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With gas prices rising these days, people are looking at fuel economy ratings when they purchase new vehicles. But when gas prices were lower a few years ago, there was a trend where Americans seemed to prefer the biggest, bulkiest, and most durable vehicles on the market. Perhaps they simply wanted to feel as secure as possible while driving around. But as an incident this week shows, people can be harmed in even the most indestructible vehicles.

On Thursday morning shortly after 9:15am, a 58-year old man was driving his 2007 Hummer eastbound on Flamingo Road just north of the UNLV campus. According to witnesses, the speeding Hummer ran a red light at the intersection of Swenson Street, plowed into a 2010 Toyota Corolla, and then struck a Chevy van. The Hummer rolled over onto its roof and ejected the driver, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

So the person in the most impenetrable vehicle wound up dead after the accident. Sadly, that wasn’t the end of the carnage. The 26-year old driver of the Corolla was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Two passengers in the van were also hurt in the auto accident.

Not only did the 58-year old Hummer driver fail to survive the crash, but his estate could be named as a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the surviving family members of the 26-year old man. The two injured victims in the van could also file personal injury lawsuits against the same defendant if they choose to do so.