An accident on State Route 168, also known as the Glendale/Moapa Road, has left one man dead and another under arrest for DUI.
The Nevada Highway Patrol reports that Vincent Bushhead, 26, was driving his 1992 BMW coupe eastbound on the road when he over-corrected, causing the car to roll once and hit an embankment, landing on its wheels. David Lee, 35, was ejected from the car and was pronounced dead at the scene. Bushhead and another 19-year-old passenger were taken to University Medical Center with undisclosed injuries.
Bushhead has been booked at the Clark County Jail on multiple charges, including failure to drive on the right side of the road and a DUI resulting in a death. Lee was not wearing a seatbelt.
DUI Crash Resulting in a Death in Nevada
Nevada has a range of punishments for those who break DUI laws. If a driver is pulled over for a DUI, he or she will likely face only misdemeanor charges. However, if a driver causes an accident that injures or kills someone, the driver can face felony charges. In Nevada, if an intoxicated or high driver “proximately causes the death of, or substantial bodily harm to, another person,” with a BAC of .08 or higher, that person will face felony charges. The penalties for such a crime range from 2 to 20 years in state prison, large fines, the loss of a driver’s license and the mandatory use of a Nevada ignition interlock device when driving.
DUI Resulting in Injury or Death and Personal Injury
The above penalties are the law’s way of seeing justice served at the criminal level. However, the law also allows the victims or their families to pursue justice through the civil courts. When an individual acts negligently, such as drinking and driving, and that person injures or kills someone, the driver has acted in a negligent way. When pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death suit, proving negligence is key.
If you have found yourself in a situation in which you have been injured by a negligent driver or have lost a loved one due to someone else’s mistake, the law allows you to file a personal injury or wrongful death suit to seek compensation for damages. The personal injury lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas have extensive experience aiding clients in their pursuit of justice and compensation for the damages they have received. When you are considering seeking compensation for your damages, be sure to speak with a personal injury lawyer at Bernstein & Poisson to see what options are available to you.