Drove While Intoxicated? Here’s Why You Should Still Seek an Attorney
It’s Friday night and you among most people, are celebrating the weekend and a well-deserved break. And whether you do it at a bar, a night club, or even by buying some liquor and enjoying it at home. No matter what way you do it, drinking is a culturally intangible aspect of enjoying a weekend.
Unfortunately, with drinking often comes bad decisions. After a pint or two of beer, despite being taught never to drink and drive your whole life, you might decide to ignore that and 10 minutes later, you’re in an accident that maybe you remember and maybe you don’t. But since you drove while intoxicated, you already know what’s coming next.
In a personal injury case where another argues drunk driving, most people assume that the intoxicated driver is completely at fault, but that’s not always the case. It’s easy to forget that a sober driver is perfectly capable of causing a car accident even if the other driver isn’t.
That said, even if you’re feeling embarrassed, ashamed, or not altogether after the crash, it’s important to put forth effort to perform your own investigation, take your own pictures and gather your own evidence so you can present your side of the story.
The other party will try to place all blame and damage charges onto you, but if you have your own evidence, eyewitness accounts, and can manage to summon your own memory from the accident, you can either have damage charges resulting from the car accident reduced or dropped altogether with litigation.
But just because you know that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for those who have driven drunk doesn’t mean you should keep breaking the rules at your leisure.
Current penalties for driving under the influence in Nevada stand at a $400 minimum charge along with a minimum 2 days in jail or 48-96 hours of community service for a first offense. A third offense is a $2000 minimum charge and 1 to 6 years in prison. Any offense results in a revocation of your license for a period of time.
Still, even if you get the basic charges and penalties for drunk driving, one shouldn’t be held responsible for all damages especially, if in reality, the sober driver was at fault for possibly driving while texting, poor vehicle maintenance or other reasons.
So if you know you’re not completely at fault, know that it’s up to you to brush aside your embarrassment and get a personal injury attorney to help you remove charges you don’t deserve.