Clark County, NV- Commercial trucking accidents in the U.S. have a variety of causes including poor road conditions, inclement weather or mechanical issues. But most semi wrecks are the result of mistakes made behind the wheel, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Sometimes those mistakes have devastating outcomes like a November crash in Clark County, Nevada that killed a three-year-old child.

Three-Old Dies After Tractor-Trailer Crash in Clark County

A crash between a van and tractor-trailer on Interstate 15 in Clark County on November 19, 2017, severely injured four people and fatally injured a three-year-old child.

NBC News 3 reports that a mother and her four children were in the van traveling northbound in the inside lane of the I-15 when a tractor-trailer made an illegal turn in the path of their vehicle. According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, the driver of a tractor-trailer, which was in the outside lane, slowed to make a U-turn into a center median marked with signs that said, “No U-Turn” and “Authorized Use Only.”

The act of turning put the big rig in the van’s path causing to collide with the side of the 18-wheeler. The van went part of the way under the truck and was pinned. Emergency crews had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate some of the van occupants.

Poor road conditions, bad weather, and mechanical failure are factors in some tractor-trailer accidents, but driver error is the primary cause of most truck crashes.

All five occupants suffered severe injuries. A three-year-old in the van was flown to a local children’s hospital in critical condition but later succumbed to her injuries.

St. George News reports that the three-year-old was in a child seat and was properly restrained.

Authorities said that neither alcohol nor speed contributed to the crash. Charges against the driver are pending, the St. George News reports.

Speak to a Truck Accident Attorney in Clark County Immediately

Most truck drivers take the safety of other motorists seriously, but even the most diligent driver can make a mistake that results in a serious crash. If you are injured in a truck accident, you should speak with a commercial trucking accident lawyer in Clark County. You can arrange a free consultation and learn if you are eligible for compensation to cover your medical bills and other accident-related expenses. You can find a truck accident attorney near your Nevada location at

Clark County residents are encouraged to contact the Mortenson and Rafie law firm at (702) 363-4190 and arrange a case evaluation. Attorneys Peter Mortenson and Darius Rafie have over thirty years of combined experience handling an array of personal injury and wrongful death claims. Contact the firm today and arrange a consultation.

Contact the truck crash attorneys at Mortenson and Rafie LLP if you need help recovering compensation for a commercial trucking accident.