The Risks of Impaired Driving

Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Jan 21, 2015 in Car Accident News

Impaired driving is a serious problem in Nevada and across the country. Intoxicated drivers cause a substantial number of the accidents, injuries, and deaths on the road. On average, one person dies each hour from an accident involving alcohol or other intoxicated drivers. This adds up to more than 10,000 fatalities in a typical year. The total cost of alcohol-impaired accident expenses to drivers, insurers and other members of society comes to approximately $59 billion a year. Additionally, approximately 20 percent of children age 14 or younger who were killed in traffic accidents in 2012 were killed in an accident involving an alcohol-impaired driver. In over half of these cases, the children were riding in the car with the drunk driver at the time of the accident. A personal injury lawsuit can be a powerful tool to compel a driver whose irresponsible actions caused the physical harm of another to pay reasonable compensation. The driver and their representatives may choose to settle the case based on the merits of the lawsuit presented, delivering an appropriate level of financial redress to the plaintiff in exchange for dropping the case, or they may choose to go to civil court and attempt to defend themselves from the charges against them. An attorney may be of assistance to the plaintiff as they communicate with the defendant and the court, advocating for their client's version of events and demanding fair payment for the harm they have suffered. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Impaired Driving: Get the Facts," Accessed Jan. 21, 2015