When it comes to operating a motor vehicle, it requires utmost attention and care in order to best prevent car accidents and the injuries related to them. This is why it is so crucial that Reno drivers today do not engage in intoxicated driving behaviors. This is because impaired drivers are at an awareness disadvantage due to the physical and mental effects of alcohol on the brain. Unfortunately, a Nevada driver did not heed the warnings both social and legal that should deter intoxicated drivers from getting behind the wheel.
This poor choice by an intoxicated Nevada driver of a Lexus in the early morning hours this week resulted in a crash with two other vehicles. It all started when the intoxicated driver of the Lexus when traveling the wrong way on the 215 Beltway near Warm Springs Road, heading west in the eastbound lane. There was then a collision with two vehicles, one carrying three passengers who sustained only minor injuries and one vehicle driven by a man who was seriously injured in the drunk driving accident. He was then airlifted to the trauma unit shortly following the accident.
According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, the driver of the Lexus is facing felony charge of DUI with accident resulting in substantial bodily harm, and misdemeanor charges of driving the wrong way and seatbelt requirement. What this means for the injured drivers is that it could be much easier to prove a civil case with a criminal conviction for felony DUI. There is a lower threshold of proof in personal injury cases and it can help to compensate injured parties for injuries, property damage and lost wages just to name a few. A wrong way, intoxicated driver is certainly grounds to seek reparations, if injured.
It can be hard to determine what drivers may be operating their vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. That is why all responsible Reno drivers should be on alert at all times, day, night or otherwise. For those that have already suffered the damages it is rarely, if ever, their fault if involved in a wreck with a drunk driver. Consider your options if you have suffered injury after a crash with a drunk driver.
Source: reviewjournal.com, “Two hospitalized after wrong-way crash on 215 Beltway,” Christian Bertolaccini, Jan. 17, 2015