If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one at the hands of a drunk driver in Nevada, we can help you pursue damages in a civil suit to hold the impaired driver accountable. Our injury team understands the physical and emotional toll drunk driving accidents can have on victims. When significant financial burdens are coupled with the pain and suffering you’re experiencing, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Reach out to our team so we can relieve some of the stress of your personal injury case so you can concentrate on getting better.
Call the Van Law Firm at 702-529-1011 to discuss your case. Consultations are free and there is no obligation.
Every 50 minutes, someone in the United States is killed by a drunk driver. These crashes account for about one-third of all traffic-related fatalities, severely injuring about 800 people each year. In Nevada alone, approximately 100 people lose their lives each year in drunk driving crashes. With more than one million drivers getting arrested for impaired driving annually across the nation, and countless more motorists getting away with DUI, the problem has reached epic proportions. Although the alcohol-impaired driving fatality rate decreased 27 percent between 2005 and 2014, motor vehicle crashes involving alcohol cost the United States roughly $44 billion each year. Sadly, innocent drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and motorcyclists are the ones who pay.
While filing a personal injury lawsuit cannot erase the damage that has been done by drunk driving accidents, it can help show people who make the decision to drink and drive that this reckless behavior will not be tolerated in Nevada. In addition to the compensation you can recover for economic and non-economic damages after a DUI crash, you may be able to recover punitive damages. Unlike compensatory damages that are designed to provide financial relief to victims for their losses, punitive damages are designed to punish the wrongdoer. When drunk drivers are held accountable for their actions, they are more likely to learn from their mistakes and avoid impaired driving in the future.
If you’ve lost a loved one in a DUI crash, please accept our condolences. In addition to the pain you’re feeling after losing someone dear, you may be experiencing frustration knowing that someone else’s reckless behavior hurt your family so deeply. Fortunately, you may be able to take legal action against the impaired driver who caused your tragic loss by filing a wrongful death suit.
In Nevada, only select people are eligible to file a wrongful death suit after a DUI crash.
If the drunk driver was under age 21 when the accident happened, the bar, restaurant, nightclub, or social host who knowingly served or sold the person alcohol may be partially liable under Nevada’s Dram Shop laws. Additionally, if a social host allows teenagers to drink on his or her property, and a drunk driving accident causes injuries or death, the social host can be held liable for compensatory damages as well as punitive damages.
Unfortunately, Nevada’s Dram Shop law does not apply to social hosts or drinking establishments that serve drunk drivers who are over 21.