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Auto-pedestrian accident in Nevada kills one, injures another


Most people in Nevada who walk on the sidewalk assume that this is the safe and responsible thing to do. Sidewalks are meant for pedestrians, specifically, to separate areas where pedestrians can walk safely from areas where cars are driving. However, some drivers, whether they are drunk, distracted or for other reasons, might leave the roadway and drive onto the sidewalks, sometimes with catastrophic results.

In one incident, a motorist drove onto the sidewalk in the vicinity of the Hard Rock hotel-casino in Las Vegas, striking two pedestrians. According to police, the incident took place around 1:00 a.m. One of the victims, age 24, is in serious condition. Unfortunately, the other victim, age 51, passed away from blunt force injuries suffered in the auto-pedestrian accident.

The driver fled the scene of the crash, but later was stopped by police who had received a report of a reckless driver on Interstate 215 West. Police noted that the man seemed to be impaired, and he did not pass a field sobriety test. The police also took note that the man's vehicle was damaged, and that biological material often found when there is a pedestrian accident was found on the vehicle. The crash is still being investigated.

Unfortunately, in this car crash one person was seriously injured and another died. Preliminary reports seem to indicate that alcohol was a factor in the collision. All drivers are tasked with a duty of care -- they must drive in a safe manner given the circumstances. Intoxication is considered to be a breach of this duty. Not only could a drunk driver who causes a car accident be held criminally responsible, but they may also be held civilly liable through a personal injury lawsuit. To prevail in such a lawsuit, the plaintiff will need to prove by a preponderance of the evidence the elements of negligence: duty, breach, actual cause, proximate cause and damages. If they are able to do so, they may be compensated for their losses.

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