Navigating some cities, or unfamiliar roads, can often be an exercise in frustration. Even with technology such as GPS devices that speak to drivers to give driving directions, drivers can still make wrong turns and get lost where signals are weak or construction has created detours or made some roads unavailable. While making a wrong turn does not generally spell disaster, under the right combination of factors, accidents can happen, resulting in tragic consequences.
North Las Vegas police are conducting an accident investigating for a crash that killed one woman and left two other people injured recently. According to a police spokesperson, the accident occurred when the driver of a Toyota attempted to make a U-turn on Camino Al Norte. The Toyota was struck by a Cadillac that was speeding. The driver of the Toyota was killed and pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, while the other driver and the passenger in the Toyota were taken to a local hospital. Their injuries are not life-threatening.
Liability in car accidents is determined by the legal theory of negligence. When someone is injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another, the injured party may be able to recover damages from the responsible party. Under negligence theory, drivers are required to exercise reasonable care when behind the wheel, and a failure to meet that level of care constitutes negligence.
Actions such as exceeding the posted speed limit, or ignoring traffic signals or other directional signs, can be enough for a finding of negligence. In any circumstances, it is advisable for all drivers to be aware of their surroundings, but particularly in busy intersections.
Source: www.lasvegassun.com, “Woman killed in North Las Vegas car crash,” Brian Nordli, June 19, 2013
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