Losing a loved one in a motor vehicle accident is a difficult and traumatizing experience. However, when a loved one is lost in an accident with a drunk driver the experience can be absolutely devastating. Despite stringent laws, driving while intoxicated remains a big problem on roadways in Nevada and across the nation. Statistics say that one person is killed by a drunk driver every 40 minutes in the United States. A recent accident in Las Vegas claimed the life of a woman and left an alleged drunk driver in handcuffs.
The accident occurred in the early morning hours at a Las Vegas intersection. According to reports, the driver of a pickup truck violently collided with the driver of a van at the intersection. Police say the pickup truck was traveling at a high rate of speed.
The driver of the van was critically injured and transported to a local hospital for treatment. She later died from injuries suffered in the crash. The driver of the pickup truck was arrested at the scene and charged with DUI involving death.
This accident is an example of the tragedy that can occur when drivers choose to get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol. Despite increased public awareness of the dangers of drunk driving, accidents involving intoxicated drivers continue to rise. According to statistics, drunk driving accidents account for about one third of all traffic fatalities in the United States. Nevada residents who suffer injuries or the loss of a loved one due to a drunk driver may have the right to pursue legal action. A successful lawsuit could result in much-needed compensation to the victim’s family that can be used to cover funeral expenses and other financial losses.
Source: news3lv.com, “Speed, driving under the influence factors in fatal west valley crash“, Marvin Clemons, July 1, 2017