A woman was killed in a two-car crash in the northwest valley area of Las Vegas, according to recent reports. The unidentified 66-year-old female was pronounced dead at the scene after her Dodge Intrepid was struck at the intersection of Tropical and Jones by a Dodge Durango. The 40-year-old driver of the Durango suffered moderate injuries.
Metro police are investigating the crash to determine which driver failed to yield the right-of-way at the intersection.
Las Vegas Car Accidents
Through the end of March 2015, there have been 29 traffic-related fatalities in Las Vegas, six of which occurred in passenger vehicles. This is a large increase over the same time last year and represents a total higher than 2014’s entire death rate for the year. The largest increase in Las Vegas car accident deaths have been pedestrians. With 14 dead this year, pedestrian fatalities have already surpassed 2014’s total by 100 percent.
The top reasons for traffic fatalities this year have been:
- Pedestrian error, 35 percent
- Failure to yield right-of-way, 17 percent
- Failure to maintain lane, 14 percent
- Pending investigation, 14 percent
- Excessive speed, 10 percent
- Bicyclist error, 10 percent
Many people have died in car accidents so far this year, but many of the victim’s families do not realize that they may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the person or party responsible for their loved one’s death.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits—Who Is Responsible?
Nevada allows a wrongful death lawsuit to be filed when there is evidence that a person or entity negligently caused the death of another human being. According to Nevada law, those who can file a wrongful death suit include:
- Any personal representative of the deceased’s estate
- A surviving spouse or domestic partner
- Children of the deceased
- Parents of the deceased if there is no surviving spouse, domestic partner or child
Under Nevada law, those filing a wrongful death lawsuit must show that the defendant’s negligence was the proximate cause of the victim’s death. If this is established, the plaintiff may be entitled to compensation including payment of medical bills and funeral expenses, lost future income from the deceased, pain and suffering and loss of consortium.
If you believe that your loved one died due to someone else’s negligence, contact the injury attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson. We will help you establish your claim and may be able to help you recover compensation for your loss.