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Toddler killed in tragic Nevada auto accident

Automobile accidents are one of the leading causes of death in America these days. Navigating crowded roadways can be a difficult task, especially in a state experiencing a population boom like that of Nevada. More vehicles sharing the road increases the chances of an auto accident occurring. Unfortunately, some of these accidents have fatal results. Tragically, a toddler in Reno recently died as a result of injuries suffered in a multi-vehicle crash.

According to reports, a chain reaction crash resulted in injuries to the toddler and driver of a car that was struck from the rear. As traffic slowed, the driver of a pickup truck hauling a utility trailer was unable to slow or stop in time. The truck struck a car, pushing the car forward into the car containing the toddler.

All of those involved in the accident were wearing seatbelts. The driver of the truck and driver of the other car involved were uninjured. Unfortunately, the toddler and driver of the third car involved suffered significant injuries and were airlifted to a local hospital where the toddler succumbed to her injuries.

For drivers in today's world, there are many distractions to take focus off of the road. Losing a family member due to an auto accident is a tragic and traumatic event, and the trauma is magnified when the loss occurs due to an act of negligence on the roadway. In Nevada, surviving family members have the right to pursue legal action. A successful lawsuit could result in compensation to the victim's family that can be used to cover funeral expenses, as well as cover other financial losses.

Source: mynews4.com, "NHP: Toddler dies after crash on US 395 in Douglas County", Jan. 17, 2017

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