Recent violent incidents cause devastating Nevada personal injuries, wrongful deaths
If the late summer and early fall were not harrowing enough months for the Silver State, a new raft of problems has beset our communities to ensure that the winter kicks off with appropriate gloom. Two recent incidents — one apparently a Nevada intentional injury case and the other a tragically preventable accident — drive home the point that life-changing incidents are sometimes just around the bend.
Northern Nevada residents are still mourning the loss of a local television news sports anchor who was killed over the weekend. While leaving the football stadium following a University of Nevada, Reno victory over Hawai’i, the sports anchor was reportedly struck by a vehicle in what is now being treated as a Nevada hit-and-run DUI accident. The circumstances could not have been more tragic — a few moments of distraction, facilitated by an irresponsible choice to drink and drive, has irrevocably taken a loving husband and father of three from a family and a beloved television personality from a community audience. It is never possible to put a price on such a loss, but Nevada wrongful death law is intended to give affected families a way to quantify their losses and gain compensation.
The other incident that has clouded headlines and left heads shaking is the apparently intentional Nevada shooting injury that ultimately claimed the victim’s life. Apparently two men were driving west into Reno in northern Nevada when they became angry with one another due to driving aggression. Both vehicles pulled off at a freeway exit and one man allegedly pulled out a gun and shot the other driver. Two weeks after the Halloween-night shooting, the victim has succumbed to his injuries and died. In a state with as strong of a hunting culture as Nevada’s and a generally pro-gun attitude, Nevadans are no strangers to Nevada firearms injuries. Nonetheless, these tragic incidents are most commonly related to irresponsible owners failing to keep guns out of the hands of children or of other phenomena such as Nevada product malfunction injuries. A criminal investigation is pending, and civil action is also a possibility.
Tragedies like these are unfortunately common occurrences in our society, even though most of us are far enough removed from these incidents to feel personally affected. If you or a loved one have been hurt in a Nevada personal injury accident, call us for a free consultation.