Las Vegas Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
It is beyond dispute that drunk driving is dangerous, irresponsible behavior. According to the most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control, 28 percent of all fatal car crashes in the U.S. are attributable to alcohol-impaired driving. Unfortunately for drivers in Las Vegas, alcohol consumption is widely promoted as one of the pleasures that the city has to offer. Despite ongoing efforts to encourage those who drink not to get behind the wheel, intoxicated individuals do drive – with devastating results. If a drunk driver caused your injury or the death of a loved one, a dedicated Las Vegas drunk driving accident attorney at Cogburn Law Offices will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Not Just Another Accident
For your sake, as well as for the general good, it is a mistake to treat an accident involving a drunk driver as you would any other auto collision. On one hand, you have a greater possibility of achieving a settlement that is consistent with the harm that has resulted. In addition, a vigorous response to such an event helps enforce the efforts of public officials to send the message that drunk driving will not be tolerated.
A driver who has been established to have been alcohol-impaired at the time of an accident is on shakier ground than most who are accused of reckless behavior. In fact, according to Nevada law (NRS 41.133), if a driver who caused an accident has actually been convicted of drunk driving, “the judgment of conviction is conclusive evidence of all the facts necessary to impose civil liability” for an injury.
Shades of Grey?
It’s possible that your case may not be this clear-cut. Perhaps you only suspect intoxication, perhaps field testing was not performed, or improperly performed, and the driver was not convicted of DUI.
Wherever this aspect of your accident lies on the spectrum, you need the insight and guidance of an experienced Las Vegas drunk driving accident attorney on your side. The lawyers at Cogburn Law Offices have decades of experience with drunk driving cases and can evaluate the facts to determine how to move forward with a lawsuit or claim.
The Restitution You Deserve
If a drunk driver has caused you physical injury or damaged property belonging to you, you have every right to be fully compensated for the damages you have suffered. These can include any medical expenses, loss of income, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering. If your long-term health or quality of life has been impacted, damages must be pursued to reflect these impacts.
In fact, drunk driving is not merely irresponsible. It is criminal. Reflecting this, Nevada law (NRS 42.010) makes it possible for a plaintiff to pursue more than just compensation for injury or property damage. If it has been proven that a driver who caused an accident was under the influence of alcohol, a plaintiff can seek punitive damages.
It’s Best to Act Now
Even in the strongest cases, it takes time to assemble all necessary proof of causation and injury and to develop a case, along with the critical filings and court appearances involved in a civil lawsuit. The sooner you schedule a consultation at Cogburn Law Offices, the closer you will be to justice, peace of mind and closure after this tragic event.
Contact a Las Vegas Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a drunk driver, call the Las Vegas personal injury lawyers at Cogburn Law Offices today for a free case consultation.