A car crash reported to Las Vegas law enforcement resulted in injuries for the victims involved, according to news reports. The Nevada Highway Patrol (“NHP”) responded to the scene of the accident on the 215 Beltway at around 7am on February 24th. According to police reports, a 2008 Lexus ES 350 was traveling near the intersection of the 215 Beltway and Decatur Boulevard when a car collided with several others near the intersection. Authorities report that five people were harmed in the crash, two of them suffering critical injuries. All five crash victims were immediately transported to local area hospitals for further medical treatment. The crash remains under investigation at this time.
Nevada Car Accidents
According to the Nevada Review Journal (“NRJ”), the crash was caused by a reckless driver in the Lexus ES whom the NHP tried to stop for speeding just before the crash site. The driver ran through a red light and sped away from the trooper, who was on Warm Springs Road and Decatur Boulevard. Authorities later determined that the driver of the Lexus tried to pass another vehicle while going eastbound on Warm Springs Road near Arville Street shortly after speeding away from the trooper. The driver then crashed into the vehicle in front of her, as well as two other vehicles that were going westbound. The driver and four others were injured. Aside from speed, the driver’s choice to split lanes between a vehicle traveling in the same direction and an oncoming vehicle were the causes of the accident. Notably, the NHP trooper was not pursuing the Lexus at the time of the multi-vehicle collision.
Nevada Car Accidents
Each year more than 20,000 individuals across the state of Nevada suffer debilitating injuries as a result of car accidents. While there are many things a driver can proactively do before going out on the road to ensure the safety of themselves and their passengers, they cannot predict the actions of other drivers sharing Nevada’s streets and highways. The most common causes of car accidents in America include:
- Impaired drivers: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs — whether over the counter, prescription, or illegal — is extremely dangerous as it delays reaction times for impaired drivers;
- Distracted driving: Whether texting, talking on the phone, adjusting the radio, eating or drinking, or inputting information into a GPS, distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents;
- Failure to obey traffic signals or signs: Running red lights or stop signs, failing to yield the right of way, unsafe lane changes, or violating other traffic signals or signs can easily cause crashes;
- Driving beyond the speed limit: It is no surprise that speeding is a leading cause of car accidents that result in serious injuries or even death because the higher the speed, the more powerful the impact upon colliding;
- Poor weather conditions: This includes rain, flooding, snow, sleet, ice, fog, and other natural conditions that make it more difficult to maneuver a vehicle on the road;
- Poor road maintenance: Potholes, badly deteriorating roads, broken or weak barriers, and even poor lighting are all factors that can increase the risk of a dangerous or deadly car accident.
Nevada Car Accident Lawyers
H&P Law’s skilled personal injury attorneys have years of experience protecting the legal rights of the injury as well as families who have lost loved ones. Contact our Las Vegas or Henderson offices today to speak with one of our Nevada personal injury attorneys and learn how our legal team can help fight for the compensation you deserve.