A head-on collision on US-93 near Las Vegas killed two people and forced closure of the road in both directions, according to a recent report.
Around 8:30 am, authorities received a call about a crash between Wikieup and Wickenburg, south of Las Vegas, on US Highway 93. Officials stated that a white passenger vehicle was heading south on the highway when the driver crossed into the northbound lane, causing a head-on collision with a Toyota SUV. The accident killed both drivers, a man in the SUV and a woman in the other vehicle.
Wrongful Death in Nevada
The term “wrongful death” is defined by Nevada law as a death that comes about “by wrongful act, neglect or default.” If someone is killed in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by another driver, the family of the deceased victim may have legal avenues for seeking compensation for the loss of that loved one. Instead of an injured party seeking compensation for damages from the at-fault party, the family of the deceased seeks compensation on behalf of their loved one.
Nevada law only allows certain persons to file a wrongful death suit, including:
- the surviving spouse
- any surviving child
- a surviving parent or guardian
- the personal representative of a deceased spouse, child, parent, or guardian
- the personal representative of the deceased’s estate
Like personal injury damages, the damages sought in a wrongful death suit are expressed in financial terms. These damages are typically divided into two groups: losses that affect the deceased person’s estate and losses that affect the deceased person’s surviving family. Damages like these can include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills related to the deceased person’s treatment, from the moment of injury to the moment of death
- Loss of companionship
- Pain and suffering the family endures due to the loss of their loved one
- Pain and suffering that the deceased person endured before death
- The value of the lost wages and benefits that the deceased person would have earned
- Repair or replacement of any damaged property
Like all states, Nevada places a statute of limitations on wrongful death suits. This means that a wrongful death suit must be filed within a certain amount of time. The time period varies depending on several factors related to the case.
If you have lost a loved one in an accident, act now and speak with a personal injury attorney like those at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas. The professional and experienced team at Bernstein & Poisson have won numerous six-figure settlements for their clients in the Las Vegas area. Call today for a free consultation.