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Car accidents can have tragic consequences

Crashes seem to be happening more and more due to the increased volume of traffic on Nevada roadways these days. Unfortunately, thousands of people are involved in automobile crashes each year. Even minor accidents such as fender benders can cause unwanted stress to those affected. Car accidents can be very traumatic experiences, but when the at-fault driver flees the scene, it only exacerbates the trauma and stress of those involved. Las Vegas police are seeking information after a driver fled the scene of a recent fatal accident.

Although police are still searching for more information, reports indicate that the accident was a result of excessive speed. Reports state that a pickup truck plowed through a bus shelter and overturned in an adjacent lot. According to police, the driver of the pickup truck was a male teenager who fled the scene along with another male passenger.

Tragically, a female passenger was severely injured and left in the backseat of the truck. She was flown to a local hospital where she died. Two other teens, both girls, were injured in the accident and were hospitalized but expected to recover. Police are still searching for the driver and the male passenger that fled the scene.

When found, the driver of the pickup truck could end up facing a wrongful death claim in civil court, apart from any criminal charges. When car accidents result in serious injuries, the aftermath can be devastating for victims and their families. Anytime a Nevada resident loses an immediate family member due to an act of negligence in a crash, the right exists to take legal action against the at-fault party. A successful lawsuit could result in compensation to the victim's family that can be used to cover end-of-life expenses for their deceased family member as well as other documented financial losses.

Source: lasvegassun.com, "North Vegas police still looking for driver in fatal crash", Aug. 1, 2017

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