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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes—that’s one person every 48 minutes. A DUI is perhaps the scariest type of motor vehicle collision. It is scary because of the intentional act of the driver placing themselves on the roadway in an impaired state and because it is a threat to the safety of everyone in the community.
Nevada law provides special rights to those injured by a drunk or impaired driver. An injured victim, or their family, me be entitled to an award for punitive damages, in addition to damages for bodily injury and pain and suffering.
A punitive damage award gives rise to both criminal liability and civil liability under Nevada Revised Statute 42.010:
“In an action for the breach of an obligation, where the defendant caused an injury by the operation of a motor vehicle in violation of NRS 484C.110, 484C.130 or 484C.430 after willfully consuming or using alcohol or another substance, knowing that the defendant would thereafter operate the motor vehicle, the plaintiff, in addition to the compensatory damages, may recover damages for the sake of example and by way of punishing the defendant.”
As a former United States Federal Military Prosecutor, attorney Craig W. Drummond previously prosecuted drunk drivers sending them to prison. Now, as an attorney representing those injured by drunk drivers, he will put his powerful skill-set to work to fight to achieve substantial compensation for your injuries. If you or a family member has been injured by a drunk driver, give our office a call today for a no-charge initial consultation to discuss your case and your rights.
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Who is Responsible For Drunk Driving Accidents?
Drunk drivers are responsible for their own behavior, including choosing to drive their vehicles after consuming alcohol.
Those responsible for hosting events where alcohol is served may be held liable in the event a guest causes a drunk driving accident and the host was known to provide alcohol to the guest after he or she was clearly intoxicated, or knowingly served alcohol to a minor.
Bar and restaurant owners and employees can also be held responsible for drunk driving accidents. It is their responsibility to stop serving patrons that appear to be intoxicated.
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The victim of a drunk driving accident often suffers serious injuries. If your loved one was killed as a result of a drunk driver we are here to fight for your family and help you through this difficult time.
Despite efforts to eliminate drunk drivers, they continue to drive and cause serious injuries to others. Types of accidents caused by a drunk driver include:
- Car accidents:
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycling accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bus accidents
I was hit by a drunk driver.
Can I Sue?
Yes, you have a right to sue if you were hit by an intoxicated driver and sustained significant injuries. Keep in mind that every case has unique facts and considerations, you’ll need a knowledgeable injury attorney on your side to review the facts of your DUI accident and fight to give you the compensation you deserve.
Nevada law requires that motorists carry liability insurance to pay for damage they cause, this especially applies in instances of DUI’s. If you were hit by a drunk driver, you can file a claim against the drunk driver’s insurance. However, If the insurance company refuses to provide fair compensation, your attorney will seek to file a lawsuit.
If the circumstances surrounding the case are justified, the Drummond Law Firm will offer to represent you. Our personal injury cases come with our Fair Fee Guarantee®, meaning there is no fee unless we win your case. We are the only firm in Nevada that offers the Fair Fee Guarantee® and in the event that your case is settled before a lawsuit has been filed, our attorney fee will not exceed your net recovery.