In the state of Nevada, it is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. Unfortunately, that does not prevent drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel. If you have been the victim of a DUI accident, contact The Janda Law Firm to speak with our Las Vegas DUI accident attorney today. We can help you pursue the maximum compensation available under the law.
As reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
A driver with a BAC of .08% or higher is considered to be driving while impaired. For a commercial driver, the limit is .04%, and for drivers under the age of 21, it is .02% under the state’s “zero tolerance” laws. A driver with a BAC below the per se limit can still be arrested for DUI if the police officer observes that the person’s driving was impaired. DUI can also be charged if a driver’s blood reveals the presence of any quantity of an illegal drug.
When someone is arrested for DUI, he or she can serious criminal penalties like jail time, license suspension, and thousands of dollars in fines. However, these consequences do little to help the victim recover from the impact of the accident. This is where civil claims come in.
By filing a personal injury lawsuit, a DUI accident victim can hold the at-fault driver accountable for the losses that he or she experienced. The victim can recover financial compensation to help pay for any damages that he or she experienced in the accident, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Even if the driver is facing criminal charges for the same incident, you can pursue a civil lawsuit after a DUI accident. An attorney from the Janda Law Firm can help you navigate the litigation process and recover the compensation that you deserve.
If you have been hurt in a DUI crash, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries. Depending on the particular circumstances of your case, compensatory damages you may be able to claim may include:
In Nevada, you are also entitled to pursue punitive damages if the driver who caused your accident and injuries was DUI. These damages go above and beyond compensation to punish the drunk driver for egregious wrongdoing. Punitive damages are allowed in DUI accident claims because driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is unlawful, and such accidents should never occur.
There is a time limit for filing civil lawsuits in Nevada. According to the state’s personal injury statute of limitations, you need to file your claim two years from the date of the accident, or the court will dismiss your case.
There are some exceptions to this rule, but they are rare. Speak to an attorney as soon as possible after your accident to identify your appropriate filing deadline and protect your right to financial recovery.
If you were injured in a drunk driving accident, you deserve justice. By filing a lawsuit, you can secure a settlement to help pay for the damages you suffered due to the driver’s recklessness and negligence. To strengthen your chances of a successful claim, you need an attorney on your side.
At the Janda Law Firm, we have no sympathy for people who choose to drink and drive. We will fight tirelessly to recover the compensation that you deserve and hold the at-fault driver accountable for his or her actions.
There are several benefits to hiring our Las Vegas DUI accident attorney:
At The Janda Law Firm, we believe in holding drunk drivers accountable for the injuries they cause. We are also committed to pursuing full and fair compensation for the people they harm. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our Las Vegas DUI accident attorney if you have been the victim of a serious DUI accident.