On behalf of The Frickey Law Firm, posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013.
A child from the Denver area died in multi-vehicle accident in July. The 3-year-old girl was killed when the van she occupied was struck head-on by a Cadillac SUV. Investigators did not say what caused the collision involving three vehicles on Nevada’s U.S. Highway 50.
State police reported a Chrysler Town & Country van was the second of two vehicles struck in the fatal auto accident. The Cadillac first hit a GMC Yukon which overturned, injuring everyone on board.
Authorities said the people in the Yukon and van were traveling together from Colorado. The Yukon had eight occupants; the Chrysler contained seven people, including the toddler.
The crash involved a total of 16; the number of injures was unspecified. Officials said the grandmother of the child who died was airlifted to a hospital. The conditions of the remaining victims were not reported. State troopers said some injuries were serious.
A 31-year-old Lake Tahoe, Nevada, woman was identified as the Cadillac driver.
Crash reconstruction crews will uncover how the nighttime accident occurred. Learning why it happened may take several steps. An interview with the at-fault driver – assuming she is well enough to speak with authorities – could reveal any number of things.
Investigators will want to know whether the woman was fatigued, distracted, ill or medicated. A blood test will tell whether the Cadillac driver was intoxicated. The Cadillac will be inspected for mechanical defects. Witnesses will help piece together what happened before, during and immediately after the crash.
The combined evidence could result in the filings of criminal charges. Such charges do not have to be filed in order for a civil lawsuit to proceed. If you or a family member have been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your options. You have the right to request compensation for hospital bills, ongoing treatments and lost wages. Wrongful death claims may be filed by surviving family members for loved ones who have been lost in car accidents.
taoedailytribune.com, “Colorado toddler killed in Cave Rock wreck identified” No author given, Aug. 08, 2013