Las Vegas is a city known for having a fun, relaxing atmosphere and a thriving entertainment industry. While this is certainly great in many ways, some people can take this party attitude too far by choosing to drink and drive. When a car accident results from these poor decisions, other people involved in the crash may suffer serious injuries or even death. If a fatality results from a drunk driving collision, the family members of the deceased person may wish to pursue civil litigation against the intoxicated driver.

A 38-year-old Las Vegas man was killed when he was struck by a drunk driver. He was declared dead while he was being transported to a hospital for treatment of his injuries. The man had parked his vehicle, a Ford Expedition, on the shoulder of U.S. 95 and was repairing a flat tire when an intoxicated 22-year-old driver collided with both the Expedition and the man.

Nevada Highway Patrol has arrested the driver and charged him with driving under the influence. Reports do not indicate whether the deceased man’s family has initiated any civil litigation suits.

Civil litigation suits for wrongful deaths can result from a number of situations in which a person or company behaved negligently. When people suffer a personal injury or are killed because of negligent drunk driving, premises liability or unsafe construction practices, they or their family members may have the right to sue for compensation. Those who believe they may have such a claim may find it helpful to speak with an attorney to better understand their legal options.

Source: Las Vegas Sun, “Man charged with DUI in fatal U.S. 95 crash,” Bethany Barnes, Mar. 18, 2014