An 82-year-old man was killed and his wife was seriously injured in a Las Vegas car accident involving a driver who was reportedly under the influence. According to a KTNV news report, the DUI crash occurred at Charleston and Jones in Las Vegas. The elderly couple was making a left turn in a Lincoln Towncar when a 29-year-old man drove his car through a red light and struck their vehicle. The 82-year-old man was killed and it is not clear if his wife will survive the critical injuries she has suffered. Officials say the at-fault driver did not have a license or auto insurance. He also failed a field sobriety test and admitted to taking drugs for which he did not have a prescription.
Drivers who violate Nevada Statute 484.278 by running a red light may be held liable for the injuries and damages they cause in addition to facing a citation for the traffic violation. There are many reasons why a driver may run a red light including impairment, distracted driving, speeding or inattention.
Driving under the influence is also a serious problem in Las Vegas. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reported that 28 percent of all fatal Nevada car accidents in the year 2009 involved a driver who was under the influence. It is illegal under Nevada law to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, which includes prescription drugs.
Anyone who has suffered an injury in a Nevada DUI crash may seek financial compensation by filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. Families who have lost a loved one because of the actions of an impaired driver may seek compensation for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim. In cases where a driver does not have insurance, compensation may be available through the uninsured motorist clause of the victim’s auto insurance policy.
The skilled Las Vegas drunk driving attorneys at Shook & Stone have a long history of protecting the rights of drunk driving victims and holding negligent drivers accountable. We fight hard to ensure that injured victims obtain fair and full compensation for all their injuries, damages and losses. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, please contact our offices at 702-570-0000 for a free and comprehensive consultation.