The number of alcohol-related traffic accidents in Nevada has declined, which is a good fact to focus on.
But if an impaired driver was responsible for the crash in which you suffered a spinal cord injury, your focus is on how best to move forward and manage your SCI.
Accident numbers in Nevada
The Nevada Office of Traffic Safety put out a report in 2019 with both positive and negative aspects. Data indicate that alcohol-related car crashes have declined, but the incidents of crashes caused by drivers impaired by a combination of alcohol, marijuana and drugs rose by 34% in 2017-2018.
Falls and vehicle crashes are responsible for most of the spinal cord injuries that occur in the U.S. Violent impact is the trigger for SCI. The spinal cord is fragile and is not meant to take the force of a car crash. Results can differ from pain and numbness to paralysis of the limbs. Currently, there is no way to reverse spinal damage, but medication, prostheses and a program of rehabilitation can help patients who face a long period of recovery, if not a lifetime of SCI management.
A look ahead
In the state of Nevada, you have two years in which to file a claim for compensation for injuries you sustained in a vehicle crash. Although the statute of limitations is generous, it is better to file promptly in order to obtain a fair settlement that covers your current and future medical expenses and more. An experienced and compassionate advocate can assist with insurance negotiations while you concentrate on managing your SCI and resuming a productive life.