Driving a motor vehicle is a skill that requires innumerable instantaneous calculations that over the years we learn to handle instinctively. We may not realize it, but we hone that skill over time to the point where we understand how much room and time we may have to make a turn, to get through an intersection or to pass another vehicle safely. These intricate calculations need to be correct, as they make the difference between arriving at a destination safely and suffering serious if not life-threatening injuries.
Part of those calculations involves making reasonable assumptions with regards to other motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. We need to be able to extend at least a modicum of trust that these other motorists will do the right thing and follow traffic laws, for if we don’t we will likely become too defensive behind the wheel and invite risks in some other way. Examples of assumptions that we make with regards to other motorists include:
- That driver will not cut me off
- That driver will not collide with my rear bumper
- That driver will stop for that red light
- That driver is not under the influence of alcohol or some other intoxicant
Unfortunately, many of these assumptions turn out to be incorrect and people are badly injured or worse as a result. Sadly, that is what police suspect occurred over the weekend when a 40-year-old man was badly injured by an alleged drunk driver in a crash that occurred at approximately 6 a.m. on Saturday morning. The accident occurred at the intersection of Desert Inn Road and Buffalo Drive, and a 25-year-old man ran a red light on Desert Inn Road before hitting the other driver’s vehicle. The younger man was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
These accidents have been dropping in frequency in Nevada for a few years now, but they remain extremely prevalent. According to the Nevada Department of Transportation, nearly 2,000 people are injured in car accidents where alcohol is recorded as a factor every year in the state, and another 75 are killed on an annual basis. These DUI accidents occur on every day of the week and at all hours of the day and night.
We would like to express our support for the man who was seriously injured in this alleged Las Vegas DUI accident and we hope that he is not only able to survive but to make a full recovery. We also hope that the police investigation and possible prosecution that results from this accident ultimately lead to a fair and a proper result for the alleged drunk driver.
People who are badly injured and family members of people who are killed in crashes caused by intoxicated drivers need to take steps to hold those responsible for this type of harm accountable. If this includes you or someone you love, you need to contact the Las Vegas accident lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson today to schedule a free initial consultation.