As was reported by News Now in Las Vegas, four people were killed and several more were seriously injured while they waited at a bus stop this morning (the full article is available here, http://www.8newsnow.com/story/19533738/breaking-news-serious-accident-near-spring-mtn-decatur). Initial reports indicate that the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the vehicle and slammed into the bus stop where several people were waiting. Law enforcement reported that the driver of the vehicle was injured but is expected to survive. Initial reports also indicate that the driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among Americans aged 5-34. Last year over 2.3 million Americans were treated in emergency rooms as a result of injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents. The economic impact of these accidents is estimated to be $70 billion for the year 2005 alone (the CDC article is available here, http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/). One in three drivers involved in a motor vehicle accident were under the influence of alcohol. In 2009, alcohol related accidents were responsible for nearly 11,000 deaths in the United States.
According to the University of Nevada School of Community Health Services, Nevada's motor vehicle crash rate is among the highest in the nation. In Nevada alcohol was related in 46% of all motor vehicle deaths (the full Nevada study is available here, http://health.nv.gov/PDFs/InjuryInNevada.pdf). Many Nevada residents who are injured as a result of drunk drivers are often left uncompensated for their injuries. Others who have lost a loved one as a result of a drunk driver never receive compensation for the loss through a wrongful death claim.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a drunk driver, or if your loved one has been killed as the result of a drunk driver, please contact one of the attorneys at Connor & Connor Pllc. as soon as possible for a consultation. You may contact the attorneys at firstname.lastname@example.org, (702) 749-5992 or visit www.connorpllc.com. You may also look the attorneys up on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/ConnorConnorPllc.