According to the Las Vegas police, a driver may be facing criminal charges after a five-vehicle crash left one woman dead and several others injured. The crash occurred around 8:00 a.m. near McCarran International Airport.
Investigators concluded that a 2011 Honda Pilot rear-ended a 2003 Nissan Altima that was traveling east on Sunset. The impact of the collision caused the Nissan to hit a traffic signal pole and the Honda Pilot to overturn and hit three other cars. Elaine Robinson, 39, the driver of the Nissan, was pronounced dead at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Another person involved in the crash suffered minor injuries. According to police, the driver of the Honda Pilot remained at the scene and did not show signs of impairment.
The Dangers of Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is defined as any activity that diverts a driver’s attention from the primary task of driving. This includes activities like:
- Eating and drinking
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Watching a video
- Using a navigation system
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
Statistics show that 3,154 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers in 2013. Another 424,000 people were injured in crashes caused by distracted drivers the same year. Actions like reaching for a phone, dialing and texting increase the risk of being involved in a crash by three times. In fact, experts conclude that it takes an average of five seconds to text. This means that for five seconds a driver’s eyes are off the road. When traveling at 55mph it equates to enough time to cover the length of a football field, essentially blindfolded.
If you have been involved in a crash that was caused by a distracted driver, you may have grounds to seek compensation through a personal injury suit. Distracted driving is considered a negligent action. This means that the driver failed to act in a reasonable manner which placed others on the road in danger. If you are able to prove that the driver acted negligently, you can win your case and receive compensation.
To ensure you have a solid case, turn to a skilled personal injury attorney like those at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas. We can help you determine who was at fault in your accident, the negligent action they committed and how much compensation you are owed.