A two-vehicle accident claimed the life of a 75-year-old man on Tuesday at the intersection of Alta Drive and Hualapai Way, according to an ABC 13 Action News report.
Las Vegas police were called to the scene of the collision, which occurred at about 4:30pm. Based on initial witness reports and evidence, it appears that a 1998 Dodge Durango struck a 2003 Hyundai Elantra as it was travelling southbound on Hualapai across the intersection at Alta. The Elantra was turning left and was struck in the right side by the Durango.
The driver of the Durango suffered minor injuries and the driver of the Elantra suffered moderate injuries, but the collision proved fatal for the front-seat passenger of the Elantra. The 75-year-old was transported to UMC Trauma, where he was later pronounced dead by medical personnel.
Police believe the driver of the Durango ran a red light and are considering distraction as a possible reason behind this act. Only a thorough investigation into the accident, however, will reveal exactly what led to the fatal collision.
This tragedy marks the ninth traffic fatality in Las Vegas in 2014. Car accidents, particularly side-impact collisions such as the one that claimed this victim’s life, have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries. When the side of a vehicle is struck with force, the victim on that side will typically be at the greatest risk of injury, even in newer vehicles with front and side airbags. It is important for victims and families of victims to take action when distracted driving or other types of driver negligence or wrongdoing cause serious car accidents.
At Shook & Stone, we are committed to helping victims of car, truck, motorcycle and all other traffic accidents throughout the Las Vegas area. We can assist victims in seeking maximum financial compensation through insurance claims and holding negligent parties accountable by way of personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits. To learn more about our attorneys and the services we provide, please call for a free consultation. We are here to help.