A Las Vegas woman has been arrested after police said she drove off a road and crashed into two women who were walking on the sidewalk. Ambulances rushed the pedestrians to University Medical Center with injuries the police described as serious.
After hitting the pedestrians, the 24-year-old driver knocked over a light pole and the car came to a stop only after hitting a tree, police said. Police arrested her shortly after the accident on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and narcotics.
Any traffic accident involving pedestrians like this is likely to result in serious injuries. Those who are injured in these accidents often face broken bones and other injuries that can keep them from working for weeks or months. Spinal and brain injuries can render pedestrian accident victims permanently disabled.
All these injuries can result in steep medical expenses, lost wages and other, less tangible expenses such as pain and suffering. When these injuries are the result of an accident caused by another driver’s negligence, the injured can seek compensation for damages through a personal injury lawsuit.
Negligence is a legal term similar to carelessness. Courts will find that a driver acted negligently when they find that he or she failed to use the same level of care that a reasonable person would under similar circumstances, resulting in injury to someone else. Driving while intoxicated is strong evidence to indicate indicated negligence.
Nevada residents who have been injured in a pedestrian accident or other type of traffic accident caused by a drunk driver or otherwise careless person can meet with an attorney with experience in personal injury law. A qualified attorney can help them understand how the law may apply to their case and counsel them on their legal options.
Source: Las Vegas Sun, “Woman arrested after crashing into pedestrians on Charleston,” Ana Ley, Jan. 24, 2014