If you are involved in a drunk driver accident in Las Vegas, you should begin thinking about civil litigation immediately after the police and an ambulance are called. If you are able, get witness names and contact information or have someone do it for you. When you speak to the police, ask them to get a toxicology report on the driver who is at fault.
Although you will rightfully be enraged that someone chose to drive while they were impaired by alcohol, drugs, or both, the place to confront them is in court with an experienced Las Vegas drunk driving accident attorney by your side. If they are convicted of the criminal DUI charge, Nevada’s law is on your side when you pursue civil liability for the injuries, deaths, or property damage they caused.
DUIs can involve driving while drunk but they can also involve driving while under the influence of other substances, including prescription drugs. A new term, polydrug use, is used to describe individuals whose toxicology results reveal they were under the influence of more than one substance. A study of fatally injured drivers pulled back the curtain to show us that 42% of drivers killed in accidents tested positive for multiple substances in 2016 compared to only 25% in 2007.
If you’re injured in a DUI, you’ll want law enforcement to do more than use than a breathalyzer to document the extent of the impairment of the negligent driver.