemble all of the case evidence in order to make a compelling claim on your behalf.

Be Skeptical of Insurance Companies

DUI accident victims will typically need to seek compensation from a large insurance company. In some cases, it might even be from their own insurer. Regardless, victims need to be very careful when dealing with the insurance company’s well-trained representatives. Remember, these companies are looking out for their own bottom line; they are not interested in paying you full and fair compensation. To help you protect yourself, our team has put together a list of three tips for dealing with insurance adjusters:

  1. Never admit fault for the DUI accident. You were not the intoxicated driver, and you should not accept any blame for the crash. Insurance adjusters may try to pin some of the blame on you. Do not accept it. Let your attorney handle any dispute over fault.
  2. Never speculate, give opinions or discuss any aspects of your injuries or your physical recovery. Insurance adjusters want to find a way to make your injuries seem less serious so that they can limit the company’s financial liability. When possible, they will use your statement against you. Let the medical documents tell the story. You do not have to give a statement on your injuries directly to an insurance adjuster.
  3. Never accept the first settlement offer. No insurance company leads with their best offer. Even if the insurance adjuster tries to tell you that they are giving you a “maximum offer” or that they “are offering the most that they can”, do not believe them. You should not accept one penny less than full compensation.

Contact Our Henderson Auto Accident Attorneys Today

At Naqvi Injury Law, our Henderson, Nevada DUI accident lawyers have helped many victims recover full and fair compensation for their damages. If you or a loved one was hurt by a drunk driver, please call us today at (702) 728-4848 to set a free, no-obligation review of your case. We are ready to advocate aggressively on your behalf.

 

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