According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, one in three people sometime in their lives will be involved in a motor vehicle accident in which alcohol is a factor. The NHTSA reports that one person is injured every minute in a collision that involves drinking and driving.
The life of a driver or pedestrian involved in an accident caused by someone who was drinking and driving can change forever. Victims of those who were drinking and driving may be sentenced to months of expensive treatment for injuries, including whiplash, back pain and other catastrophic injuries.
And after all they've been through, the victims of those who were drinking and driving may be faced with stalling or claim rejection from insurance companies just when they need help the most.
A personal injury lawyer can help ensure that those who are drinking while driving pay for physical pain and suffering, lost wages and property damage when they cause accidents.
Most associations for personal injury lawyers provide a directory their members. Check out the Nevada Justice Association at www.nevadajustice.org, or the National Association of Personal Injury Lawyers at www.napil.com. Though some firms represent either the victim OR the person who was drinking and driving, you may want to stick to a personal injury lawyer who represents the plaintiffs, or victims, exclusively. In addition to membership in organizations like these, you might also consider a personal injury lawyer who is involved in an organization like Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Even though the logical conclusion may be that the person who was drinking while driving should pay, that person may have aggressive legal representation. That's why it's important to retain as soon as possible a personal injury lawyer to assess your case involving someone who has been drinking and driving.
And though Nevada courts have been resistant to "dram shop" rulings that hold bars, hotels and others who serve alcohol to someone who caused injury by drinking and driving, there are personal injury lawyers who continue to take on the establishment.
A personal injury lawyer will investigate the drinking and driving incident by gathering evidence and reviewing accident and injuries reports in an effort to prove liability. The result of that investigation by the personal injury lawyer is intended to affect the type and level of compensation awarded.
The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult a personal injury lawyer for advice regarding your individual situation.