The last week of the year comes with many types of celebrations. There are holiday parties with coworkers or family members, people enjoying time off work or school, and friends ringing in the New Year together throughout Las Vegas. While relaxing and celebrating can be enjoyable, things can quickly change when someone decides to drive home after having too much to drink.
Alcohol can impair someone’s driving abilities in many different ways, and impairment can vary widely from one person to another. Some ways that alcohol might affect a driver’s abilities include:
How these impairments manifest on the roads will also vary. Drunk drivers can engage in many different dangerous behaviors, such as:
All of the above can result in devastating crashes that can disrupt the lives of innocent motorists in a single instant.
When a drunk driver causes injuries, they should be fully liable for all of the losses and harm suffered by accident victims. These losses can be extensive and might include:
If a drunk driver causes severe injuries, victims can feel the effects for years to come – financially, physically, and emotionally. The value of your losses can climb high very quickly, and you should never be responsible for covering losses when you did nothing wrong.
The law allows car accident victims to hold other parties accountable for their injuries when they are negligent or intentionally act in a wrongful manner. Drunk driving certainly qualifies as behavior that would make a driver liable, but how do you ensure that you receive the compensation you need to cover your losses?
Police officers should arrest a driver who is suspected of being impaired. This is one of many reasons why you should always call 911 following a crash, so that emergency personnel will arrive on the scene. You can get the medical attention you need while law enforcement officers investigate what might have caused the accident. If police officers suspect that the other driver was intoxicated, they will likely place the driver under arrest.
When a driver gets arrested for drunk driving, it is likely they will face criminal charges for driving under the influence (DUI). You might think that a conviction for DUI will also lead to financial recovery for you, though this is often incorrect. A DUI conviction will lead to court-imposed penalties such as fines, probation, or jail time, though victims’ needs are often inadequately addressed. Even if the driver is ordered to pay restitution, the amount will often hardly put a dent in your medical bills – not to mention your long-term losses. Instead, it usually requires a separate course of action to seek the amount you truly deserve, which is often difficult to define in concrete numbers.
After a drunk driving crash, it is critical that you consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. The right attorney can evaluate your situation and file the necessary claims with the driver’s insurance company. If the driver is convicted of DUI, you can use the conviction as proof that the driver violated the law and should be liable. However, you still need to prove the value of your losses.
In the aftermath of an accident, understanding the different types of collisions and their implications can be crucial. For instance, the streets of Vegas witness a variety of mishaps, some of which are more common and severe than others. T-bone accidents, in particular, can have devastating effects on the victims involved. Moreover, with the rise of delivery services, accidents involving delivery drivers have also seen an uptick. Beyond the physical injuries, it’s essential to recognize the psychological impact that such incidents can have on individuals. One practical step to ensure you’re prepared for any legal proceedings is to understand the importance of documenting the scene post-accident.
Insurance companies will often do everything they can to keep from paying out on claims – or to reduce claims as much as possible. This is true even if liability and wrongdoing are clear. It is important to have a legal advocate who understands how these insurance companies work, and who will fight against settlement offers that are far too low.
Sometimes, it is necessary to file a lawsuit in civil court to obtain full financial recovery. This is still a separate case from the criminal DUI matter the driver may face, and you want to have a lawyer who is a skilled litigator on your side throughout this process. Proving the true value of your losses can be challenging, especially if many of them are intangible, such as pain and suffering or permanent impairments. The right attorney will have experience representing car accident victims with serious injuries like yours.
At the law office of Gina Corena & Associates, we hope that everyone in the Las Vegas area has a safe and happy end of the year and the start of 2020. However, many people will begin the New Year facing a long recovery from a serious injury due to a drunk driver. We believe that impaired drivers should be held fully accountable for their dangerous and harmful decisions, and we know how to protect the rights of accident victims.
If you are injured in an accident, call 702-680-1111 or contact us online to discuss a possible case for free today.
As founder of Gina Corena & Associates, she is dedicated to fighting for the rights of the people who suffer life-changing personal injuries in car, truck and motorcycle accidents as well as other types of personal injury. Gina feels fortunate to serve the Nevada community and hold wrongdoers accountable for their harm to her clients.
This was my first time using a lawyer, which I needed due a major car accident. They made everything simple and stress free, and I couldn’t be happier with the attentive care I received from everyone at the law office. Gresia was fantastic, and kept in touch regularly. She was professional, knowledgeable, and very kind. I would recommend them to anyone.
Gina and her crew are truly amazing. They exceeded my expectations. They kept in contact with me throughout the whole time and any questions I did have They would take the time and explain everything so I would know what to expect. I would highly recommend them at any time.
Thank you very much for the services everyone answered every single one of my calls and this firm took care of me from start to finish. Thank you so much Gina for taking on my case and assisting me I will recommend you to everyone.
I rarely do reviews but I want to share what an outstanding team Gina Corena has. Mahna Pourshaban did such an awesome job In helping us get our settlement, she has treated us like family since day 1 that we met her.. Me and my family want to tell u guys thank u from the bottom of our hearts.
Working with Gina was An amazing feeling as the client to know that my case is being handled professionally and to the best it can be ! Knowing that Gina can handle it gave me confidence and peace, 100 percent recommend Gina and her associates team !
GINA CORENA is the best attorney indeed! Thank you to her amazing team the attention to detail I received was incredible. 100% recommend to everyone!
My experience with Gina Corena’s office was amazing. They were all professional and were easy to reach out to during my whole case. I’d recommend their services 10/10!!
I'm really satisfied with the work these ladies provide. They’re Super reliable and Professional, Alexandra was the one that helped me with my case and she’s super nice and sweet. She made sure I was aware about all the updates with my case. Overall the work they provide to the citizens of Las Vegas is top notch. Thank you Gina Corena and associates.
This is the best company I have dealt with hands down. I am super thankful with them for all the work they did on behalf of my case. The process was rather simple and very well explained from start to finish. Thank you so much Gina Corena &. Associates. Thank you Kim for assisting in my case.
I received nothing but top notch service from this firm not once but twice please keep up the outstanding job customer service is very important to me and your firm went above and beyond again THANK YOU
Such a great law firm. This was my first time having to get a lawyer due to an auto accident and they explained all the ins and outs of my case and the process. I will definitively keep them in mind again for the future.
If I can give Gina’s firm 10 stars I would. They have the best customer service & most knowledgeable staff I’ve ever come across. The office is always clean and it has a lovely and positive vibe. Thank you to this amazing firm to make my experience fast and easy for me. Gina definitely knows how to care of her clients and treated me like family. I will recommended to my friends and family.
CALL US 24/7