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By Farhan Naqvi, Personal Injury Lawyer in Las Vegas

Recently, a truck accident involving a wheelchair bound woman  just east of McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas claimed the life of a woman. Police report the victim was in the roadway on Oquendo Road (near the intersection of Russell Road and Eastern Avenue) when she was struck by a pickup truck. The unidentified woman was rushed to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, but later died from her injuries.

Police have no idea why the woman was in the roadway at the time of the accident. However, police determined that the victim was at fault and no evidence existed to indicate that the Nissan Frontier pickup truck’s driver was impaired.

For the record, wheelchairs are not classified as vehicles in the state of Nevada. Rather, people in wheelchairs are required to obey the same laws as those governing pedestrians (unless otherwise indicated). Therefore, this auto-wheelchair accident is viewed as an auto-pedestrian crash rather than a wreck involving two vehicles. 

Since the authorities placed the blame on the victim in this incident, it is likely that this determination would have a significant effect on the outcome of any wrongful death lawsuit which might be filed by the victim’s family members. If you have any questions regarding an auto-wheelchair accident, you should seek out a qualified personal injury attorney to answer them.

About the Editor: Farhan R. Naqvi is a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer who has experience representing victims injured in car accidents, drunk driver crashes, truck wrecks, slip and falls, taxi cab accidents, and bicycle crashes. He also has experience handling spine injury, product liability, underinsured/uninsured driver, and wrongful death cases. If you’ve been seriously hurt in an accident in Summerlin, North Las Vegas, Clark County, Henderson, Boulder City, Green Valley, or Pahrump, give Farhan a call at 702-553-1000 for a free, no-hassle consultation.