We have all seen the public service announcements by the government. These commercials by groups, like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and the warnings from law enforcement about stricter monitoring of drunk driving. Yet, every day, people get behind the wheels of motor vehicles after having had too much alcohol. And, it often leads to drunk driving accidents, and sometimes, to death.
One such incident happened recently in the eastern section of nearby Las Vegas. Reportedly, a 1998 Honda Accord collided with a 2014 Ford Mustang in an intersection. According to authorities, the 24-year-old driver of the Accord had run a stop sign, and hit the Mustang broadside on the driver's side. Unfortunately, the driver of the Mustang, aged 80, was killed at the scene from blunt force trauma.
The surviving driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. He has been booked on charges of Fatal Driving Under the Influence (DUI), possession of a controlled substance and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle. Bail had not been set at the time of the report and the 24-year-old remained in custody.
Great strides have been made in the fight against drunk driving since it first became a major social issue in the 1970s and 1980s. There is still a long way to go. Even one Nevada family having to deal with the loss of a loved one due to the preventable crime of drunk driving is too many. Those who have lost someone in a drunk driving accident may wish to consider whether they have a legal right to recover compensation from the negligent driver.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal, "Man arrested after fatal crash in eastern Las Vegas Valley," Mike Shoro, May 23, 2017