It’s a fact, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal everywhere in the United States. However, as Reno DUI accident attorneys, we know the laws regarding DUI accidents and DUI charges are complicated and vary widely throughout the U.S.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 28 people die every day in a drunk-driving accident. In 2019, 10,142 people in the United States were killed in a drunk-driving accident. These are sobering statistics, to say the least.
It’s easy to say that people who drive under the influence are bad people who need to be punished. In some cases, it’s true. These DUI laws are put in place to protect victims of DUI accidents and to hold those accountable for their mistakes.
If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver…
Accidents happen and people make mistakes, but if you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, it’s crucial that the driver be held accountable. The first step you should take is to speak with an experienced Reno DUI accident lawyer to ensure you get justice in your case.
If you think each DUI settlement is the same…
You are wrong. The DUI laws are complicated and settlements can vary widely depending on the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels, type of driver responsible for the accident, the driver’s history, and the extent of the injuries and property damage. For example, an adult over the age of 21 driving their personal vehicle without a commercial license, a BAC level of .08 or higher is considered drunk driving. However, for commercial drivers in Nevada, a BAC of .04 or higher is considered drunk driving. By working with a drunk driving accident attorney, you will learn how the facts of your case will impact your settlement.
If you think all attorneys can handle drunk driving cases…
Technically, you are correct as all attorneys are legally allowed to handle DUI cases and settlements. However, only experienced DUI accident lawyers, particularly those practicing in your city, will get you the best settlement for your case. They not only are familiar with the laws regarding DUI cases, but they have also worked many DUI cases and know what amounts the courts are granting for settlements and what sentences drunk drivers are receiving.
If you aren’t sure what questions to ask a DUI attorney…
We have a shortlist of essential questions to ask a potential drunk driver accident lawyer before you hire them to work your case. These questions include, but aren’t limited to:
- How many drunk driving cases have you managed?
- How many drunk driving cases have you litigated (argued in court)?
- What is the average settlement your clients receive for DUI accidents?
- What settlement amounts have you won for cases similar to mine?
The advantage of working with an experienced DUI attorney is that they are not only familiar with the law, but they are also familiar with recent DUI settlements, how certain judges handle DUI settlements, the maximum payouts possible for DUI cases under certain circumstances, and they are passionate about getting you largest settlement possible.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drunk-driving accident, contact us today to speak with our knowledgeable DUI accident attorneys.