As many Reno residents know all too well, anything can happen out on roads and highways today. Statewide, there has been a crack-down on those who choose to drive while intoxicated. However, this has not stopped all intoxicated drivers from getting behind the wheel. If you or a loved one was involved in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, consider what this incident could mean for them long and short term. It may be possible to seek compensation besides the criminal charges often associated with such behavior.
Drunk driving accidents can occur when a driver chooses to get behind the wheel after their blood alcohol concentration is above the legal limit. Then, an accident occurs between the drunk driver's vehicle and another vehicle that results in damages and bodily injury. Authorities on the site of an accident are trained to notice behaviors of intoxicated drivers. Often the suspected drunk driver will be tested for their BAC limit amongst other sobriety tests that will determine if the driver was in fact intoxicated at the time of the crash.
Establishing the intoxication level of the drunk driver in question is key to proving their liability for the accident in terms of drunk driving. Once the intoxication level is established, the plaintiff must prove that said intoxication level was too high for safe operation of a motor vehicle. Because of this intoxication level, the plaintiff finally must demonstrate that the defendant failed to exercise reasonable care for the public's safety due to their earlier decisions and actions.
It is important to keep in mind that each drunk driving case presents it's own set of challenges. However, drunk driving accidents are serious and require the utmost attention for the injured parties to receive reparations. If you or a loved one was injured in a Reno drunk driving accident, consider all your options before choosing inaction as plan of action.
Source: FindLaw, "Drunk Driving Accidents," Accessed Nov. 22, 2015