By Farhan Naqvi, Personal Injury Lawyer in Nevada
There’s a very simple reason why Metro Police and other law enforcement authorities place such a huge emphasis on catching people who are driving under the influence. It’s because alcohol and drugs muddle the judgment and retard the decision-making process of the people who use them. And when that happens to a person behind the wheel of a large vehicle, the consequences can be deadly.
This appeared to be the case just before noon yesterday in Las Vegas near the campus of the College of Southern Nevada-Charleston when an 82-year old man was killed in a motor vehicle accident. The man was a passenger in a 2001 Lincoln Town Car on West Charleston Boulevard which was trying to make a left turn onto South Jones Boulevard. But a 29-year old man in a 1995 GMC Suburban ran a red light while the Town Car was making the turn, and the SUV slammed into the passenger side of the car.
The elderly man was pronounced dead at the scene. The Town Car’s driver was taken to University Medical Center with critical injuries. The Suburban’s driver was arrested by Metro Police on charges of driving under the influence of drugs involving a death, as well as driving without a license and running a red light.
Not only is the suspect facing a jail sentence, but he may also become the defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the elderly man’s heirs. The injured driver of the Town Car could also file a personal injury lawsuit against the 29-year old.
o About the Editor: Farhan R. Naqvi is a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer who has experience representing victims injured in motorcycle accidents, car accidents, drunk driver crashes, auto pedestrian accidents, truck wrecks, slip and falls, taxi cab accidents, and bicycle crashes. He also has experience handling spine injury, productliability, underinsured/uninsured driver, and wrongful death cases. If you’ve been seriously hurt in an accident in Summerlin, North Las Vegas, Clark County, Henderson, Boulder City, Green Valley, or Pahrump, give Farhan a call at 702-553-1000 for a free, no-hassle consultation.