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Pedestrian Killed and Another Seriously Injured by Drunk Driver

A man was struck and killed Friday night while another man was injured in an apparent DUI accident. The Clark County coroner's office has identified the pedestrian who was hit by the suspected drunk driver.

According to police, Jacob Gernux, 42, and Eric Gernux, 38, were walking near the intersection of Craig Road and Rancho Drive when they were hit by 38-year-old Stacy Yavorsky who was driving a 2015 Hyundai Tuscon. The accident occurred shortly before 8:30 p.m.

When police arrived, Yavorsky was showing signs of impairment. She failed sobriety tests and was arrested and charged with DUI. Jacob was pronounced dead at the scene while Eric was transported to University Medical Center Trauma where he is reported to be suffering from serious injuries. Police concluded that the two men were crossing Rancho outside of a crosswalk when they were hit.

How Can Pedestrians Help Prevent Injury and Death From Vehicle Accidents?

Pedestrians, like drivers or cyclists, have a right to use roadways. However, there are a few steps you can take to better protect yourself when on foot:
  • Pedestrians should increase their visibility at night. This can be done by carrying a flashlight and/or by wearing retro-reflective clothing.
  • Pedestrians should cross the street at designated crosswalks or intersections when possible.
  • Stay on the sidewalk, if possible, as it is much safer than the roadway. If you are forced to walk on the road, always walk on the shoulder facing traffic.
Statistics show that 48 percent of traffic crashes that resulted in a pedestrian's death involved alcohol. In such cases, 14 percent of drivers had a blood-alcohol level greater than or equal to .08, the legal limit.

How Pedestrians File Personal Injury Suits

As a pedestrian, you have a right to use the roadway safely. Drivers should be traveling at an appropriate speed to avoid any obstacles as well as paying attention to see pedestrians in time to avoid a crash. If they fail to do so, you may have the right to collect compensation. This may include reimbursement for your medical bills, payment for future medical expenses related to the accident, compensation for your pain and suffering and more.

If you have been injured as a pedestrian by a drunk driver, seek legal counsel from the knowledgeable and professional attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas. We have extensive experience in aiding pedestrian victims who are seeking compensation for their damages, giving us the know-how to help you. Give us a call today and we can help you take your first step toward justice and compensation for your injuries.