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Pedestrian accident results in DUI arrest

Nevada cities are thriving these days, and populations are on the rise. With the increasing population comes a rise in traffic, not only from motorists, but also from pedestrians. With vehicles and pedestrians in such close proximity, the likelihood of a pedestrian accident occurring is high. A recent accident in Reno resulted in injuries to a pedestrian and a DUI arrest for the driver.

According to reports, the accident occurred in the nighttime hours in Reno. A pedestrian was attempting to cross a street and was struck by a sedan. Witnesses say the pedestrian was using a crosswalk at the time of the collision. The collision resulted in injuries to the pedestrian, who was transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries not considered life-threatening.

Police say that the driver of the sedan left the scene but was located a short distance away. Reports say that the driver was under the influence of alcohol and was arrested. The driver was charged with DUI, leaving the scene of a crash and failure to yield to a pedestrian.

As populations rise, more and more pedestrians are put in harm's way as they navigate busy city streets. Laws are in place in the state of Nevada and across the country to protect pedestrians. Despite these laws, however, accidents involving vehicles and pedestrians continue to occur at an alarming rate. Those injured in a pedestrian accident have the right to take legal action. Victims, including the surviving families of fatal victims, could greatly benefit from seeking the services of an experienced personal injury attorney.

Source: mynews4.com, "Police: Driver arrested for DUI after striking pedestrian in midtown Reno", April 28, 2017

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