A severe accident in the Reno area left three people dead and at least one person seriously injured. Police are now reporting that drugs or alcohol may have played a role in the crash.
A victim of a drunk driving accident in Nevada may have to spend the rest of his or her life recovering from that one split second in which the victim's car was hit by a vehicle driven by an intoxicated driver. They may, for instance, face paralysis because of a spinal cord injury or permanent brain damage after a head injury. In some cases, the victims may include the family members of a person who lost his or her life in a crash caused by a drunk driver.
As this blog has discussed before, the victim of a car accident or other motor vehicle accident may be able to pursue compensation for their out-of-pocket losses as well as their non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. Ordinarily, it is appropriate for someone who caused an accident through human carelessness or oversight to pay for these damages. Sometimes, though, this just simply is not enough, because it does not reinforce how serious the misconduct of the person who caused the accident was.
While drunk driving has been getting the attention of law enforcement and the press for years, it may perhaps be time to turn equal attention to the problem with drugged driving. Driving under the influence of a controlled substance or even one's own validly prescribed prescription medication can be just as dangerous as driving after having one too many drinks.
The average Reno, Nevada, driver may wonder how on earth another driver can so turned around on the freeway so as to drive the wrong way. Unfortunately, though, wrong way accident on Interstate 80 and on other major Nevada highways happen more often than one might think.
A drunk driver who killed a couple who had just announced their plans to get married will spend up to 40 years in prison for his role in a deadly accident in the Reno area. The driver refused to plead guilty to the charges against him and instead took his case to a trial, where a jury convicted him. Reports indicate that the man will be able to get out of prison on parole after 14 years, but, of course, he will need to get approved for that privilege.
Some Reno, Nevada, residents may think of drunk driving accidents as kind of a "slam dunk" legal case. After all, everyone knows that driving while intoxicated is irresponsible and dangerous, so it should be easy to prove a drunk driver who causes a car accident is negligent and should pay his victims.
Particularly with the growing tolerance for marijuana use throughout the United States, but especially in western states near Nevada, Reno residents are going to encounter more and more people on the road who have the drug in their system.
The end of the year is almost here and at this time many Reno residents may be in between celebrations with family members and cherished friends. They may be wrapping up holiday get-togethers with co-workers and employers, traveling to see loved ones in distant places and preparing to ring in the New Year with the special people in their lives.
Drunk drivers are more than a nuisance to Reno residents: they are a threat to the health and safety of people within the community who must take to local roads and highways in order to get where they need to go. Drunk drivers cause injuries, financial losses and fatalities. Their reckless actions can alter the course of their victims' lives as well as the lives of those who loved victims who succumbed to their accident-related injuries.