These days, getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle comes with great responsibility and requires attention at all times. Driving is dangerous on today’s crowded Nevada roadways, but unfortunately, having a license is a privilege that is far too often taken for granted. It’s common knowledge that driving under the influence of alcohol is reckless yet people still choose to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Tragically, drunk driving accidents are more likely to be fatal.
A recent head-on crash in Winnemucca that killed one person may have been caused by drunk driving. The accident happened on U.S. 95 during the overnight hours. According to reports, the driver of a southbound pickup truck crossed the centerline of the highway and collided head-on with a northbound sedan.
Reportedly, the pickup truck overturned and came to rest on its roof, ejecting the driver. He was injured and rushed to a local hospital for treatment. Tragically, authorities said the driver of the sedan died at the scene of the crash. According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash.
Every year, thousands of people across the country are injured or killed as a result of drunk driving. Despite law enforcement efforts and public awareness campaigns, driving under the influence of alcohol continues to be a major problem in Nevada. Families who have lost loved ones due to negligence in drunk driving accidents could benefit from discussions with an experienced and knowledgeable legal representative. A successful lawsuit could result in a substantial monetary award to help families recoup financial losses and pay for end-of-life expenses.