Another sad story of a hit and run accident ending in tragedy. Days following a car accident at the intersection of Mountain Vista and Vegas Valley on September 15th, 2018, 10-year-old Zion Jimenez passed away after sustaining massive injuries in a Las Vegas hit and run accident.
It was reported that 23-year-old Jonathan Mora of Las Vegas was headed South on Mountain Vista Street in his Nissan Altima. Mora failed to yield to a Toyota Camry as the driver turned left onto East Vegas Valley Drive. Jimenez and 20-year-old Omar Moya-Luna were taken to Sunrise Hospital with “significant injuries” from the crash. Witnesses and bystanders pulled them out of the vehicle and away from the crash site as the vehicle caught fire. Mr. Mora fled on foot for reasons unknown.
The driver of the Toyota Camry, 62-year-old Roberto Santos, is also reported to be seriously injured.
Our thoughts are with all of the victims involved in this tragic story.
The Problem With Nevada Hit and Run Accidents
In most hit and run accidents, insurance companies and emergency responders almost always fault the person who fled the scene. Whatever your reasoning may be for wanting to flee the scene, it is imperative that you stay as running will undoubtedly make matters worse. If you believe you are at fault, or you are in serious trouble, your best bet is to hire an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney to represent you in court. The last thing you want to do is act in a way that implies guilt.
The Problem With Rear-End Collisions
Rear-end collisions almost always point the guilty finger at the rear vehicle. Unfortunately, we all know too well that most people are out to make a quick buck at another persons’ expense. We have all experienced driving behind someone who suddenly brakes for no apparent reason… when this happens, we are led to believe that they are attempting to create a rear-end collision in exchange for a cash settlement. Our only recommended solution? Be wary of your surroundings. If the driver in front of you is driving in an abnormal manner, safely switch lanes and move out of the way of danger.
Receiving Compensation in Las Vegas Wrongful Death Cases
When an accident injury victim passes away, you simply cannot place a dollar amount on the loss. You can, however, seek maximum justice on the behalf of your loved one by sustaining justice of economic nature. (See: Nevada Personal Injury Statute of Limitations)
Nevada offers its residents a very generous negligent infliction of emotional distress rule. To put it as simply as possible, if you need to file a Las Vegas wrongful death claim, you are entitled to pecuniary losses to cover funeral expenses, medical care lost financial support (past and future), and lost emotional and physical support.
Are you are wondering how much your car accident settlement is worth? Nevada has a very broad negligent infliction of emotional distress rule. In a nutshell, if a close relative witnessed the crash firsthand, that relative may be entitled to damages for emotional distress and other losses.
Contact An Experienced Attorney
If you have experienced an injury at the hands of a negligent driver, please contact our office for a free consultation with our aggressive Las Vegas car accident attorney. At The Injury Firm, we work on contingency; that means we do not collect a dime until you receive your maximum settlement.