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    July 20 2020

    Drunk Driving Awareness

    Every two minutes someone is injured in a drunk driving crash (Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)). Even more unfortunate, every 51 minutes someone is killed. Drunk driving continues to be the number one cause of deaths on our roadways. Drunk driving awareness is everyone’s responsibility. Staying aware saves lives.

    As everyone settles into a new normal, it can be easy to forget about the dangers on the road. If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver in the Clark County area, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Anthem Injury Lawyers have experienced drunk driving accident lawyers who are ready to help you. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Nevada Impaired Statistics

    Las Vegas may be Sin City but it is not the top city for impaired driving in the nation. Unfortunately, Clark County is the most dangerous county for impaired driving in the state. The Nevada Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) has a goal of zero fatalities on the road. This goal has yet to be reached. Between 2013 and 2017, the Nevada SHSP reported the following:

    • 71 percent of impaired driving serious injury and fatal crashes occurred in Clark County.
    • 86 percent of serious injuries and 69 percent of fatalities occurred on urban roadways.
    • 42 percent of serious injuries and 41 percent of impaired driving fatalities occurred on the weekend.

    Drunk and impaired driving impacts everyone. It can devastate families. In July, it was reported that a toddler was killed in a crash. The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Speed and impairment allegedly contributed to the crash and the toddler’s death.

    If you are the victim of a drunk driver, contact an experienced Las Vegas lawyer. Anthem Injury Lawyers have experienced drunk driving accident lawyers who are ready to help you. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    What Is Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol?

    In Nevada, it is unlawful for any person who:

    • Is under the influence of intoxicating liquor;
    • Has a concentration of alcohol of 0.08 or more in his or her blood or breath; or
    • Is found by measurement within 2 hours after driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle to have a concentration of alcohol of 0.08 or more in his or her blood or breath,

    to drive or be in actual physical control of a vehicle on a highway or on premises to which the public has access.

    Other Restrictions

    Nevada has a .02 blood alcohol limit for drivers under 21 and a .04 blood alcohol limit for commercial license holders.

    Driving Under the Influence

    Our Las Vegas car accident lawyers are knowledgeable personal injury attorneys who have experience with a range of accident cases, including car accidents caused by drivers under the influence of a variety of controlled or prohibited substances. Prohibited substances include the following:

    • Amphetamine
    • Cocaine
    • Cocaine metabolite
    • Heroin
    • Heroin metabolite
    • Lysergic acid diethylamide
    • Methamphetamine
    • Phencyclidine
    • Marijuana
    • Marijuana metabolite

    Drunk and impaired driving accidents are preventable accidents.  The driver who chooses to get behind the wheel while impaired by alcohol or drugs is acting illegally.  Drunk drivers cause serious injuries. Our lawyers aggressively seek maximum compensation for victims.

    Have you been injured by an impaired driver? It is important to work with a Las Vegas lawyer who can manage all the issues involved in a complex car accident case. Anthem Injury Lawyers have experienced car accident lawyers who are ready to help you. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation. If you are seriously injured, we can come to you to provide a free case review.

    How to Identify Drunk Driving

    Drunk driver awareness is everyone’s responsibility. Staying alert on the roads can help save lives. Do you know the signs that a driver may be drunk or otherwise impaired? MADD provides the following 15 signs that a driver may be impaired:

    1. Quick acceleration or deceleration
    2. Tailgating
    3. Weaving or zig-zagging across the road
    4. Driving anywhere other than on a road designated for vehicles
    5. Almost striking an object, curb, or vehicle
    6. Stopping without cause or erratic braking
    7. Drifting in and out of traffic lanes
    8. Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions
    9. Slow response to traffic signals (e.g. sudden stop or delayed start)
    10. Straddling the center lane marker
    11. Driving with headlights off at night
    12. Swerving
    13. Driving slower than 10 mph below the speed limit
    14. Turning abruptly or illegally
    15. Driving into opposing traffic on the wrong side of the road

    What to Do If You Suspect a Drunk Driver

    If you notice any of the above signs that a driver may be drunk or impaired, you want the driver off the road. You want to do so quickly and safely. MADD provides the following three steps if you suspect an impaired driver.

    Step One

    • Stay as far away from the other vehicle as possible.
    • Don’t try to pass the vehicle or get the driver’s attention. You’ll only put yourself and others at risk of a crash.

    Step Two

    • Try to make note of the vehicle’s license plate number.
    • Look for any other distinguishing details of the vehicle: make, model, color.
    • Make note of the direction the vehicle is traveling or the names of the nearest cross streets.
    • Don’t compromise your own safety while trying to get this information.

    Step Three

    • Call 911.
    • Use a hands-free device or pull over before making the call.

    Stay safe when dealing with a suspected impaired driver. Do not try to follow the driver or interact with the driver. You could endanger yourself or others.

    What to Do If You Suspect the Driver Who Caused Your Accident Is Under the Influence?

    Impaired driving awareness can save lives. Unfortunately, not all drunk drivers are stopped before they cause accidents and injuries. What should you do if you’ve been in a car accident that was caused by a drunk driver?

    • Contact the authorities
    • Get medical treatment
    • Collect evidence from the scene
    • Get legal advice from a personal injury lawyer

    If you’ve been in an accident, contact the police and medical help immediately. Let the police know that you suspect the other driver was impaired. The police may administer a portable breath test to test if the driver is above the legal blood alcohol limit. The police may also administer a standardized field sobriety test. In some instances, a blood draw may be used to show the driver’s blood alcohol concentration. The police report and any test results can be important evidence in supporting your case.

    Once you’ve received medical care, contact Anthem Injury Lawyers for assistance with handling the details of your drunk driving accident case. Our Las Vegas car accident lawyers offer you years of experience winning drunk driving and more cases where our clients have been victims of others’ impairment.

    EXPERIENCED LAS VEGAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS

    If you or a loved one has been in a car accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer can help protect your rights. Our personal injury lawyers are experienced at handling all types of car accident cases, including accidents where the driver was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    Anthem Injury Lawyers can properly manage all the issues involved in a complex car accident case. Our law office is located in Henderson, but we work with clients all over the Las Vegas Valley. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

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