• June 23, 2022

Man Killed, 1 Injured in Tractor-Trailer Accident on Lamb Boulevard in Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas, NV -- June 20, 2022, one person was killed and one was injured due to an accident where a tractor-trailer and an SUV collided.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 10:11 p.m. along Lamb boulevard at Alto Avenue.

Initial reports said that a Ford Escape was traveling northbound along Lamb. From oncoming lanes, a tractor-trailer made a left turn, and the Ford crashed into the back portion of the trailer.

Due to the collision, a 25-year-old man riding in the Ford sustained fatal injuries. The driver, a 28-year-old man, was taken to a hospital with critical injuries. Police say that driver may have been impaired.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Tractor-Trailer Accident on Lamb Boulevard in Las Vegas

The possibility that this involved an impaired driver is obviously concerning. If found to be true, that's a serious mistake that should be addressed. But to be blunt, even if it is true, it may not be the biggest mistake leading to this tragic accident. Certain details stand out to me which need to be investigated. Primarily, did this tractor-trailer fail to yield to the victims' vehicle?

Las Vegas, NV Tractor-Trailer Accident Kills 1, Injures 1 on Lamb Boulevard

When I look at the most recent images I can find of this particular intersection, it appears that there are stop signs on Alto while Lamb does not have traffic control. If that's accurate to the present day, then that should mean a vehicle making a left turn off of Lamb has to yield to oncoming lanes. These reports say that the vehicles were going opposite directions. So why exactly did the truck driver think it was safe to turn?

There could certainly be extenuating circumstances to consider, of course. I've looked into cases where it turned out someone was under the influence of alcohol and didn't have their lights on. I've also seen cases where someone was going 100 MPH on a residential street. I'm not here to blame anyone, which is why the evidence should speak for itself.

But if the evidence shows that the victims' car had its lights on and was going around the speed limit, that should usually mean a reasonably prudent driver would wait until the coast was clear. Even a sober driver might not be able to avoid a crash like this one. Maybe the images I saw were out of date, and maybe there is more to this than the reports let on. But in my experience, there are far too many red flags here to ignore. Are steps being taken to look into those red flags more thoroughly?

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