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07/23

Mother Nature Delivers a Dust Storm – Drivers Can Still Be Negligent

Posted by: Jack Bernstein

Dust_StormOne of the most random and surprising natural events, that can occur almost anywhere in the world, and will affect motorists in a negative way is dust storms.  These storms seem to come from nowhere, and many of them are not predicted because they tend to arise from a swath of wind that crosses paths with another.  While many dust storms are not necessarily destructive, they can make things extremely difficult for motorists who suddenly find themselves without the ability to see.  Clearly, that creates an extremely dangerous situation that usually requires immediate steps to be taken.

Unfortunately, that is apparently not what happened on Thursday of last week when a dust storm arose that ensnared several vehicles.  A four-car crash then took place and two people were seriously injured as a result.  Police are still looking into the situation to definitively identify the root cause or causes of the crash, but what should be known is that even this type of a natural event does not remove the possibility that someone could act in a negligent manner.

The story regarding the crash was reported by the Kingman Daily Miner, and the full text of the article can be seen here.  The accident occurred on Pierce Ferry Road and Greg’s Hideout in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.  According to police statements, the driver of a Ford pickup truck drove into the dust storm as it arose and soon crashed into the rear of another vehicle.  That initial collision soon enveloped two other vehicles before the incident was over.

None of the people who were involved in the crash were publicly identified, but police initially believe that the three vehicles in front of the Ford pickup truck had slowed down as a result of the dust storm and the driver of the Ford did not see them in time to do the same.  Two people suffered what were described as serious injuries and they were transported to a hospital for treatment.  The crash prompted police to make some recommendations for motorists in Nevada who encounter a dust storm.  Those recommendations include:

  • Pull off to the road as far to the right as possible.
  • Turn off the lights on the vehicle.
  • Take your foot off of the brake pad.

The thinking behind turning off the lights and removing your foot from the brake is to avoid having other motorists think that you’re still on the road.  This could lead them off the road and into your rear bumper.

It’s too early to know exactly what went wrong, but when the situation is such that a determination can be made, it’s possible that legal claims could be filed against the party or parties responsible for the crash.  A lack of visibility does not remove the possibility that someone could be at fault for injuries.  If you or someone you love has been harmed by a negligent driver, contact the Las Vegas accident lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson today to schedule a free initial consultation.

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