One person was killed and two others were hurt in a Las Vegas car accident, which officials say was caused by a suspected drunk driver who was driving on the wrong side of the road. According to an Associated Press news report, the fatal car accident occurred on the U.S. 95 near Ann Road. Nevada Highway Patrol officials say a Buick sedan, driven by a 45-year-old man, was hit head-on by a Ford pickup truck. A GMC SUV was also hit. The driver of the Buick died, while the drivers of the pickup and the SUV suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The pickup was going north in the southbound lanes. The driver of the Ford pickup is facing felony DUI (driving under the influence) charges.
Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is illegal under Nevada law. In a case where a victim is killed as the result of a drunk driver, the family of the deceased victims can file what is known as a wrongful death claim in the state of Nevada. Such claims are usually filed by immediate family members, such as children or spouses, and seek compensation for damages such as lost future wages, medical expenses, and funeral costs. In such cases, drunk drivers, in addition to facing criminal charges, can also be held civilly liable for their actions.
An experienced Las Vegas injury attorney at Shook & Stone has successfully represented injured drunk driving accident victims and their families. We help victims of negligent drivers receive fair and full compensation for their losses and hold the at-fault driver accountable. Please contact us at 702-570-0000 to obtain more information about your legal rights and options.