A 92-year-old victim of a two-vehicle collision in Henderson died four days after the crash, according to city officials.
The crash occurred on Lake Mead Parkway near Atlantic Avenue. The woman was riding as a passenger in a vehicle when a second vehicle ran head-on into the right side of the car. The 92-year-old was transported to Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. At the time, her injuries appeared to be non-life-threatening. The female driver of the other vehicle was also transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police do not believe drugs or alcohol influenced the crash. However, the police have now charged the woman cited in the accident with vehicular manslaughter.
Danger Of Improper Driving
Automobile accidents are responsible for thousands of deaths every year. According to one source, there were more than 35,000 traffic-related fatalities and 3.7 million crashes in the United States in 2013. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1,153 people are hurt in automobile accidents every day; this translates to almost half a million injuries every year. Some of the reasons for motor vehicle accidents are:
- A driver taking his or her eyes off the road
- A driver’s hands slipping off the steering wheel
- A driver allowing himself or herself to daydream or otherwise be distracted
- A driver talking or texting on a cellphone
Nevada takes reckless driving seriously, seeking to protect victims and punish offenders. A motorist may face criminal charges if he or she is cited for a vehicle accident resulting in another person’s death or serious injury. Penalties can range from fines to loss of driver’s license to imprisonment. Those found guilty of causing a fatal automobile crash may also face civil action from a victim’s surviving family members.
I Lost My Spouse Or Parent In A Traffic Accident. Can I File A Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim is based on the perceived value of the life of someone who has been killed through negligent actions. Family members may sue for loss of income, pain and suffering, funeral costs and other losses related to the death of a loved one. If you have lost a family member due to a negligent driver, it is important that you speak with a personal injury attorney immediately.
Contact the attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas for compassionate and professional representation in your wrongful death case.