By Farhan Naqvi, Personal Injury Lawyer in Las Vegas
An auto-pedestrian accident occurred in east Las Vegas recently on Nellis Boulevard at Desert Inn Road. An unidentified 29-year old man was struck by a car as he was crossing Nellis, sustaining serious injuries which required hospitalization.
According to police, the pedestrian was not in a marked crosswalk at the time of the auto-pedestrian accident. Since that is technically against the law, the pedestrian probably bears some responsibility for the incident.
However, the driver of the 1996 Honda Civic that struck the man fled the scene of the accident on foot (along with another passenger). Police determined that the Civic was stolen, and the driver is still at large.
Since the Civic’s driver is guilty of a hit-and-run accident and was also driving a stolen vehicle (both of which are violations of the penal code), a jury hearing a personal injury lawsuit would quite likely assign a portion of the blame for the auto-pedestrian accident to him or her – even though those two factors may not have had a direct bearing on the cause of the accident.
This illustrates the hard truth of an auto accident lawsuit: a person’s behavior, even though it may not relate directly to the cause of the incident, very often has an effect on the outcome of the case.
About the Editor: Farhan R. Naqvi is a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer who has experience representing victims injured in car accidents, drunk driver crashes, truck wrecks, slip and falls, taxi cab accidents, and bicycle crashes. He also has experience handling spine injury, product liability, underinsured/uninsured driver, and wrongful death cases. If you’ve been seriously hurt in an accident in Summerlin, North Las Vegas, Clark County, Henderson, Boulder City, Green Valley, or Pahrump, give Farhan a call at 702-553-1000 for a free, no-hassle consultation.