Nothing good comes from driving under the influence (DUI). If you are caught and convicted, you might face serious legal and personal consequences. These can range from fines to the suspension of your driver’s license and/or jail time.
In addition, drunk driving also presents a serious safety risk to the drunk driver as well as the other road users. In fact, drunk driving is one of the leading causes of auto accidents in the U.S with the NHTSA reporting that alcohol-related accidents claim approximately 32 lives each day. But how do these accidents happen?
Here are two types of accidents that might result from drunk driving.
Alcohol impairs the driver’s ability to remain attentive and focused on the road. As such, it is not uncommon for a drunk motorist to become drowsy and fall asleep behind the wheel. Besides, alcohol also impairs the driver’s vision and ability to observe traffic rules. Overall, these lead to an increased likelihood of the drunk driver veering off their lane into oncoming traffic.
A drunk driver’s ability to judge distances can be greatly impaired and reaction time slowed. The result, they may not react fast enough during an emergency situation. Additionally, they can also incorrectly believe that they can safely slow down and stop at the cross stop when they actually cannot.
Filing your claim against a drunk driver
If you are hurt in an auto accident following a drunk driver’s negligence actions, you deserve justice. According to the Nevada statute of limitations, you have up to two years from the date of the accident to sue the liable party for damages. Missing this deadline can be extremely detrimental to your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve.
A car accident can leave you with serious injuries. Knowing your legal options can ensure that you pursue the responsible party for damages.