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Las Vegas pedestrian accident fatal for man in wheelchair

The purpose of this blog is to shine a light on personal injury law in Nevada. People who have been injured through no fault of their own often aren't aware of their legal rights, especially when insurance companies go to great lengths to convince injured people that their options are extremely limited.

In the event of a death resulting from another person's negligence, the surviving family members may have grounds to sue the negligent party for damages. This might be the case after a recent pedestrian accident in Las Vegas.

A 56-year-old man operating a motorized wheelchair was going along Flamingo Road when a car approached from the opposite direction. The vehicle hit the man near Duneville Street, and he was transported to University Medical Center, where sadly he passed away five hours later.

The 68-year-old car driver was not injured.

Police believe the man in the wheelchair moved into the lane of traffic, but that doesn't rule out negligence on the part of the driver. Motorists have an obligation to exercise due caution in the presence of pedestrians. That means taking action to avoid a collision.

If a driver fails to yield, stop or otherwise try to avoid hitting a pedestrian, then it may be possible to prove negligence in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Proving negligence requires legal know-how, and anyone who is suffering because of an auto accident may want to explore the available legal options for alleviating some of the burden. A wrongful death claim could lead to compensation for funeral and medical bills, among other damages.

Source: Las Vegas Sun, "Man in wheelchair dies after being struck by car in western valley," Jackie Valley, May 6, 2013

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