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Drunk driving still a serious problem on state roads

For decades, lawmakers, safety advocates and others have tried to decrease drunk driving. Some of their efforts have been focused on education, others on enforcement and stiffer penalties for offenders. And many of these efforts have paid off. However, statistics show drunk drivers remain a serious risk in Nevada.

According to the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, drunk driving-related fatalities have dropped 48% since 1982. More recently however, researchers have noted an apparent increase.

In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association studied the issue of drunk driving in Nevada, and found that while the Silver State's rates of drunk driving-related fatalities were below the national average, they were still quite high at 2.8 per 100,000 population. (The national average was 3.3 per 100,000.) More troubling still: In follow-up studies, the NHTSA found an increase in drunk driving-related fatalities in Nevada almost every year since 2012.

All drivers owe a duty to others on the road to drive carefully, so as to avoid the risk of accidents. When drivers breach that duty, whether by driving drunk or some other careless activity, they are said to act negligently. When they injure someone else in an accident caused by their negligence, the injured may recover compensation for their damages through a personal injury lawsuit. In cases involving a fatal accident, the family of the victim may recover compensation for their damages through a wrongful death lawsuit.

A serious injury can turn a whole family's life upside-down, and the damages individuals and their families can suffer after a car accident can be enormous. An experienced personal injury attorney can help the injured and their families to understand their legal options for recovering compensation.

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