The husband of Clark County Commissioner was killed in a head-on collision near Mount Charleston, according to recent reports. Gary Gray, 69, husband of Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, was airlifted from the scene after his Ford Ranger collided head-on with a Jeep Wrangler on Kyle Canyon Road. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. The 50-year-old man driving the jeep was also taken to the hospital and was said to be in stable condition.
Head-On Collisions The Most Deadly Type
Head-on collisions represent a very small fraction of overall crashes but a very high percentage of fatal crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, although head-on crashes accounted for less than five percent of all traffic accidents, they caused nearly 11 percent of all traffic fatalities. The only type of crash that caused more deaths was the “angle” crash, many of which are actually a form of head-on collision.
A head-on collision is usually defined as a front impact in a more or less straight line with another vehicle. However, some angle crashes, defined as crashes in which the two vehicles collide at some measureable angle, can have the same effect as a head-on crash. For example, if the front end of two vehicles collide at a 30-degree angle near the front passenger side, the passenger may experience the same effects as if a head-on crash had occurred, although the driver may escape more serious injury.
Ultimately, any head-on crash can result in serious trauma for both car’s occupants.
Fault In A Head-On Crash
In most head-on accidents, one driver is determined to be at fault. This means that the driver caused the accident through negligence.
However, not all crashes are the result of driver negligence. For example, if a driver was given medication that caused him or her to lose consciousness or become dizzy, the healthcare professional who gave the medication might be determined to be at fault in the accident rather than the driver. In some cases, vendors who sell alcohol to minors or obviously intoxicated patrons have been held responsible for DUI crashes.
Determining the fault in a head-on crash can be difficult. Therefore, relying on a personal injury attorney to help you makes sense. Contact the experienced attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas today for a free consultation about your case.