Technology has allowed us to advance society in a number of ways over the years, and that includes our ability to reconstruct a car accident scene so that law enforcement can figure out what happened. However, there are still crashes that occur that lead to serious questions, and sadly that appears to be the case with a horrific accident that took place on Wednesday. What is known is that two people were killed in this accident and that the driver of the other vehicle involved has been arrested. Police suspect that the arrested driver may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident.
According to several reports, including one that can be found here, two vehicles – a pickup truck and a Mercedes sedan – collided somehow along Desert Inn Road. As a result of the collision, the pickup truck was sent flying over a fence that was next to the road and it ultimately crashed into a palm tree. The cab of the pickup truck was crushed, and the 31-year-old male driver and his 21-year-old female passenger were both killed. The Mercedes became disabled as a result of the crash and the driver fled the scene on foot. However, he was soon found and arrested in a nearby hotel.
While it appears to be a relatively clear-cut case where an alleged drunk driver plowed into another motorist, police believe that both vehicles were traveling at a high rate of speed when the accident occurred. Therefore, the ongoing investigation could involve questions of whether or not the two drivers were racing at the time of the collision. This determination would obviously make a difference on several fronts.
Not only would it perhaps lead to additional charges for the alleged drunk driver who survived the crash, but it could also change the potential liability question if the family of the passenger who was killed decides to evaluate the possibility of filing of a Nevada wrongful death lawsuit. If the driver of the pickup truck was racing at the time, it could lead to his estate being included in such a lawsuit depending on the specific circumstances that are present.
We’d like to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the people who were killed in this crash and we hope that the investigation leads to a fast and an accurate result. Every year, more than 2,000 car accidents occur in Clark County that involve alcohol, and these crashes lead to more than 1,500 injuries and to dozens of fatalities. Statewide, the numbers are obviously higher, but the majority of alcohol-related car accidents in Nevada occur in or near Las Vegas.
If you have lost someone you love in a crash caused by a drunk driver, you need to take action as well. Contact the Las Vegas wrongful death lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson today to schedule a free initial consultation.