Hit-and-Runs Increasing in Vegas Valley
According to the Metropolitan Police Department, there is a disturbing trend occurring in the Las Vegas valley. Since the beginning of 2023, there have been an overwhelming 3,400 hit-and-run incidents in the Las Vegas valley alone. While the year hasn’t even wrapped up yet, that’s still a 7% increase in the number of hit-and-run accidents reported last year.
Unfortunately, another hit and run happened recently on Warm Springs Road and Shadow Crest Drive that left a woman with critical injuries.
Police say the driver, Ryan Nimmo, was allegedly driving down the road on a Sunday when he ran a red light. That’s when he struck the victim’s vehicle. Rather than immediately pulling over and checking on the victim, Nimmo allegedly attempted to drive off. His attempt to flee was short-lived, though, because he reportedly crashed his car again a short distance away. He ran away on foot.
Reports show that the perpetrator, Nimmo, worked as a firefighter with the Las Vegas Fire Department prior to this accident. Authorities also suspect he was drinking at the time of the crash.
Between 2018 and 2020, police in Vegas reported an average of 3,000 hit-and-run cases every year. Since 2021, however, there have been an average of around 4,000 hit-and-runs a year. So far this year, at least 14 pedestrians in Clark County have been fatally hit by vehicles that fled the scene.
If you ever get involved in a crash, then please make an effort to stay at the scene. You could save someone’s life by calling emergency services. If you flee away, then the victim may never get the care they need and may pass away. Obviously, that’s going to make the situation a lot worse all around. If you notice a crash and see a vehicle trying to flee away, then obtain the license plate if possible. This crucial information can help identify who caused the accident.
What to Do If You’re Involved in a Hit and Run
If you’re on the wrong end in a hit-and-run accident, then you may sustain not only property damage but significant injuries as well. Your losses may start to add up quickly, and your insurance providers may not be able to cover all of your losses.
When that’s the case, you may need to seek legal recourse elsewhere. If you’re able to identify the person who committed the hit and run, then you can seek out a civil claim against them. By filing a personal injury claim against the perpetrator, you can potentially recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and more.
If the hit-and-run led to a fatality, then the surviving loved ones of the deceased can seek out a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver. The surviving loved ones can collect compensation in the form of burial costs, a loss of financial support, pain and suffering, and more.
Are you considering filing a legal claim for compensation after experiencing a hit-and-run in Vegas or a nearby area? If so, then contact our office now to speak with one of our attorneys.