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Las Vegas family's van hit by truck; 2-year-old killed

When people go on vacation, they rarely consider the fact that someone in their group could be involved in an accident during the trip. While it would be nice if this was a situation that never arose, there are unfortunately many instances in which Las Vegas residents must deal with serious injuries outside the comfort of their city.

For one Las Vegas family, a trip to a California beach has turned into a horrific tragedy. The group was driving in a minivan through Santa Monica when a dump truck struck them from behind. A 2-year-old boy was killed in the crash, and a 17-year-old male suffered a neck injury. The teenager’s current condition has not been reported. It is unclear from reports how these two were related, and how many people were in the van altogether.

No official cause has been released, but it is suggested that visibility may have been a factor in the crash. Reports do not indicate whether law enforcement authorities believe any other issues, such as speeding or driving under the influence, may have also played a role.

In response to this tragedy, Santa Monica firefighters have begun a support fund for the family, encouraging both local and Las Vegas communities to contribute.

Injuries occurring during vacations can bring many additional hardships, as victims are separated from the support networks of their home cities. Compensation gained through civil litigation may be able to assist with some of these issues by addressing the physical, emotional and financial burdens of dealing with an accident far away from home. If you have suffered a personal injury out-of-state, you may want to discuss your civil litigation options with an attorney.

Source: Santa Monica Daily Press, “Firefighters Establish Fund For Crash Victims,” Matthew Hall, June 10, 2014. 

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