Everyone knows that roadways in Las Vegas and across Nevada are incredibly dangerous. In Las Vegas especially, it seems that streets are congested nearly 24 hours a day. Crashes are increasing every year due to a number of reasons. These days, it’s not a matter of if car accidents will happen, but when.

A recent fatal crash shut down Interstate 11 near Las Vegas for hours. According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, the driver of a U-Haul was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of the roadway. Reports said, just after 3 a.m., the U-Haul violently collided head-on with a tractor-trailer.

Authorities said both vehicles caught fire and were engulfed in flames. The driver of the U-Haul was killed in the crash, and the driver of the tractor-trailer received injuries that were not considered life-threatening, reports said. Reportedly, a large amount of fuel and other fluids were spilled onto the highway. The interstate was shut down in both directions for several hours due to environmental cleanup efforts.

This crash is an example of the dangers that motorists face on today’s roadways. Staying focused behind the wheel and practicing defensive driving habits may help to decrease the likelihood of an accident, but car accidents can still happen regardless of how cautious a driver may be. Those in Nevada who have suffered injuries or loss due to negligence in an accident may want to consider discussions with an experienced legal representative. Damages from a successful claim could provide victims and families with much-needed financial relief.