Traffic-related fatalities happen all too frequently on the busy roads of Las Vegas. The 110th fatality last year occurred in the early morning hours of December 2nd on Fremont St., near the intersection of Eastern Ave. The victim, later identified by the Clark County coroner’s office as 77 year-old Maynor Santamaria, was struck and killed by a 1999 Isuzu Amigo driven by Kenneth Mason. Police reported that Mason’s westbound SUV was approaching a green light at the Eastern Ave. intersection around 5:43 a.m. when it hit Mr. Santamaria as he was heading south across Fremont St. on foot.
Police and emergency medical personnel arrived within minutes of the accident, and Mr. Santamaria was pronounced dead. Based on evidence gathered at the scene, police believe that the elderly pedestrian was not walking on the marked crosswalk when he was struck. The 54 year-old driver of the SUV stopped immediately after the crash. He stayed at the scene and passed blood alcohol tests done by police. An official investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.
Traffic Statistics Show Automobile Accident Fatalities Are on the Rise
According to the Las Vegas police department’s traffic statistics for January through early December 2015, the number of vehicle-related deaths in the city has jumped by 38 percent in comparison to the same period in 2014. The department’s statistics also reveal how the accident victims died:
- Vehicle collisions with pedestrians account for 40% of the fatalities.
- Mopeds and motorcycles were involved in 19% of the deaths.
- The driver died in 28% of fatal automobile accidents.
- Passenger deaths represent 7% of the total.
- Bicyclists were involved in 7% of the fatal accidents that happened on Las Vegas streets.
Fatal Las Vegas Motor Vehicle Accidents Have Various Causes
The police department’s traffic data also sheds some light on the reasons why these deadly automobile accidents took place.
- Pedestrian safety mistakes like crossing a road against traffic lights and not using a crosswalk account for 32% of deaths.
- Driving while intoxicated (DUI) was a factor in 21% of the fatalities.
- 27% of the crashes happened because a driver didn’t yield the right of way.
- Failing to stay in the correct lane and other driving errors caused 33% of the deaths.
- In 4% of fatal crashes, the person killed was not wearing a seat belt.
If you’ve lost a loved one as a result of a fatal automobile accident and you’d like to learn more about your available legal options, contact Greenman, Goldberg, Raby & Martinez or call (702) 388-4476 to schedule a free consultation.