Let’s get one thing out of the way first. We DO NOT represent drunk drivers. Our Las Vegas car accident attorneys only represent people injured by drunk drivers. Our goal is to create a safer community while working to get our clients every penny they deserve. Driving drunk is a choice. While those who get behind the wheel while intoxicated don’t generally have the desire or intention of getting into a crash, everyone knows the risks. Everyone knows drunk driving kills.
Drivers have alternatives. The driver could have called a taxi, Uber or Lyft. They could have called a friend. Who doesn’t know a friend or family member that would help them from injuring others on the roadway? In short, there is no imperative to drive drunk. Las Vegas has a wealth of transportation options available so that people who have been drinking need not get behind the wheel. And yes, by the time they drive away, a driver may be so drunk they do not know what they are doing, but they knew when they chose to take that first drink that they needed to have a plan for how they would get home. Whether the decisions were made while sober or drunk, drivers must be held accountable for the injuries and death they cause.
There Is Usually a Criminal Case
Your lawsuit is not a criminal case and winning does not hinge on a criminal conviction. In drunk driving crashes, there is usually a criminal case against the driver, and that can work in your favor because the evidence in the criminal case can be used in your civil case as well. But the outcome of the criminal case does not determine the outcome of your civil lawsuit. We will get the evidence used in the criminal case and determine what will help your case. We will also help you if you want to testify in the criminal case to make sure the other driver is appropriately punished.
Criminal cases carry a very high burden of proof and they can be dismissed on technicalities and mistakes made by law enforcement and prosecutors. You can still win a drunk driving lawsuit, even if the driver is not found guilty of a crime or the driver pleads to a lesser crime. The car crash and motorcycle accident attorneys of Adam Smith Law are experienced litigators. We take each drunk driving injury claim personally and stick with our clients from start to finish.
Punitive damages are intended to punish the drunk driver and send a message to others in the community that similar behavior will not be tolerated. These are added to the damages meant to compensate you for injuries or wrongful death. Punitive damages are rarely available in car crash cases, but impaired driving is an exception. Many other attorneys will not pursue punitive damages because they are more difficult to obtain and require more work. Adam Smith Law does not shy away from hard work and will fight to get what you deserve.
If you have been harmed by a drunk driver, you may be able to recover substantial compensation for your injuries or the loss of a loved one. Please call the Las Vegas car accident attorneys of Adam Smith Law at 702-929-2289 or email us to schedule your free consultation and learn more about how we can help you.
We represent seriously injured victims in complex drunk driving injury cases and we fight for justice for our clients. Please call us today.