In a crash against a drunk driver, some things are in common with other auto accidents; for instance, the other driver’s liability and the extent of your damages still has to be assessed. However, drunk driving accidents are often more severe, simply because of the impaired condition of the other driver.
Ed has been one of our community’s strongest advocates against drunk driving. For more than ten years, he has worked with MADD, helping to develop the first Red Ribbon campaign as well as one of the the first Home For The Holidays campaigns. He has also produced PSAs and was active as a spokesperson, first for MADD and then on behalf of STOP DUI. Our Las Vegas lawyers know the emotional and physical damage caused by people who drink and drive.
According to MADD, on average someone is killed by a drunk driver every 45 minutes. In 2008, an estimated 11,773 people died in drunk driving related crashes. MADD estimates bout three in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some time in their lives.
You were following the rules of the road when someone who wasn’t sober hit you. So why are you the one suffering when it wasn’t your fault?
It doesn’t matter if you were in a car accident, SUV accident, motorcycle accident, semi-truck accident, or you were struck as a pedestrian – drunk driving is against the law. DUI accidents can be devastating. Often, drunk drivers strike other vehicles and cause innocent people to suffer back injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and even fatal injuries.
If you’re hurt, you want a lawyer who understands the injuries that happen when drunk drivers hit innocent victims. We know how insurance companies operate. They try to settle cases cheaply, without concern for your best interests. When you hire us, we put our legal know-how to work, fighting for your rights to fair compensation.
From the moment you hire our Las Vegas accident law firm, an entire legal team goes to work for you.
-In the office, Las Vegas attorneys and legal staff will talk to the insurance company, handle your medical bills, and take the worries off your hands so you can focus on more important matters, like getting better.
-In the field, our investigators take pictures at the scene of the accident where you were struck by someone who was drinking and driving, talk to witnesses, and use whatever means possible to dig up evidence for your Las Vegas drunk driving case.
How to Spot a Drunk Driver
Alcohol affects the central nervous system, impairing vision, coordination, judgment and reaction time. When someone is driving impaired, they may overcompensate for these impaired functions in an effort to make their driving appear normal. In fact, some drunk drivers may actually appear as if they are just overly cautious drivers.
Here are signs that a driver may be impaired:
- Turning with a wide radius
- Driving below the speed limit
- Straddling the center of the road or lane marker
- Drifting or moving in a straight line at a slight angle to the roadway
- Driving with headlights off at night
- Erratic braking or stopping without cause
- Slow response to traffic signals (sudden stop, delayed start)
- Nearly striking an object, curb, etc.
- Weaving or zigzagging across the road
- Driving on the wrong side of the road or completely off the roadway
- Appearing to be drunk (eye fixation, face close to windshield)
- Swerving or abruptly turning away from a generally straight course
- Turning abruptly or illegally
- Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions
If You Spot a Drunk Driver
If you spot a drunk driver, create a safe distance between you and the other driver. Write down a license plate number, a description of the vehicle and the direction it’s traveling. Then call 911 to report the driver. If you’re calling from your cell phone, make sure to pull over safely before making the call.
It’s also important to know what not to do if you spot a drunk driver. Don’t:
- Try to stop the vehicle
- Disregard traffic signals or laws in an attempt to keep the driver in view
- Follow the drunk driver too closely in case of sudden stops
- Try to detain the drunk driver if the vehicle stops
- Act in the capacity of any police, fire or medical person unless you’re properly trained and authorized to perform that function
- Assist any law enforcement officer who’s apprehending a drunk driver
For more tips from MADD, just visit their website: www.madd.org