When a person or family goes on a vacation to relax and enjoy life and is killed by a drunk driver, it brings light to the words "wrongful death." Just such a tragic accident occurred in Las Vegas on September 5. A 24-year-old man driving a 1990 BMW ran a red light and crashed into a Grand Canyon Tours bus. The accident occurred around 7:05 a.m., according to reports. The tour bus flipped over, hitting a 2010 Ford truck before it burst into flames.
Two people were killed in the accident: the bus driver and a man visiting from Germany. Three others were fortunate enough to escape from the burning bus and were transported to University Medical Center. The driver of the BMW was also taken to the hospital. Only the driver of the Ford truck remained uninjured.
The German tourist who died in the bus fire was 34 years old. The bus driver, 53, also a fatality, was a long-time tour bus driver, according to relatives. A later update of the incident reported that the other three bus passengers -- a 30-year-old German woman and a couple from Cedar Rapids, Iowa -- were seriously injured. The driver of the BMW only suffered minor injuries.
Allegedly, the 24-year-old who ran the red light was intoxicated. Metro police had earlier received a 9-1-1 call from someone at a bar saying that the man was drunk and had driven off in his BMW. The man is now facing DUI charges, including three counts resulting in bodily harm and two counts resulting in death.
When fatal accidents like this happen, unfortunately, on top of the pain and suffering, there are usually other things families must deal with. Expenses is just one of them. There may be medical costs involved, funeral costs or other damages to be paid for. In addition, if the person killed was a breadwinner in the family, there may be loss of income to the family. Families may be able to recover compensation for these things, as well as pain and suffering, from the party or parties at fault.
Source: Las Vegas Sun, "Most victims identified in tour bus-car crash that killed two," Marvin Clemons, Sep. 06, 2015