On the morning of Sunday January 6th, a massive accident involving two semis and seven passengers caused severe delays on southbound Interstate 15 close to Primm, NV. Both north and south bound lanes were closed for over an hour due to truck accident, with all southbound lanes only reopening at 5:45 PM according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. The cause of the accident may have partly been a result of a vehicle pursuit of a suicidal passenger which had already stalled southbound traffic causing delays. One of the victims was transported by helicopter to UMC in Las Vegas in critical conditi.
Consider for a moment the incredible leaps in technology over the last decade. In 2007 the iPhone debuted ; today, more than 76 percent of people in the United States have Internet access in some form . While these devices create ample risks of distracted driving (they are music players, text messagers, gaming devices…oh yes, and phones!), they also have built-in GPS units that equip every Average Joe with a turn-by-turn navigation system.
It goes without saying that some of the most horrific accidents seen on the roadways of Nevada are due to accidents between big rigs or semi tractor-trailers and passenger vehicles. What many don’t know are some of the most common reasons for these often-fatal accidents as well as the technology available to help reduce them.
There seems to be a new injury auto accident each day in Southern Nevada, with varied results. Some car crashes happen, and both parties are able to walk away completely unscathed. There are incidences involving only one car in Clark County, where the driver is the only person who has to suffer the injury or damage related to the motor vehicle wreck. Then there are accidents involving motorcycles, where the motorcyclist is usually injured severely, and their motorcycle (regardless of the make and model) could be damaged beyond repair.
As Las Vegas has continued to grow and expand over the last several decades, the types of vehicles entering and exiting the city at all hours of day has changed. The once relatively isolated communities were broken up by wide expanses of desert, and narrow dirt roads punctuated that desert to allow for commuter between neighborhoods to traverse this wild west scene. As southern Nevada developed into what it is today, a world class destination with a large and diverse community, it also stretched in size and infrastructure to accommodate this population growth.