Car Pedestrian Accident Leads to Death of Former Nurse
Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) August 15, 2012 - Reckless driving and DWI are to blame in an accident that killed one, injured another.
“A bizarre set of circumstances has led to the death of a former nurse,” said Mike Smith, an injury and accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. This was a chain reaction crash, caused by two drunk drivers, both senior citizens.
“According to the police report, the 68-year-old former nurse stopped to help a pedestrian she had grazed with her car. She got out of her vehicle to help him off the street. As she was doing that, a Chevy Cavalier driven by an 84-year-old man sped through the intersection, slamming into the nurse and the man she was trying to help. As the nurse was lying in the middle of the road, the second driver, a 74-year-old who was drunk behind the wheel of his pickup truck, ran her over,” Arkansas injury lawyer Smith explained.
Although both drivers did initially stop at the scene of the horrific accident, the second driver fled as emergency response crews began to arrive. The nurse and pedestrian were taken to the hospital, where the nurse died. The pedestrian survived.
Police charged both with DWI. The first driver was also charged with second-degree vehicular homicide and assault by auto. He was held on a $50,000 bail bond and ordered to have an interlock device installed, presuming he was able to raise the bond money. The second drunk driver was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident. His bond was set at $25,000, and he was also ordered to have an ignition interlock installed.
“While both drunk drivers did pay a penalty of some sort, it won’t bring back the woman, nor heal the seriously injured victims of their reckless driving. Will the nurse’s family file a wrongful death lawsuit? It’s likely they will. Will the injured pedestrian file a personal injury lawsuit? He likely will. Each of the victims is seeking to recover compensation for their injuries,” Smith remarked.
To take a personal injury lawsuit to court, there must be negligence involved. It is clear from this accident that two people were negligent to the extent that it was the direct cause of the pedestrian’s serious injuries and the nurse’s death.
“If you’ve been in an accident, it’s important to know what your legal rights are. You will have bills to pay, insurance companies to deal with and a great deal of stress and anxiety. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you deal with your case,” Smith suggested.
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