Nevada Highway Patrol troopers were called to respond to a two-vehicle crash that occurred one early weekday morning on US 93. According to a news report issued by Fox13 News, a 72-year-old Arizona man sideswiped a Chevy pickup that had a camp trailer attached to it. The collision happened when the man’s Jeep Wrangler crossed the centerline from the southbound lane and hit the truck driving in the opposite direction. The camp trailer separated from the pickup upon impact. The Jeep continued traveling southbound, veered off the road, and overturned. The pickup also kept traveling, but northbound, veering off the road and also overturning. The pickup driver, who was 49 years old and wearing his seatbelt, died at the scene of the accident; the Jeep driver, who was also wearing a seat belt, only suffered minor injuries.
Wrong Way Accidents
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, wrong way driving accidents are as much as 12 times more likely to result in a serious injury or even death for those involved in the crash than other types of car accidents. It is not surprising that head-on collisions account for approximately 18% of all traffic-related deaths, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; a majority of these fatal crashes are a result of wrong-way drivers.
Fault - or liability - in wrong-way accidents can almost always be attributed to the driver who drove in the wrong direction. There are, however, rare circumstances in which the vehicle going the wrong way ended up there due to the negligence of another driver. Common causes of wrong way driving include:
Unlicensed or unfit driver; and
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Notably, intoxicated drivers account for more than half (60%) of all wrong-way driving accidents.
Prevention of Wrong-Way Accidents
A wrong-way accident happens when one vehicle driving in one direction crosses a double-yellow line into the lanes that go in the opposite direction. These accidents may also happen when a driver enters a highway from the wrong side of traffic, going in the opposite direction and into oncoming traffic. Because wrong-way accidents are often head-on collisions, and occur at high speeds, the injuries of those involved are devastating and often life-threatening. Technological advances in the vehicle industry focused on preventing these types of tragedies include vehicle-to-vehicle communicators. These advances are still in the testing phase and the NHTSA will likely create regulations eventually mandating this technology.
While technology can help minimize the likelihood of car accidents, it is ultimately the responsibility of the drivers behind the wheel of the vehicles to prevent car accidents. If a driver makes a mistake or is driving recklessly or under the influence and causes a crash, the victims involved have a right to seek monetary compensation for injuries suffered.
Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorneys
If you or someone you know has been injured in a Nevada wrong-way accident - or a loved one has tragically died as a result of a personal injury - contact Parry & Pfau. Our knowledgeable Nevada attorneys can help guide you through this difficult time and seek the monetary compensation to which you are entitled.