If it seems as though wrong-way crashes on highways are happening more often than they did in years past, it’s probably because they are – the problem has become prevalent enough that last year, the National Transportation Safety Board completed a study of these crashes to find out more about what was happening. They found that approximately once every day, one person is killed in the United States because of a crash caused by a wrong-way driver. The study also found that of those fatal wrong-way crashes, 59 percent of them involved a driver whose blood alcohol content was at a minimum of twice the legal limit.
In short, this issue is a very serious problem, and tragically that problem reared its ugly head once again when three people were killed and four people were seriously injured in a wrong-way Las Vegas car accident over the weekend. According to several reports, an unidentified 20-year-old man was driving an Acura in a northbound direction in a southbound lane of Interstate 15 near the Las Vegas Speedway at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. As he was doing so, he collided in a head-on fashion with the driver of a GMC SUV. Both drivers were killed immediately as was a passenger in the SUV. Four others were critically injured and rushed to a nearby hospital. None of the names of those involved were released.
It should be noted that as of now, law enforcement has not indicated whether or not the wrong-way driver was under the influence of alcohol or any other intoxicant. However, police are continuing to investigate the situation and they will release the names of those involved in the crash after they have informed the family members. To this point, rescue personnel and law enforcement have been trying to piece together what led the Acura driver to start moving in the wrong direction.
Sadly, this crash will only add to the statistics regarding Nevada car accidents aside from the addition that will be made to the data regarding wrong-way crashes across the United States. Every year, more than 25,000 people are injured in these collisions and approximately 300 people are killed in the state, and these numbers have remained largely consistent in recent years despite many different efforts to bring them down.
If any lawsuits are filed in response to this crash, they will likely need to be filed against the estate of the driver who was killed, and the only glimmer of hope that remains aside from that which involves the people who were injured surviving is that the wrong-way driver had insurance coverage. That would at least allow the people who have suffered to pursue some sort of remedy that will allow the injured and the family members of those killed to recover compensation of some sort.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a negligent driver, contact the Las Vegas accident lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson today to schedule a free initial consultation.