A 19-year-old female passenger was killed when a driver crashed into a wall and a power pole after losing control of his vehicle, according to recent reports. Tonnisha Thomas was riding in a car when the driver lost control around the intersection of Vegas Valley Drive and Tahoe Drive, sliding into the eastbound lanes of traffic and careening off a wall before hitting a power pole. The driver suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash.
The passenger was killed in the crash. The driver suffered minor injuries. Investigators believe speed was a factor.
Speed and Deadly Crashes: The Real Link
Many people believe that speed causes crashes, but the truth is actually somewhat more complicated. While speed can definitely contribute to a driver’s loss of control, what actually makes high-speed crashes so deadly is the multiplication of force that occurs at higher accelerations. In other words, while speed does not directly cause crashes, the driver’s inability to avoid danger and the tremendous impact that occurs if a crash does happen make high-speed crashes much more likely to result in death or serious injury.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speed is a contributing factor in about one-third of all fatal crashes. In 2011, there were 9,944 fatalities as a result of drivers traveling too fast for conditions. However, speed-related fatalities have been steadily declining for the past decade. In 2002, there were 13,799 deaths attributed to speeding. Better enforcement and stricter speeding penalties may have played a role in this decline, although the average of speed-related deaths in comparison to other fatalities has remained relatively steady.
What Should I Do If I Am The Victim of a Speeding Accident?
Victims of car accidents may have medical bills, lost wages and other costs associated with their accident. Those who have lost a loved one in a car accident may have the right to file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver or his or her insurance company.
If you have been the victim of an accident in which speed is involved, contact the lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas. Our experienced team will help you understand your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve from the person responsible for your accident. We handle all types of personal injury cases including car accident cases and wrongful death claims. Contact us today for a free consultation.