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The year 2011 is starting off as a deadly one for motorists in the Valley. During the month of January, there have already been seven traffic fatalities in the Las Vegas metro area. That’s a pace of 84 for the year, which would be substantially higher than 2010’s total.
The latest auto accident victim was a 78-year old man in the western part of the Valley. According to police, the man was driving his Ford Focus west on Edna Street and tried to turn left onto Rainbow Boulevard. But in doing so, the man ran a stop sign and the Focus was sideswiped by a Dodge Caravan minivan. The Ford then slammed head-on into a Honda Accord heading south on Rainbow.
The elderly man succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital. The occupants of the other vehicles involved sustained moderate injuries and were also transported to a hospital.
This tragic auto accident illustrates the potential danger of the simple act of running a stop sign. If you ignore, disobey, or fail to see a stop sign and cause an accident, you will most likely be held responsible for the injuries to those involved in the collision as well as the property damage to their vehicles. This means that if a personal injury lawsuit is filed, you may be ordered to pay damages for medical expenses, recuperation costs, and lost wages from missed work.
If you or someone you love has been hurt or killed in an auto accident, consider engaging the services of a qualified auto accident attorney.