Eight people were hospitalized following a car accident involving three vehicles colliding at an intersection. According to a KTNV news report, the car accident occurred at Lake Mead and Simmons in North Las Vegas. Officials say the driver of a truck failed to yield at a green left-hand turn light before colliding into an oncoming truck that then struck an SUV. The extent of the victims’ injuries is not known. One driver had to be extricated from the vehicle. Investigators are looking into whether alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.
It is common for intersection accidents to involve a dangerous left-hand turn. According to NRS 484B.253:
“The driver of a vehicle within an intersection intending to turn to the left shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard, but such driver, having so yielded and having given a signal when and as required, may make such left turn and the drivers of all other vehicles approaching the intersection from the opposite direction shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle making the left turn.”
Victims of drivers who fail to yield the right-of-way have it in their best interest to speak with an experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer. Financial compensation may be available for their medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other related damages by filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver.
Intersections are one of the most dangerous areas on the road, and it’s essential for drivers to take extra precautions to ensure their safety and the safety of others around them. In this article, we will discuss some crucial tips for safety at intersections when driving.
Pay attention to traffic signals
Traffic signals are designed to regulate the flow of traffic and prevent accidents. It’s essential to pay close attention to traffic signals and follow them carefully. Always stop at red lights and stop signs, even if there is no other traffic around. Failure to do so can result in serious accidents.
Look both ways before proceeding
Before proceeding through an intersection, always look both ways. Even if you have a green light, check for any vehicles or pedestrians who may be crossing the intersection. Look left, right, and left again before proceeding.
Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents at intersections. Avoid using your phone, eating, drinking, or anything else that takes your attention away from the road. Keep your focus on the task of driving and be aware of your surroundings.
Yield to pedestrians
Pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks and intersections, and it’s essential to yield to them. Always look for pedestrians and make sure they have crossed the intersection before proceeding. Avoid blocking crosswalks, as this can prevent pedestrians from crossing safely.
Use turn signals
Using turn signals is an essential part of safe driving, especially at intersections. Always use your turn signal when making a turn or changing lanes. This will alert other drivers and pedestrians of your intentions and prevent accidents.
Avoid making risky moves
Avoid making risky moves such as running yellow lights or making sudden turns. These actions can lead to accidents and injuries. Always err on the side of caution and wait for the appropriate time to make your turn or proceed through the intersection.
Keep a safe following distance
Maintaining a safe following distance is crucial for safety at intersections. Keep a distance of at least three seconds between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. This will give you enough time to react in case of sudden stops or unexpected turns.
Be aware of blind spots
Blind spots are areas around your vehicle that are not visible through your mirrors or windows. Be aware of your blind spots and check them before making any turns or changing lanes. Blind spots can be especially dangerous at intersections, as they can hide pedestrians or other vehicles.
The skilled lawyer from Shook & Stone help injured victims get the compensation they need and rightfully deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Las Vegas car accident, please call our offices right away at 702-570-0000 for a no-cost consultation and comprehensive case assessment.