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Students can be involved in auto-pedestrian accidents

As summer winds down and students return to school in Nevada, there will be an increase in foot traffic along busy roadways. Motorists should take caution and reduce speed when entering school zones. Children walking to and from school could be susceptible to auto\-pedestrian accidents. Unfortunately, not all drivers are as focused as they should be behind the wheel, especially with the ever increasing amount of distractions these days. Police are seeking information after a car allegedly struck a young girl in Reno and fled the scene

A 13-year-old girl received injuries after she was struck by a car while crossing the road. The accident happened around 7:00 am as the girl was making her way to school. Reports indicate that the girl attempted to make a safe crossing and used a pedestrian activated flasher that alerts drivers to pedestrians crossing the road.

The dangers of drowsy drivers in Las Vegas

If you live in Las Vegas, you know it is the city that parties all night. Tourists come for the weekend and stay all night gambling, drinking and shopping. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this behavior, it becomes a problem when these people drive. Whether they drove into town with their own car or rented a vehicle, these people can cause serious accidents if they drive while intoxicated.

Drunk driving is not the only thing you have to worry about in Vegas. Keep reading to learn about the dangers of drowsy driving and how to protect yourself.

Pedestrian accidents are often fatal

These days, traveling on foot along busy Nevada city streets can be very risky. An increasing amount of foot traffic combined with distracted or impaired drivers can be a recipe for disaster. Laws exist that protect pedestrians, but despite these laws, accidents involving automobiles and pedestrians seem to be occurring more frequently. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are often fatal since pedestrians are more exposed. One such accident recently happened in Las Vegas and left a pedestrian dead.

The accident occurred just after 10 p.m. at a Las Vegas intersection. Reports say that a pickup truck hit a pedestrian who was attempting to cross the intersection. Tragically, the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

The dangers of failing to yield when making a left turn

Two drivers traveling on a Nevada roadway in opposite directions may have different responsibilities under the Nevada motor vehicle rules, particularly if one decides to make a turn. A motorist who forgets this obvious but necessary rule puts him or herself and others at great risk of injury or even death.

Accidents frequently happen when an operator of a left-turning vehicle does not properly ensure it is clear to do so. As reported by U.S. News and World Report, just such an accident recently involved Joe Jackson, father of the late music icon Michael Jackson. Mr. Jackson was riding as a passenger when another car attempting to make a left turn in front of Mr. Jackson’s vehicle struck it. The authorities charged the operator of the left-turning vehicle with failing to yield to Mr. Jackson’s vehicle. Fortunately, after going to the hospital for observation, Mr. Jackson was able to return home.

Car accidents can have tragic consequences

Crashes seem to be happening more and more due to the increased volume of traffic on Nevada roadways these days. Unfortunately, thousands of people are involved in automobile crashes each year. Even minor accidents such as fender benders can cause unwanted stress to those affected. Car accidents can be very traumatic experiences, but when the at-fault driver flees the scene, it only exacerbates the trauma and stress of those involved. Las Vegas police are seeking information after a driver fled the scene of a recent fatal accident.

Although police are still searching for more information, reports indicate that the accident was a result of excessive speed. Reports state that a pickup truck plowed through a bus shelter and overturned in an adjacent lot. According to police, the driver of the pickup truck was a male teenager who fled the scene along with another male passenger.

Your responsibility in a Nevada car accident

No matter where you are, in the case of a car accident you should take certain steps. However, depending upon the area you are in there may be specific rules and regulations that you should be aware of.

Particularly in Nevada, there are a few statutes that you must heed in order to ensure your safety and possibly help your case should you decide to seek a personal injury suit.

Woman awarded $300,000 after successful premises liability claim

It's summer in Nevada, and as populations rise, there are more and more people using facilities for fun and recreation. Property and business owners have a duty to provide a safe environment for all visitors. Unfortunately, visitors are sometimes injured due to the negligence of irresponsible property owners. A woman in another state was recently awarded $300,000 from a premises liability lawsuit she filed after she allegedly suffered injury from tripping on a rug.

The woman was a volunteer at a recreation center in another state. According to the lawsuit, the woman warned people of a rug that could be a possible tripping hazard at the recreation center. The woman claimed the rug was never removed. She ended up tripping over the rug and suffering serious injuries.

Pedestrian accidents are continuing to rise

Nevada cities are booming these days and populations are on the rise. An increasing population means there are more vehicles on the road than ever before having to co-exist with pedestrians walking along crowded city streets. With vehicles and pedestrians in such close proximity, pedestrian accidents are almost inevitable. Unfortunately, they are often fatal. A Las Vegas pedestrian was recently killed after being struck by a car.

The accident happened during the early morning hours on a popular Las Vegas roadway. According to reports, a car was traveling south in the middle lane of the highway and hit an elderly female pedestrian that was attempting to cross the street with a walker. The car struck the pedestrian and knocked her to the ground.

Why Nevada Is Home To A High Number Of Truck Accidents

In an average year in the United States, nearly 4,000 people die as a result of a trucking accident. Tens of thousands more are injured in such incidents. Owing to the unusual number of visitors that come to the state each year, and the supplies brought in to cater to them, Nevada – and Las Vegas in particular – is home to a disproportionately high number of these trucking accidents.

In the majority of cases, it’s not the truck driver who’s hurt. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), nearly 70 percent of victims are drivers of passenger vehicles. Another 15 percent of the victims are pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists. 

In Nevada, Pedestrian Fatalities Are On The Rise

The rate of pedestrian traffic fatalities is rising across the United States – and the increase in deaths in Nevada is significantly sharper than the national average. According to a recent study conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Association, pedestrian fatalities (i.e. when an automobile hits a pedestrian) rose nationwide by about 11 percent between 2015 and 2016. In Nevada, the rate increase stood at roughly 24 percent.

This is no real surprise. In 2016, the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) declared that pedestrian fatalities had reached an “epidemic level.” In an effort to reduce the number of deaths, NDOT launched a multi-pronged campaign to raise awareness about the dangers posed to pedestrians along the roads in Las Vegas and throughout the state. 

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