By now there is simply no excuse for anyone to say that they are unaware of the risks involved with getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol. Billions of dollars have been spent in awareness campaigns and on other efforts in hopes of getting through to people that they simply need to put their car keys away if they are going to be consuming any type of intoxicant. This does not even take into account all of the money that’s been spent on prosecuting people who were driving drunk or suing people who caused serious car accidents while they were impaired.
Unfortunately, a city such as Las Vegas is one where it appears that drinking and driving will always be a bit of a problem. Millions of people come here to visit every year from every corner of the globe, and obviously alcohol is part of the ‘experience’ of spending time in Las Vegas. Sadly, that norm is not limited to visitors, as locals are just as likely to make this terrible mistake as anyone else. Once again, it appears that police are going to have to investigate a driver for the presence of alcohol after a suspected Las Vegas DUI accident injured three people, one critically. A link to a story describing the accident can be found here.
According to the report, the accident occurred at approximately 1:40 a.m. on Saturday morning near the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Siren’s Cove Boulevard. A 40-year-old man was attempting to turn in his BMW when he allegedly failed to maintain control of his vehicle. He drove over a concrete median and crashed into a taxi cab that was stopped at a red light perpendicular to the direction of the BMW when it turned.
The three occupants of the taxi cab were transported to a nearby hospital after it was pushed back approximately 20 feet because of the force of impact. The taxi cab driver and one of the passengers suffered minor injuries, but a female passenger and native of Los Angeles suffered what were described as life-threatening injuries. The driver of the BMW allegedly failed a field sobriety test and he was arrested.
We’d like to express our thoughts and our support for the people who were injured, and we hope that the woman who was critically injured is able to survive. We also hope that the police are able to complete their investigation quickly and accurately. Approximately 30 percent of all fatal accidents in Nevada are recorded with alcohol as having been a factor, and this percentage has remained consistent for many years.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a crash that was caused by a drunk driver, you may have legal options aside from seeing that person prosecuted. Contact the Las Vegas DUI accident lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson to schedule a free initial consultation so that you can be made aware of those options.