The 43-year-old driver of a delivery truck was killed after an SUV ran into the stopped truck near the Las Vegas strip. According to a news report in The Las Vegas Sun, the fatal motor vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane. Police say the delivery truck was stopped at an inside left turn lane on eastbound Flamingo Road when a 2009 GMC Yukon Denali that was westbound on Flamingo struck the delivery truck. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The 20-year-old male driver of the SUV suffered relatively minor injuries. Two other passengers in the SUV were transported to area hospitals with moderate to severe injuries. This accident marks the 51st traffic accident-related fatality in the Las Vegas Metro area in 2012.
In cases where a stopped or stalled vehicle is struck by another vehicle, a number of questions must be asked. Did the stalled vehicle have its hazard lights on? Why was the other vehicle unable to stop in time to avoid the collision? Was the driver of the striking vehicle under the influence or speeding at the time? Did driver fatigue play a part in the accident?
In such cases, the at-fault or negligent driver can be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death. Families of deceased car accident victims can seek compensation to cover damages including medical expenses, funeral costs, and lost future income and benefits. An experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer will be able to help victims and their families better understand their legal rights and options.
Driving in traffic can be a stressful and frustrating experience, but it’s important to prioritize safety in order to avoid accidents and ensure the well-being of yourself and other drivers. Here are some tips for driving safely in traffic:
Stay alert and focused
Driving requires your full attention, and this is especially true in heavy traffic. Stay focused on the road and avoid any distractions such as using your phone, eating, or applying makeup. Keep your eyes on the road and be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Keep a safe distance
One of the most important things to remember when driving in traffic is to maintain a safe following distance between you and the car in front of you. This will give you enough time to react if the car in front of you suddenly stops or swerves. A good rule of thumb is to stay at least one car length behind for every 10 mph of speed.
Use turn signals
Turn signals are an important tool for communicating your intentions to other drivers on the road. Always use your turn signals when changing lanes, turning, or merging. This will give other drivers time to adjust their speed and position accordingly.
Traffic can be frustrating, but it’s important to remain patient and avoid aggressive driving behaviors such as tailgating, honking, or weaving in and out of traffic. Remember that everyone is in the same situation, and getting angry or frustrated won’t make the traffic move any faster.
Check blind spots
When changing lanes or merging, always check your blind spots to ensure that there are no other vehicles or pedestrians in your path. Use your mirrors and physically turn your head to check for any blind spots.
Obey traffic laws
Follow all traffic laws and signs, including speed limits, stop signs, and traffic signals. These laws are in place for your safety and the safety of other drivers.
If possible, plan your route ahead of time to avoid congested areas or rush hour traffic. Use GPS or traffic apps to find alternate routes or avoid traffic hotspots.
Be aware of weather conditions
Weather can significantly impact traffic safety. Be aware of weather conditions and adjust your driving accordingly. Slow down and increase your following distance in rain or snow.
Keep your vehicle maintained
Regular vehicle maintenance is important for safe driving in any conditions. Make sure your brakes, tires, and lights are in good working condition.
Stay calm and focused
Finally, remember to stay calm and focused while driving in traffic. Take deep breaths and stay alert to your surroundings. If you feel overwhelmed, pull over to a safe area and take a break.
The knowledgeable Nevada personal injury lawyers at Shook & Stone have an excellent track record of helping families of deceased victims obtain fair compensation by way of wrongful death claims. To find out if you have a potential car accident wrongful death claim in Las Vegas, please contact us at 702-570-0000 for a free and comprehensive consultation.