Drunk Driving Accidents in Las Vegas
Accidents on the road can happen to anyone, but when a crash is the direct result of someone’s decision to drink and drive, it’s particularly worth it to explore your legal options. Dallas Horton & Associates is one of the best car accident lawyers Las Vegas has to offer with more than 18 years of experience getting results for clients.
If you’ve been injured or suffered property damage in a crash involving a drunk driver, contact our office for assistance. We bring a nuanced understanding of Nevada personal injury law to every case we represent and may be able to help you achieve a positive result in your claim.
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DUI in Nevada
According to statistics from the state DOT, there were nearly 3000 alcohol-related crashes in Nevada in 2010 (the most recent year for which statistics are available). While that number is lower than in years prior, it still represents a significant financial and emotional burden for victims and their families.
What’s worse, the consequences of drunk driving accidents tend to be more severe than others. Of the approximately 250 fatal crashes that occur in Nevada each year, alcohol is a factor in between 27-37%.
Serious drinking and driving accidents almost always involve criminal charges. While criminal courts determine guilt and assign an appropriate punishment as per state laws, filing a lawsuit in civil court allows victims to get compensation for the damages they have incurred.
That’s where Dallas Horton & Associates comes in. We help those who have suffered as a result of a drunk driver recoup medical bills, lost wages, pain & suffering, and other losses commonly associated with a long recovery from an accident.
Filing a Lawsuit: What’s Involved
Drunk driving accident lawsuits are typically filed against the responsible driver and/or their insurance company. While other types of accidents can be subject to arbitration — in which a judge orders the matter to be settled out of court — drunk driving accidents can be exempted from this on public policy grounds.
This often means the victim can receive a higher settlement than they would get in negotiation. Avoiding arbitration isn’t the right choice for every case, but when strong evidence — such as the results of BAC testing from a criminal trial — is available, it can be key to maximizing your reward.
At Dallas Horton & Associates, the decision to pursue an exemption from arbitration is made on a case-by-case basis. During your initial consultation with our drunk driving accident attorneys, we’ll review the facts of your case and give you an honest assessment of your options. We won’t force you into pursuing a strategy you’re not comfortable with, but we will ensure you have the information necessary to make an educated decision.
The lawyers at Dallas Horton & Associates have a combined 70 years of experience with all aspects of personal injury law. We represent victims from all backgrounds and walks of life, and we have a number of Spanish-speaking staff on hand who can provide bilingual service.
If you’ve been hurt or suffered in any way as a result of a drunk driver, you have options for obtaining the financial support necessary for a speedy recovery. Contact our office today to learn more.