Fatal Crash in Moapa: Four in Nevada Law Enforcement Custody

The Review-Journal reports that four people were in custody in connection with an investigation into a crash on Interstate 15 near Moapa that resulted in a fatality. A Highway Patrol trooper reported that a man died after a driver, who possibly was involved in road rage, lost control of his vehicle, causing him to drive onto oncoming traffic.

The incident occurred when a black BMW and a silver Jeep were driving southbound on Interstate 15 near Moapa on a Sunday just before 1pm. While trying to pass the BMW, the Jeep hit the vehicle and drove onto the northbound lane, hitting an oncoming Mini Cooper. The driver of the Mini Cooper died at the accident crash. Right after the Jeep collided with the Mini Cooper, a Nissan Pathfinder also traveling in the northbound lane crashed. It is unclear whether the Nissan’s driver was involved in the road rage incident. The drivers of the Jeep and Nissan, as well as a passenger from the Nissan were transported to an area hospital by ambulance. Nevada Highway Patrol are investigating whether road rage was a factor in the collision. On the evening of the crash, law enforcement announced that they had apprehended four individuals and were holding them in custody related to the fatal accident. All I-15 northbound lanes were temporarily closed at mile marker 93 due to the crash.

Nevada Car Accidents

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) reports that as many as 80 people die each day in accidents that occur on U.S. roadways. In fact, a total of 35,244 fatal car accidents in 2016. Car accidents account for approximately $871 billion in combined economic and societal losses. This amounts to nearly 2% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The major contributors of car accidents in the U.S. includes: drunk driving (32%), speeding (31%), bad weather conditions (11%), distracted driving (16%), and other (10%). Injuries that result from Nevada car accidents can vary from temporary or permanent physical harm to mental health issues.

Nevada law, particularly section 484E of the Nevada Revised Statutes, describes the legal requirements placed on drivers who are involved in a car accident. This includes pulling the vehicle over the shoulder, rendering basic aid if the accident resulted in an injury, exchanging information with all parties involved, and immediately contacting the police if unattended property was damaged.

Nevada Car Insurance Requirements

Nevada law mandates that all drivers purchase auto insurance. The minimum amount of coverage that Nevada drivers must have is as follows:

  • $15,000.00 for injuries to one person in a car accident;

  • $30,000.00 per accident where more than one person is hurt; and

  • $10,000.00 per accident for property damage.

These limits are increasing to $25,000, $50,000, and $20,000 respectively, as of July 1, 2018.

Like many states across the nation, Nevada is an “at-fault” system when it comes to determining fault after a car accident. This means that the party who was legally at fault for the crash, as well as the party’s auto insurance company, must compensate a victim who was physically harmed or whose property was damaged. Under the no-fault system in other states, the drivers’ insurance company must pay for damages regardless of who was at fault for the crash.

Nevada Personal Injury Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a Nevada car accident or has been harmed in any other type of accident due to the negligence of another, contact the skilled attorneys at Parry & Pfau.

(image courtesy of Josh Blanton)