Earlier this month, a driver sped into a block wall in Las Vegas, killing the 23-year-old passenger. Currently police are investigating whether the driver should be charged with drunk driving. In addition, the victim's family may try to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver. If a civil court finds that the driver was negligent, Nevada personal injury law entitles the victim's family to receive monetary damages.
Sometimes the same unlawful act can bring about both criminal charges and civil charges under Nevada personal injury law. For example, an abusive spouse may face both a criminal charge for battery domestic violence as well as a civil battery lawsuit for the same act of punching his spouse. A criminal battery conviction carries various penalties including fines, community service, mandatory counseling, and possibly jail, whereas civil liability for battery carries monetary damages paid to the victim.