We are in the time of year when people are thinking mostly about positive, happy things as they begin to spend time with their families and friends. No one ever wants to hear about tragedy at any point on the calendar, but this is especially so right now. Sadly, one family has had tragedy forced upon them as they were told that a loved one was killed in a Las Vegas hit-and-run accident while she was out walking. Police have not identified the victim and no announcement has been made regarding whether or not the driver has been apprehended.
According to a report that can be found here, an unidentified middle-aged woman was walking in a westbound direction in the crosswalk at the intersection of Nellis Boulevard and Cedar Avenue. As she did so, she was allegedly struck by the driver of what was described as a small white vehicle that was moving in a northbound direction at the intersection. A link to a photo of the intersection can be found here. Police are continuing with their investigation.
First and foremost, we’d like to offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the woman who was killed in this crash. We hope that the police are able to complete their investigation and find the driver involved in this incident very soon. We also hope that the family of the woman who was killed is somehow able to come together and work through what is certainly an incredible amount of sudden grief and sorrow.
According to the Nevada Department of Transportation, approximately 600 hit-and-run accidents occur across the state every year, and these crashes lead to hundreds of injuries and to several deaths. On a national level, hit-and-run fatalities are on the rise, as deaths attributed to this cause have risen by a factor of nearly 14 percent between 2009 and 2011. This took place while traffic fatalities overall dropped by 4.5 percent during the same timeframe. A link to a breakdown of these numbers can be found here.
If or when the driver involved in this crash is found, he or she will most likely face serious criminal charges. While that is certainly one outlet for justice for the family who lost a loved one, it is not the only potential legal option for people who lose family members in hit-and-run crashes. Those who find themselves forced into this position can also look into the possibility of filing a Nevada wrongful death lawsuit against drivers who cause these accidents. Successful lawsuits can bring about damages awards that provide some level of compensation to those families that will need it.
If you or someone you love has been injured or worse in a hit-and-run accident, you should not give up hope that you will have an opportunity to obtain your own justice. Instead, contact the Las Vegas accident lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson today to schedule a free initial consultation.