Most Nevada drivers try their best to abide by traffic safety laws and to generally be careful drivers. Unfortunately, they sometimes have to share the road with people who are not nearly as responsible.
Recently, Nevada Highway Patrol officers arrested a 22-year-old man who was involved in an accident that killed a man who was changing a tire by the side of a highway. Originally, police said the driver had been affected by a diabetic condition at the time of the accident. Later, they said the 22-year-old man told them he had taken drugs, including Oxycodone and intravenous heroin before the accident.
The driver now faces multiple charges for causing a fatal accident while driving while under the influence of drugs, among other alleged crimes.
After fatal car accidents caused by drunk drivers, the criminal justice system obviously has an important role to play in restoring the public's sense of safety and justice. However, the criminal justice system is not the only way to hold a negligent driver accountable.
Nevada law provides that after someone is killed in an accident caused by driver negligence, family members of the victim may receive compensation for their damages by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. A wrongful death suit may take place when a driver acts negligently by failing to exert the same level of attention that a rational person would exercise in the same situation, and a person is injured or killed as a result. The fact that a driver was intoxicated at the time of an accident is solid evidence that can be used to show negligence.
A wrongful death lawsuit can help a grieving family to cope with the lost income and other monetary damages that come with losing a loved one in an accident. In addition, it can help hold a negligent driver accountable even when the criminal justice system fails to do so and can help encourage other drivers to be more careful in the future. A Nevada attorney with experience in wrongful death and personal injury cases can help the injured or their grieving families to understand how the process works and advise them on their legal options.
Source: KLAS-TV, "Driver arrested for DUI in deadly U.S. 95 crash," Natalie Cullen, March 19, 2014