Experienced Drunk Driver Accident Attorney
Las Vegas is known for its high-profile parties and entertainment. Unfortunately, not everyone handles these events responsibly, leading to a high number of drinking and driving accidents. Although there are many single-car accidents, we also see many accidents involving other vehicles. If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a drunk driving accident, Carvalho & Associates is here to help.
Effects of Alcohol on Driving
The effects of alcohol vary depending on the BAC levels. The following examples are suitable references for a 160-pound man:
- 02 percent BAC (two drinks) decreases the ability to multitask and focus while enhancing visual impairment.
- 05 percent BAC (three drinks) decreases coordination, steering capabilities, and reflexes to respond to emergency situations
- 08 percent BAC (four drinks) decreases concentration, speed control, visual perception, and reflexes to react to incoming information
- 10 percent BAC (five drinks) decreases the ability to stay within your lane and stop abruptly.
Legal Nevada BAC Limits
In Nevada, the legal BAC limit for your blood alcohol concentration for adults 21 years or older is 0.8%, and 0.024% if you are under 21 years old.
For a commercial driver, the legal BAC limit is only 0.4%, and 0.2% if you are under 21 Years old.
Nevada Drunk Driving Statistics
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 28 people in the US die daily due to motor vehicle accidents involving alcohol-impaired drivers. This alarming statistic amounts to one death every 51 minutes. Alcohol is the leading cause of intoxicated accidents and deaths in America.
What to Do If You Are Hit by a Drunk Driver
Immediately after your accident, if you suspect the driver of the other vehicle is under the influence, it is imperative to report your suspicions to the police on the scene. If the police have not arrived, it is important to call and report your suspicion to the dispatcher. Once this has been handled, seek medical treatment and collect any evidence you can.
Seeking Medical Treatment After Being Hit by a Drunk Driver
If you were injured in a car crash caused by a drunk driver, your priority should be your health. Unfortunately, the extent of the injuries that you suffered can't be known immediately. In addition, disorientation and confusion can make it hard to identify if you need medical attention, and even minor injuries require medical attention.
Paying for Medical Treatment
Medical treatment can be increasingly expensive. The driver who caused the accident or their insurance company will be responsible for your medical bills. However, these will not be paid as you go. Most people who get injured in car accidents can get the treatment they need with the help of their health insurance and liens. This protects victims against bills while allowing them to get the treatment they need.
Drunk Driving Accident Compensation
If you were injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, you have the right to receive both compensatory and punitive damages. The actual damage settlement amount is based on the factors that affect the plaintiff's life, such as the severity of the injuries, financial losses, medical bills, and more. Punitive damages are designed to punish intoxicated drivers and aims to deter others from drinking and driving.
Choose Carvalho & Associates
Our skilled lawyers will help you pursue the best possible settlement for your case. We’ll guide you through the various steps involved in your complex legal case so you can feel taken care of during your challenging time. We’ll also advise you on potential issues that you should avoid while the case is being reviewed to ensure optimal settlement results.
Las Vegas’s Most Trusted Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
If you are the victim of a drunk driving accident, it’s time to seek the compensation you deserve from the traumatic event with the help of Carvalho & Associates. Contact our drunk driving attorney today to discuss the specifics of your case.