A woman involved in a Henderson car crash has died of her injuries a week after the accident took place according to reports. Myrna Centeno, 69, was traveling in a 2012 Nissan Rogue on St. Rose Parkway when the driver struck a 2006 BMW at the intersection with Eastern Avenue. The driver of the BMW was traveling west and turned left onto Eastern Avenue in front of the Nissan against the light.
The 70-year-old Nissan Driver and Centeno were both transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. However, Centeno soon took a turn for the worse and was transferred to Sunrise Trauma Center where she later died. The BMW driver, who did not appear to be using drugs or alcohol and who was not injured, was cited with failure to obey a red signal.
Left Turns Create Numerous Collisions
Failure to yield during a left turn has led to many accidents. In fact, left-turn accidents are among the most common causes of serious injury and death in car collisions. At intersections, about 22 percent of crashes are due to left turns, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In some cases, the drivers responsible for these crashes ran a red light. In others, the driver misjudges the gap between his or her vehicle and an oncoming vehicle. This is extremely common with motorcycles, whose smaller relative size makes them appear farther away and moving slower than they actually are.
Left-turn collisions often involve side impacts to one or the other of the vehicles. If the oncoming vehicle driver tries to slam on brakes, he or she may impact the passenger side of the turning vehicle. If the turning vehicle moves too quickly, the driver may hit the driver’s side of the oncoming vehicle. Either way, side impact crashes can cause serious damage because the doors of the vehicle are not usually as well-reinforced as the front or rear bumpers.
What Should I Do If I Am Injured In A Left-Turn Crash?
If you are the victim of a car accident involving a left-turning vehicle, it is very important to get the facts of the case documented quickly. Many drivers may attempt to convince the police that they had the right-of-way and it may turn into a “he said, she said” situation if you do not have proof such as witnesses to support your claim.
A personal injury attorney such as those a Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas may be able to help you prove your case and recover damages. Contact us today for more information.