Las Vegas Girl Fatally Struck by Drunk Driver While Trick-or-Treating
A 12-year-old girl was killed in a Las Vegas car accident, which police officers say involved a driver who was speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs. According to a CBS News report, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred in Las Vegas Halloween night.
Police Department says the young victim was trick-or-treating with her aunt and cousins when a 2009 Mazda RX-8 struck her. She was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital before her mother arrived. The 41-year-old male driver involved in this incident has been charged with felony DUI.
Understanding Nevada’s Law
Nevada Statute 484C.110 states, “It is unlawful for any person who:
(a) Is under the influence of intoxicating liquor;
(b) Has a concentration of alcohol of 0.08 or more in his or her blood or breath; or
(c) Is found by measurement within 2 hours after driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle to have a concentration of alcohol of 0.08 or more in his or her blood or breath, to drive or be in actual physical control of a vehicle on a highway or on premises to which the public has access.”
Drunk Driving & Truck Accidents: Statistics in 2011
In 2011, drunk driving was responsible for over 10,000 fatalities across United States. Unfortunately, truck accidents involving alcohol were more common than any other type of vehicle-related accident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that there were 1,115 deaths and over 2,500 injuries in large truck accidents related to drunk driving in 2011.
What Damages Can the Family of a DUI Accident Victim Recover?
The family of the deceased DUI accident victim would be well advised to seek the counsel of an experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer who will be able to determine if they can file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party.
In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, compensation may be available for:
- Medical expenses related to the accident.
- Loss of income or earning capacity due to injuries.
- Compensation for pain and suffering during critical condition.
- Funeral and burial expenses in case of a fatal accident.
How to avoid & stay safe from Truck Accidents?
The best way to protect yourself from truck accidents is to stay aware of your surroundings and look out for any suspect vehicle. Additionally, you should:
- Ensure that your vehicle is in good condition, with regular maintenance checks and repairs.
- Avoid driving in a truck’s blind spots or “No Zones,” which are located behind and beside the truck.
- Stay alert and focused while driving and avoid distractions such as using mobile phones.
- Follow traffic rules and regulations, especially those regarding passing and merging around trucks.
How Shook & Stone Can Help?
The experienced Las Vegas drunk driving accident lawyers at Shook & Stone have a long history of holding drunk drivers accountable and helping injured victims and their families obtain fair compensation for their losses.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Las Vegas car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, please call our offices at 702-570-0000 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.