Paradise Drunk Driver Accidents

Paradise is a census-designated area next to Las Vegas. Despite Las Vegas being the name that most people around the world associate with the casinos and nightlife of “Sin City,” most of the tourist attractions that comprise Las Vegas are actually located in Paradise.

As a city known for its nightlife and adult-oriented entertainment, drunk driving is a concern in Paradise. From 2003 to 2012, 1,025 people were killed in traffic fatalities caused by drunk drivers in Nevada. When an individual drives drunk, he or she puts him- or herself and all others on the road at risk of being injured or killed in a collision. It is illegal for an individual to drive if his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08 percent or higher. Doing so is grounds for a DWI arrest as well as a violation of the individual’s duty to protect others on the road from harm, making him or her liable for the damages victims suffer in any accident he or she causes. If you are injured in an accident involving a drunk driver, seek medical attention for your injury as soon as possible. Prompt medical care can mean the difference between a relatively easy, quick recovery and requiring extensive medical treatment. After you have received appropriate medical care, consider working with a personal injury lawyer to pursue compensation for your damages through a drunk driver accident claim.

How Alcohol Impairs a Driver

As an individual’s BAC rises, his or her judgment, inhibition, and perception become impaired. The individual can also have difficulty remaining alert while intoxicated.

How quickly an individual’s BAC rises depends on a few factors. These are:

  • The individual’s weight. The heavier an individual is, the more slowly his or her BAC rises as he or she drinks;
  • The individual’s sex. Because women tend to be lighter than men and because their bodies contain less of the two enzymes involved in alcohol metabolization, alcohol dehydrogenase and acetaldehyde dehydrogenase, women’s BACs tend to rise at a faster rate than men’s;
  • The rate at which the individual consumes alcohol. Doing shots causes one’s BAC to rise more quickly than simply sipping a beer or a glass of wine; and
  • Whether the individual has eaten. If the individual consumes food while drinking alcohol, his or her BAC rises at a slower rate than it would if he or she did not eat while drinking.

Seeking Compensation Through a Personal Injury Claim

If you are injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, it can be very easy to prove that he or she was at fault for the accident. A DWI conviction or even the results of his or her Breathalyzer test from the scene of the accident can be used to demonstrate his or her negligence. Other pieces of evidence you can use to support your claim include photographs of the accident, testimonies from eyewitnesses, and the official police report. Your lawyer can help you obtain the evidence you need and use it effectively to support your claim.

Through a personal injury claim, you can seek compensation for your medical bills, your lost wages, and any other expenses related to your injury. This final category is known as “pain and suffering” and can include anything from psychological counseling to the purchase of a mobility scooter. In Nevada, a personal injury claim must be filed within two years of the victim’s accident.

What to Do When you are Offered a Settlement

When you file a personal injury claim with another driver’s auto insurance provider, an adjuster from the insurance company analyzes the claim and determines a settlement amount to offer you. Do not accept this settlement offer until your lawyer has reviewed it and determined if it appropriately covers your expenses. In many cases, insurance companies offer personal injury claimants the lowest settlement amount they feel the claimant would reasonably accept. If your lawyer feels the offer you receive is not sufficient for your damages, he or she can negotiate a more appropriate amount with the insurance provider.

We are Ready to Assist You in Paradise

If you have been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you could be entitled to recover compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. To learn more about the personal injury claim process and how you can seek the money you deserve, contact our team of personal injury lawyers at Naqvi Injury Law in Paradise today to set up your initial consultation with us.

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