Some people may think of car accidents as a minor inconvenience. But, for many car accident victims and their families, car accidents can be life-changing events with devastating physical, emotional and financial consequences. Unfortunately, car accidents have touched the lives of many families in Nevada.
New data suggests, however, that the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents was down throughout the state in 2013 — except in Clark County. In Clark County, the number of fatal car, motorcycle, pedestrian and bike accidents was up in 2013. In fact, the number of fatal car accidentsincreased by 6 percent compared with 2012, while pedestrian deaths were up 18 percent. The state would like to see a 50 percent decrease in the number of traffic deaths by 2030.
According to the Department of Transportation, there were a total of 183 fatalities in Clark County in 2013. Many times fatal accidents are caused by negligent drivers. These are drivers that are not paying as close attention to the road as necessary. Negligent drivers can be traveling too fast, texting and driving, drinking and driving or otherwise not paying close enough attention to the road and the things around them.
Negligent drivers are a hazard to everyone on Nevada’s roadways. However, they can face consequences for their actions. Negligent drivers may be subject to criminal charges, but they may also be held civilly liable for the damage they cause. Through a personal injury suit, car accident victims may seek compensation for the damages they have suffered in a car accident. When a person dies in an accident, that person’s family may be able to file a wrongful death suit against a negligent driver to obtain necessary compensation.
Source: Las Vegas Sun, “Traffic deaths down in state, but up 6 percent in Clark County,” Cy Ryan, Jan. 2, 2014