A semi-trailer involved accident has left two dead at Auto Show Drive off of U.S. 95, according to a recent report.
According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, the accident occurred around 12:30pm when the driver of the semi, carrying two trailers, ran a red light and hit an oncoming van. The semi was traveling northbound, exiting the freeway on the off-ramp at Auto Show Drive. The Chevy Uplander van carrying two occupants, 34-year-old Ryan Toru Muramoto and 45-year-old Henry Eric Williams, was hit head-on by the semi as the van traveled eastbound on Auto Show Drive. The initial impact caused both semi and van to hit a nearby concrete wall. According to police, the semi came to rest on top of the van, which was described as “mangled.” After the initial impact, a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, also traveling eastbound, hit the left side of one of the trailers attached to the semi.
Muramoto and Williams, the two occupants of the van, were pronounced dead on the scene. The cause was listed as multiple blunt force trauma. Both the semi driver and the driver of the Jeep were taken to St. Rose Dominican hospital and later released with non-life threatening injuries.
Large Truck Accidents Often Deadly
Semi-truck drivers are generally well trained, highly skilled, and adept to navigating an enormous vehicle. The trucking industry is also one of the most heavily regulated areas of transportation by the federal government, with numerous safety standards and rules. Despite this, accidents do occur. According to the Nevada Department of Transportation, 778 tractor-trailer accidents claimed 14 lives and left 178 injured in 2010.
Trucking accidents are often serious, and can result in damages or death to the people involved. The Nevada Department of Transportation states that in 2011, 72 percent of those injured or killed in a trucking accident were occupying a separate vehicle at the time. Though there are many regulations for semi-trucks, these regulations do not necessarily help the victims of trucking accidents. Rather than attempting to seek fair and equitable compensation on your own, seek the help of experienced personal injury lawyers, like those at Sam Harding Law Firm in Las Vegas, Nevada. With experience in a variety of personal injury cases, including trucking accidents, the Sam Harding Law Firm can aid you in gathering evidence and preparing a case in the hopes of receiving fair compensation for your damages.