Pedestrian Struck and Killed January 7th by Suspected DUI Driver
A pedestrian was tragically killed after being struck by a vehicle in Las Vegas, the Review-Journal reported. The fatal Las Vegas pedestrian accident occurred on January 7th at the intersection of East Windmill Lane and South Eastern Avenue, just before 7 PM. According to the news report, the crash involved a 2000 Mercury Sable, driven by a 36-year-old Las Vegas man. The pedestrian was taken to a hospital, where they later died of their injuries. The driver of the Mercury Sable was arrested after allegedly showing signs of impairment.
The Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner (CCOCME) has not released the identity of the victim. Local CBS affiliate 8 News Now reported that the victim was a 64-year-old woman. Our thoughts go out to the family and a friend of the victim. Losing a loved one unexpectedly is shocking, heartbreaking, and traumatic.
The July 7th fatal Las Vegas pedestrian accident was the sixth traffic-related fatality in 2021 to occur within the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department jurisdiction. Although the accident remains under investigation, news outlets are reporting impairment may have caused this accident.
Liability for Drunk Driving Accident
Driving under the influence of alcohol in Nevada is a crime. The CDC has estimated that one in three traffic deaths in the United States involves a drunk driver. Although the number of DUI fatalities has gone down due to mass DUI awareness campaigns, there is still a major problem with people getting behind the while impaired. According to MADD, the number of drunk driving crash deaths occurring each year has been cut in half. Despite this, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash every two minutes. For more DUI accident statistics, Mothers Against Drunk Driving website.
If the driver was indeed impaired by alcohol or drugs at the time of the collision, he may face criminal charges for drunk driving. Additionally, he may be liable for the victim’s wrongful death in a civil lawsuit. Damages available may include final medical expenses, leading up to the victim’s death, funeral and burial expenses, and loss of love and companionship.
Drunk driving crashes are always heartbreaking because they are preventable. Before you accept any compensation offered for injuries or death in a drunk driving crash, talk to a knowledgeable and experienced attorney. You may be entitled to far more compensation than is initially offered.
Speak to a Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have questions about your potential case, or would like to speak with an attorney to discuss your available options to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death claim, contact LV Personal Injury Lawyers to schedule a free phone or video consultation. We are here 24/7 to take your call and provide advice, resources, and support. Our initial consultation is always free and there are no legal fees unless we recover money for you.
Because you have a limited period of time to pursue a claim, do not delay in contacting a lawyer.