It’s that time of year when people tend to unwind a bit and take it easy. They may leave work earlier than they usually do and agree to join family and/or friends for some occasions that they may not normally attend. People are happy and festive during the holiday season, but unfortunately people are also prone to making mistakes that involve the consumption of alcohol and then getting behind the wheels of vehicles. People who put themselves in this position only invite risk and danger both for themselves and for anyone else who may be affected by their conduct.
Unfortunately, the risks regarding Nevada DUI accidents rise during the latter part of December and into January after New Year’s Day. As such, the law enforcement community is becoming more proactive in this regard and stepping up their efforts to patrol and ultimately to arrest people who are driving while drunk. Below you’ll find a brief overview of one announcement made by a local law enforcement agency as well as what you can do if you are injured by a drunk driver in a crash.
Henderson DUI Enforcement
Earlier this week, the Henderson Police Department announced that it would, in cooperation with other agencies, intensify its efforts in identifying, investigating and ultimately arresting motorists who may have consumed alcohol before driving. This stepped-up effort will commence on December 21 and it will continue through New Year’s Eve. The Henderson Police Traffic Unit is able to take this step because of funding it received from the Department of Public Safety – Office of Traffic Safety. At this point in 2012, more than 40 people have been killed in Nevada car accidents where alcohol was listed as a factor.
Nevada DUI Accidents and Legal Fallout
When someone is badly injured or worse in a crash that was caused by a drunk driver, that injured person or the surviving family members of the person who has been killed can explore different legal options in order to hold those responsible for these losses accountable. One such step would involve the filing of a Nevada personal injury lawsuit against that drunk driver. If such a lawsuit is filed and it’s successful, it could lead to an award of damages that compensates the plaintiff for losses incurred.
The best way to avoid becoming part of the problem regarding Nevada DUI accidents is to simply avoid consuming alcohol if you’re going to be driving. Arrange for a designated driver or take a taxi cab home. However, that will not prevent other people on the roads from driving after consuming alcohol, and innocent people could still be harmed in these types of crashes.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a drunk driver, you need to seek the help of Las Vegas accident lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of clients for many years. Contact Bernstein & Poisson today to schedule a free initial consultation.