The landmark Las Vegas welcome sign was the site of a critical rear-end crash recently when a driver hit a truck in a construction area, according to reports. Russell Slouffman, Jr., 21, was driving north on Las Vegas Boulevard when he struck the rear of a flatbed truck that was carrying a directional warning signal in order to divert traffic around a construction crew. The crew was working on pedestrian fencing near the Las Vegas welcome sign.
Slouffman suffered critical injuries, while the driver of the truck suffered moderate injuries. Both were transported to UMC. An investigation into the accident continues.
The Major Causes of Rear-End Crashes
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about one-third of all vehicle crashes are rear-end collisions, making them the most common type of vehicle accident. NHTSA data shows that distraction from the task of driving is the underlying cause of the majority of rear-end crashes, resulting in substantially longer reaction times than for drivers who are focused on the road ahead. In other words, when a vehicle stops suddenly, drivers are far more likely to be unable to stop in time if they are distracted.
- Talking or texting on a cell phone. The number one distraction today is handheld device use. Whether the driver talking on a phone, texting, checking email or trying to dial a call, taking his or her eyes from the road for any amount of time can quickly result in a serious crash.
- Talking with passengers in the vehicle. While talking with passengers in the vehicle is not as distracting as cell phone use, it can still take the driver’s attention off the road. This is especially true if the driver is arguing or engaged in “horseplay” with passengers.
- Eating, drinking or smoking. Many people do not think of eating, drinking or smoking as distractions but they can cause serious accidents by taking the driver’s attention away from the road.
- Watching scenery or focusing attention on something outside the car. When attention is focused outside the vehicle, it is easy to lose control and rear-end another car.
If you have been the victim of a rear-end crash, you may have suffered serious injury such as whiplash or other physical trauma. Contact the attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas for help. Our experienced team may be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries.