Drunk driving has been a social problem in the United States for about as long as automobiles have been around. Because of the country's penchant for equating driving with independence and freedom, and the history of the manufacture, sale and consumption of intoxicating beverages, especially as a form of celebration, the operation of motor vehicles while drunk also has long been a common event throughout the country. Over the last several decades, however, the dangers of drunk driving have become more and more apparent. Moreover, the political will to curb such behavior has grown such that every state has laws penalizing people criminally for driving will intoxicating.
While Nevada is largely a rural state, there are plenty of roads. Add in large entertainment centers such as Las Vegas or Reno, and there's plenty of opportunity for individuals to drive after having had a bit too much alcohol. When this occurs, it puts everyone on the road at risk of serious injury and death. It is well known that alcohol will slow reflexes, impair judgement and increase the chance of motor vehicle accidents if drivers have had too much. But how much does this happen in Nevada?
Driving while intoxicated is a crime in the state of Nevada. This has not, of course, brought an end to drunk driving or its often tragic consequences. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has collected data on the effects of drunk driving in each state. The statistics for Nevada are shocking.
With the holidays officially in the rear-view mirror for most, many are looking forward to the New Year and the positive changes ahead. But for some Reno families, they are barely making it through the day because their loved one was hit by a drunk driver. This can leave the victim and their family's life irreparably changed. There is another way besides criminal charges to get reparation after personal injury suffered due to a drunk driver.
Of the car accidents that are seemingly senseless, those involving intoxicated or drunk driving are particularly cringe-worthy. All other factors aside, it would appear that any car accident, and the resulting injuries, could have been prevented had the driver chosen to get behind the wheel sober. Because your physical and mental state is affected by alcohol, this is a legitimate claim. The legal way to state this claim is by filing a personal injury suit after you or loved one suffers injury or fatality due to a drunk driving accident.
As we know, car accidents happen. But, it is the car accidents that are preventable, the ones that seem so avoidable, that are the hardest to witness. A true tragedy occurred in Reno a few weeks ago when two Nevada residents from the next town over sadly lost their lives in a car crash.
We have all heard the awful stories about the average law-abiding citizen who was hit by a drunk driver. Drunk drivers are dangerous on the roadways because both their mental reasoning and physical reaction time are delayed due to the affects that alcohol has on the body and mind. Depending on a driver's BAC or blood-alcohol concentration, it can make them unable to see or react appropriately, which can cause a car accident. Car accidents, invariably, can cause serious injuries amounting to life-long changes and insurmountable medical expenses.
Few car accidents are as preventable as those where intoxicated driving is a factor. It is simple: if the operator of a motor vehicle does not consume alcohol, it will not be a factor in causing a car accident. Unfortunately, too many Reno residents do not heed caution when it comes to drinking and driving behaviors. They can, have and will cause unnecessary car accidents and serious injuries to innocent drivers.
The phone rings. A person answers only to discover that a loved one has been involved in a serious car accident. Hopefully, the injured makes it out alive. Sometimes, when a person is on the wrong-end of a car accident with a suspected drunk driver, they aren't so lucky. For those fortunate enough to escape with their life, there are often questions of how a DUI conviction will affect a personal injury suit.
It is hard to imagine that anyone would make the mistake of getting behind the wheel while impaired by alcohol. However, this is a decision and an action that happens every day out on Reno roads. Driving drunk puts the driver and other drivers and pedestrians at risk every moment that a person operates that vehicle. After an accident injury caused by a drunk driver, there is certain evidence that victims can use to to prove that drunk driving was a cause in the accident.