One woman is dead and six others injured after a five-vehicle pileup in Las Vegas, according to recent reports. The crash took place at the intersection of Sahara Avenue and Fremont Street when Lilianet Miguez-Rodriguez, 32, the driver of a Honda Civic traveling south on Fremont, ran a red light. She was hit by a Toyota Camry traveling west on Sahara, and then smashed into a Ford Explorer. The Explorer spun out of control and crashed into a scooter carrying two women. The Explorer also hit a Volkswagen Jetta.
Both women were thrown from the scooter and the driver, whose name has been withheld, was pronounced dead after being taken to a local hospital. The scooter passenger, Connie Contreras, 39, was hospitalized in serious condition. Five others involved in the crash were treated and released.
Police do not believe impairment was a factor and have not made any arrests in the case, but the investigation into the circumstances continue.
Las Vegas Deaths May Be Lower Than Last Year’s Records
So far, 2014 has proven to be less deadly in several categories of traffic accidents than 2013. As of November 25, Las Vegas Metro Police Department reports that there have been 50 percent fewer bicycle-related traffic deaths so far this year than last year, 32 percent fewer driver deaths, 29 percent fewer motorcycle deaths, 25 percent fewer pedestrian deaths and 22 percent fewer overall injuries. The only category that has increased over 2013 so far this year is in passenger deaths, which have increased by 20 percent. DUI arrests are also much lower so far this year, with approximately 4,000 arrests currently compared with more than 5,000 in 2013.
While the record reflects fewer deaths and injuries this year, it is important to remember that with a relatively small set of numbers, large changes can be misleading. For example, only two pedestrians were killed in Las Vegas in 2013, as opposed to one so far in 2014. This means a 50 percent decrease in pedestrian deaths, but this decrease is only by one fatality.
What Should I Do If I Am Injured In An Accident?
If you have been injured in an accident, it is very important to protect your rights. The personal injury attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas may be able to help you recover damages to pay for your expenses. Call them today for a free consultation.