Recent reports reveal that U.S. Sen. Harry Reid’s brother has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor driving under the influence and resisting arrest charges that stem from an arrest that took place five months ago. Larry Joe Reid was arrested by Nevada Highway Patrol at gunpoint after trying to drive away with a trooper clinging to the side of the vehicle. Reid reportedly punched the trooper who was able to gain control of the vehicle. He continued to resist arrest until backup arrived. Reid had been drinking.
Reid’s attorney submitted written pleas, provided proof that Reid attended court-required DUI and victim-impact classes and paid almost $1,200 in fines. Reid will not serve any jail time or probation. Other charges, including misdemeanor battery on an officer, weapon, failure to comply and seatbelt charges, were dismissed.
Proving Negligence in an Alcohol-Involved Personal Injury Case
Negligence is the term used to describe a failure to act in a reasonable manner to avoid harming another. Someone is considered negligent when they act in a way the results in the harm of another, such as drinking and driving and causing an accident. When someone is injured as the result of another’s negligence, the law allows them to bring a personal injury suit against the at-fault and negligent driver. However, the plaintiff must prove that the driver acted negligently, which led to the injuries. In some cases, this is not difficult to prove. If an individual is intoxicated and causes an accident, that person not only broke the law but also acted negligently.
What If The At-Fault Driver Attempts to Flee the Scene?
Hit-and-run is a criminal charge that some drivers may face if they are caught leaving the scene or after they have left the scene of an accident without stopping to provide assistance. Fleeing the scene does not automatically mean the driver is at fault for the accident, but the driver has broken the law and can face serious charges. In many instances, a hit-and-run can lead to punitive damages. This is a special type of damage a victim can seek which is applied to punish the at-fault driver and deter others from following that example.
Do I Need an Attorney?
If you are facing any type of personal injury suit, whether it involves a drunk driver or a hit-and-run driver, you need the help of a skilled attorney. The team at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas has the experience and resources you need to seek the maximum amount of compensation. Give us a call today for more information.