Two women died in what is suspected to be a DUI-related crash in the southeast valley, according to recent reports. The driver who is suspected of causing the collision has survived and is being charged with DUI.
According to police sources, the accident occurred on Boulder Highway near Russell Road. The car in which the victims were riding was making a u-turn when another vehicle whose driver appears to have been speeding struck them. The two women were pronounced dead after the collision.
The speeding vehicle flipped after striking the victims’ car, landing on its roof. The driver of that car survived and was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Police continue to investigate the incident.
DUI and Personal Injury Accidents
Depending on the day of the week and the time of day, the chances of a drunk driver being involved in any given crash can rise as high as 75 percent. While the average number of crashes involving drunk drivers hovers around 33 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rates of drunk driving are much higher on weekends and between midnight and 6:00 a.m.
In addition, the blood alcohol content of drivers is directly related to the likelihood of being involved in a crash, as well as the crash being fatal to one or more people. According to NHTSA figures, drivers with blood alcohol contents of more than .10 percent are 12 times as likely to kill someone as those with BACs between .08 and .09 percent. There is a sharp increase in serious injury and fatality when blood alcohol levels rise above .10 percent, with the highest levels at .15 percent and above.
The Cost of a DUI Crash
DUI crashes result in about $114 billion in costs for victims each year, including both monetary costs such as medical bills and property damage and loss of quality of life. The average alcohol-related fatality cost is $3.5 million, while the average cost of a survivor’s injury is estimated at around $100,000 per accident.
If you have been the victim of an alcohol-related accident, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas. Our attorneys may be able to help you recover compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of earning capacity and any other costs related to your accident. Call us today for a free consultation.