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People from all over the country come to Las Vegas for the shows, nightlife, and (of course) gambling. But for tourists from states such as California and Arizona who want all those perks without having to deal with Las Vegas traffic (and high prices), the southern Nevada city of Laughlin offers a viable alternative. Unfortunately, this part of the state is not immune to fatal auto accidents.

The latest one took place about five miles west of Laughlin. On Friday afternoon around 4pm, a Nissan and a Toyota were traveling east on Nevada Route 163 when they collided near the intersection of Christmas Tree Pass. The Toyota managed to overturn, killing the male passenger and injuring the female driver seriously enough to require air transport all the way to University Medical Center in Las Vegas.

There are no details about how the auto accident occurred. But if the Nissan is found to be at fault, its male driver may be named as a defendant in a personal injury lawsuit filed by the Toyota driver, as well as in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the surviving family members of the male passenger. (It’s not clear whether the two occupants of the Toyota were related).

The personal injury suit could allow the woman to collect reimbursement for hospital expenses as well as unearned wages due to any work absenteeism. The wrongful death suit may permit the plaintiffs to collect compensation for the future wages the victim would have earned in his lifetime, as well as reimbursement for burial costs. In both cases, a jury may order the defendant to pay monetary damages for such causes as pain and suffering.