The scene of an automobile accident can be a dangerous place. After an accident, even a minor one, drivers typically pull over to the side of the road to exchange insurance information and wait for emergency personnel to arrive. But other drivers on the road may not be expecting to see cars on the shoulder, especially late at night. Recently a Las Vegas woman was killed after stepping out of her car after a minor accident.
The two accidents happened at about 3:40 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-15. The first accident occurred when the Las Vegas woman crashed into a car that was in the median. The woman got out of her vehicle after the accident occurred, and an oncoming car struck her. Police believe the driver of the car that struck the woman had lost control of their vehicle. The woman died at the scene.
When a person is killed in a car accident caused by the negligence of another person, the victim’s next of kin have the right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. Damages that are recoverable include compensation for loss of support, loss of companionship, medical and funeral expenses, and other damages.
After a car accident a driver should pull as far off the road as possible. The people in the car must then make the decision whether to stay in one’s vehicle or get out. If the neighborhood appears safe, getting out is usually the best option. But after getting out of the car it is safest to stand completely off the roadway, so as not to be endangered by other vehicles who may come suddenly upon the accident scene. When involved in an accidents resulting in serious injury or death, consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney is a good idea.
Source: Las Vegas Sun, “Woman gets out of car after I-15 crash, is struck and killed,” Brian Nordli, Oct. 6, 2013
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