Las Vegas, NV- A head-on collision in Las Vegas which involved a taxi and tractor-trailer left five people seriously injured last week. Now the truck driver is legal trouble after being charged with DUI.
The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that the accident occurred Wednesday, May 27th on Dean Martin Drive around 9 p.m. According to reports the driver of tractor-trailer was in the southbound lanes when he entered a northbound two-way turn lane and headed in northbound driving lanes.
The taxi driver saw the tractor-trailer and tried to avoid the collision but was unsuccessful, according to the Review Journal.
The semi driver who was later identified as 44-year-old Bernard Tropp, fled the scene on foot but was later apprehended. He has been charged with driving under the influence.
Four passengers in the cab, all young tourists from Calgary, Canada, and the cab driver suffered non-life threatening injuries that were moderate to serious.
Drunken driving is hazardous and leads to thousands of unnecessary deaths in the U.S. every year. The majority of those fatal drunken driving accidents are caused by drivers of passenger vehicle motorists, but there are those rare occasions when a commercial truck driver is intoxicated behind the wheel.
Given the size and weight of commercial trucks, these large vehicles can cause a great deal of harm to person and property. For that reason, truck drivers can be charged with a DUI if their blood alcohol concentration is .04 or above and could lose their commercial driver’s license temporarily or permanently and may face criminal conviction. Additionally, an intoxicated truck driver is also liable for any injuries or deaths that result from their reckless actions.
Victims of an intoxicated truck driver are encourage to speak with a Las Vegas truck accident attorney to discuss the details of their collision and determine the best way to approach their case. Truck accident victims may be eligible for compensation for their medical costs, rehabilitation and emotional distress. If the truck accident was fatal, the victims who lost a loved one may be able to recover compensation for their loss of companionship and loss of financial support.
A truck accident is quite different than an auto accident since they often entail more than one at-fault party. In some cases, the company a driver works for can be considered a liable party. Determining who must take financial responsibility for a major truck accident can be difficult for the victims unless they turn to a truck accident attorney to investigate the cause of the accident. By holding all the relevant parties accountable, truck accident victims will be more likely to get a generous settlement for their pain and suffering.
If you have been in commercial truck crash in Nevada, let USAttorneys connect you with a truck accident attorney near your location. They will begin working on your case so that you and your loved ones get a settlement that reflects the nature of your injuries and your mental anguish.