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Auto accident: 326 lives were lost on Nevada roads last year

The Nevada Department of Public Safety and the Department of Transportation recently hosted the Nevada Traffic Safety Summit. They set a goal to lower the number of fatalities on Nevada roads by 50 percent by the year 2030. Reportedly, auto accident deaths totaled 32,000 people in the Unites States in 2015.

A spokesperson for the Office of Traffic Safety compared this number to a fully loaded jumbo jet crashing every week. After the second airplane crash, something would be done about it. Consequently, she believes something needs to be done about the number of road deaths. Fatal accidents in Nevada claimed 262 victims in 2013, 296 in 2014 and 326 last year. She also noted that pedestrian accidents -- especially in Clark County -- are a great concern, along with the failure of motorists to wear safety belts.

One mother lost her 18-year-old son and his girlfriend to a drunk driver. She is spending her time advocating for road safety. It was said that if every vehicle operator drives in a way that will protect his or her own life, it will also protect the lives of others.

Sadly, the reality is that there will always be one more drunk or careless driver that causes a fatal auto accident. Injured victims of car accidents caused by negligent drivers -- or the surviving family members of those who were killed -- may pursue financial relief through the Nevada judicial system. An experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorney can advocate on behalf of the victim or loved ones to pursue claims for medical and/or end-of-life expenses, other out-of-pocket loses and non-economic damages sustained.

Source: news3lv.com, "Nevada safety officials aim to cut number of traffic deaths in half by 2030", Christine Kim, May 25, 2016

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