Most people in Las Vegas understand that many different liability claims may arise from an accident involving three or more cars. Many of these same individuals would be surprised to learn that even a two-car crash can often require extensive forensic and legal analysis before bringing a claim for damages from personal injuries can be considered.

A recent accident in the West Las Vegas Valley offers a useful example. A Toyota van was turning left to enter northbound West Flamingo Drive when it was struck by a southbound Jeep on Flamingo. Both vehicles rolled over. The driver of the Jeep was hospitalized with minor injuries, but the driver of the Toyota died at the scene. Police said that the Jeep was speeding, but no other information about the cause of the accident has been released.

A quick review of the facts might indicate that the driver of the Jeep was negligent for violating the speed limit. Further review might show that the seventeen-year-old driver of the Jeep lacked a valid driver’s license or was intoxicated. Such a review might also show that the driver of the Toyota was intoxicated or suffering from a medical condition that impaired his driving abilities. Police have not released any information about traffic controls at the scene of the accident, and neither driver has been charged for violating a stop sign or traffic light. No forensic information has been released about the length of skid marks, if any.

Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in a traffic accident may wish to consult an experienced auto accident attorney for advice on whether a claim for damages can be made. A knowledgeable lawyer can help in finding answers to the questions posed in the previous paragraph. Moreover, a capable accident attorney can provide advice on the kinds of claims that can be made and the facts and law that will govern the case. A lawyer who frequently handles such cases can also provide an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering or loss of companionship.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal, “1 person dead, 1 hurt in crash in western Las Vegas,” Blake Apgar, May 7, 2018