Two women, a mother and daughter, were killed in a two-car collision in Las Vegas recently, according to reports. The former Hawaii residents, Allie and Sheryl Uyematsu, were killed when another driver, who was speeding, lost control and crashed into their car. The other driver was also killed.
In another crash around the same time, four people died after a speeding car veered into oncoming traffic. All three people in one vehicle died at the scene while the driver of the speeding car died later at the hospital. The victims were described only as a 50-year-old man, a 56-year-old woman, a 26-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man who was the driver of the car that crashed into the other vehicle.
Car Crashes Lead to Wrongful Death
While the majority of car accidents do not involve fatalities, around 40,000 people die each year in crashes across the United States. That equates to nearly 110 per day or a person every 15 minutes. In Las Vegas last year, 93 people died in traffic accidents. This was actually a slight decrease from 2013, when 114 people died, and 2012, when there were 109 fatalities on Vegas streets.
Wrongful death is the term applied to a fatality that results from someone else’s negligence. In Nevada, certain people have the right to bring a wrongful death suit against someone who has caused the death of a loved one. In most cases, wrongful death lawsuits are brought by spouses, parents or children of the deceased. However, in some cases others have the right to file suit.
Wrongful death cases hinge on showing that the person who caused the death of the loved one was negligent. It is not necessary to show that the person intended to kill the victim, as this is not a criminal matter. Intent has little to do with being liable for damages. If the person who caused the death should have known that his or her actions were dangerous and could lead to tragic results, the family may be able to recover damages.
If you have lost someone due to the negligence of another person, the pain can be overwhelming and may cause you to lose hope of ever holding the negligent party accountable. Instead of trying to shoulder this burden alone, contact a wrongful death attorney like those at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas. With years of experience, our attorneys can help you recover compensation for your loss.