DWI Accident Attorney Las Vegas, NV
Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) accidents result in a death somewhere in the U.S. every half hour or so, and an injury every two minutes. In the Las Vegas area, DUI accidents are common occurrences, and the personal injury attorneys at Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith have accumulated decades of combined legal experience representing the interests of individuals and families harmed by DUI accidents.
Impaired Drivers Cause DUI Accidents
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (whether legal/prescribed drugs or illegal drugs) causes impairments in judgment, reflexes, and driving skill. For this reason, all 50 states, the District of Columbia and most industrialized countries have strict laws against operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
In the Las Vegas Valley and the rest of Nevada, a driver is considered to be a DUI offender if his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08% or higher. The license of a driver found to have an illegal BAC level or evidence of driving while drugged will be confiscated by the arresting officer.
DUI: Nearly 40% of Traffic Fatalities
Alcohol is involved in approximately 39% of all traffic-related fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Each day in the U.S., an average of 36 people die in a drunk-driving accident. The number jumps to 45 people per day during the days around Christmas, and to 54 per day over the New Year’s holiday.
Drivers, Passengers, Pedestrians Hurt or Killed
DUI accidents have injured and killed the operators and passengers of vehicles of every imaginable type – cars, motorcycles, trucks (from personal-use light trucks to 18-wheelers), RVs, trains, boats, and planes. Pedestrians are especially vulnerable to the negligent and reckless maneuvers of alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers.
It’s bad enough to be hurt (or have your loved one hurt or killed) in a traffic accident, and when the accident’s cause is something as preventable and senseless as a drunk-driving accident, the pain and anguish of the victims is even greater.