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Speeding greatly increases odds for car accidents

Driving these days requires constant focus and attention as roadways across the state of Nevada become more and more crowded and congested. One of the most important things drivers can do to prevent car accidents is to slow down. Recent statistics say that speeding is the number one cause of motor vehicle accidents in the United States, contributing to almost one third of all traffic related deaths. Even though there are laws against speeding and reckless driving, accidents due to speeding still occur and are often fatal.

Police say speed may have caused a recent fatal accident in Henderson. Three people were killed in the deadly accident. The accident occurred at an intersection and involved a Jeep Liberty and a Dodge pickup truck, reports say.

Patience is key in preventing car wrecks

Roadways in Nevada and across America these days are crowded and fraught with peril. An increasing number of vehicles sharing the road means highways and byways quickly become congested. Road rage is becoming a real issue in today's world as increasingly impatient drivers deal with traffic jams and a host of other modern distractions. Angry and impatient drivers lead to aggressive driving maneuvers that can cause car wrecks and endanger the lives of all those around them. According to recent statistics, 66 percent of all traffic fatalities in the United States are caused by aggressive driving.

Authorities say a recent fatal accident on Interstate 15 in Nevada may be the result of road rage and aggressive driving. Four vehicles were involved in the crash. Reports say the driver of a Jeep lost control while attempting to pass a BMW, striking the BMW. The impact caused the BMW to cross over the median where it collided with a Mini Cooper traveling in the opposite direction.

Halloween pedestrian safety in Las Vegas

Halloween is a night of chills and thrills in Las Vegas for adults and children alike. Unfortunately, though, some of the chills turn out to be real when pedestrians get injured or killed in car accidents. In fact, the pedestrian risk of fatalities doubles, and the risk of a drink-related fatality increases by 17 percent.

So, here is a look at how big and little pedestrians in Las Vegas can stay safe.

Car accidents involving drunk drivers are on the rise

Despite increased public awareness and education, driving under the influence of alcohol is an unfortunate problem across the state of Nevada. Driving is a privilege that should not be taken for granted, but there will always be those who irresponsibly choose to operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated. When under the influence of alcohol, driving becomes incredibly dangerous and car accidents become a very real threat. A recent Las Vegas car accident involving an alleged drunk driver sent two people to the hospital.

The accident occurred on Interstate 15 in Las Vegas. Authorities say they received calls about a southbound driver in the northbound lanes of the interstate. According to reports, the wrong-way driver was in a Ford Mustang and collided with a Ford F-150, which then set off a chain reaction. In total, 5 vehicles were involved in the accident, police said.

Auto-pedestrian accidents are on the rise across Nevada

Roadways are becoming more and more crowded in the state of Nevada. Increasing numbers of vehicles and pedestrians are sharing city streets as populations continue to rise in cities across the state. Unfortunately, not all drivers are careful behind the wheel, especially with the abundance of distractions that drivers face these days. Distracted and careless drivers combined with increased foot traffic can mean that auto-pedestrian accidents are almost inevitable. These types of accidents can turn deadly in a hurry, as evidenced in a recent Reno crash that killed a pedestrian.

Police reports say that the driver of the vehicle was headed south along a well-traveled Reno street and struck a pedestrian. According to investigators, the impact was forceful enough to throw the pedestrian over the car and into a lane of eastbound traffic. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene of the crash.

Alleged slip and fall results in injuries to shopper

Each year, thousands of people visit stores and shops across the great state of Nevada. The vast majority of businesses and shops in Nevada are safe and welcome visitors. Although in the minority, there will always be those property owners who neglect to maintain their properties. Potential hazards like water left on the floor can cause shoppers to slip and fall. When hazards or neglect cause injuries to visitors, property and business owners can be held legally responsible.

A man in another state filed a lawsuit after he allegedly slipped and fell in a Sav-A-Lot grocery store. The man claims he was shopping at the store and slipped on sugar that had spilled onto the floor. The lawsuit alleges that the man suffered physical injuries due to the fall.

How to handle an accident with an uninsured driver

Getting into a car accident is never a good thing. When the accident is caused by a driver who does not have insurance, things go from bad to worse. You are stuck footing the bill, and the chances are pretty good you will never recoup the loss from the responsible party or at least will have a very hard time doing it.

If you find yourself in this situation, there are some things you can do. There is also one very smart move you can make before an auto accident ever occurs to protect yourself.

As populations increase, so do auto-pedestrian accidents

Nevada cities are thriving these days, which means more and more people are moving to Nevada to take advantage of the great opportunities the state has to offer. With roadways becoming more and more crowded, a lot of people choose walking as their main source of transportation. Unfortunately, crowded roadways combined with crowded sidewalks means auto-pedestrian accidents are almost inevitable. Recently, some Las Vegas pedestrians were injured when a vehicle left the roadway and struck them on a sidewalk.

The Las Vegas accident occurred during the nighttime hours along Civic Center Drive. Police reports say a sedan was traveling northbound and left the roadway. As the vehicle left the roadway, it struck 3 pedestrians who were on the sidewalk, according to reports.

3 reasons every driver should have collision coverage

After a car accident in Nevada, your immediate concerns are about injuries, but soon, your focus moves on to damage. If your vehicle is heavily damaged, you may be worried about repairs. What will you drive in the meantime? How will you get your vehicle operational again? What will it all cost? One way to prevent worries and concerns over affording the costs to fix damage is to have collision coverage on your auto insurance.

According to The Simple Dollar, collision coverage offers you three distinct protections. This can help prevent you from suffering financial strain due to trying to repair your vehicle.

Man injured by faulty door pursues premises liability claim

Business and property owners in Nevada and across the country have a legal responsibility to keep their establishments and properties safe for all visitors. Failure to eliminate hazards and adequately maintain property can create an unsafe environment that has the potential to cause injuries to all those who visit. Water leaks, inadequate lighting and defective equipment are just a few examples of potentially dangerous hazards that could cause harm to visitors. A man in another state was allegedly injured due to unsafe conditions when visiting a grocery store, and he has filed a premises liability lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, the man was shopping at the grocery store and was allegedly hit in the head by a roll-up metal door that was over his head. The plaintiff claims the collision with the door caused him significant injury. Reportedly, they included injuries to his head, body and limbs.

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