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Auto-pedestrian accidents: Woman injured in hit-and-run crash

For residents of Nevada cities such as Las Vegas, walking is a primary source of transportation. Not only is walking economical, it is also very healthy and a great way to stay in shape. Due to the high traffic volumes in and around Las Vegas, many people here choose to walk instead of drive. Unfortunately, higher traffic volumes combined with higher numbers of pedestrians is a recipe for auto-pedestrian accidents.

Recently, a woman was critically injured after being struck by a vehicle while walking her dog. The accident happened at West Carey Avenue and Lexington Street during the morning hours. According to reports, the woman was walking her dog along the sidewalk when an out-of-control vehicle suddenly struck the woman and her dog. Authorities said the woman suffered critical head and spinal injuries and rushed to a hospital.

What are the most common causes of truck accidents?

Hitting the road for a weekend in Vegas can be the best impromptu vacation. Nothing makes the journey more frustrating, however, than a long stretch of semitrucks along the interstate. An accident can completely derail your trip altogether.

If you sustain injuries or vehicle damage, you may be able to hold the other driver or the trucking company responsible for the repairs. The state of Nevada observes tort procedures in car accidents. In other words, the person liable for damages is the person whose actions caused the collision. These three circumstances often lift the blame from your shoulders if you were driving the smaller car.

Despite public awareness, drunk driver accidents still happen

In recent years, officials and law enforcement agencies across the state of Nevada have done an excellent job of educating the public about the dangers of drunk driving. Unfortunately, drunk driver accidents are still happening at an alarming rate. Driving while intoxicated is incredibly dangerous and reckless. Those who get behind the wheel while intoxicated endanger the lives of all those around them. Recently in Las Vegas, another life was senselessly lost in a crash caused by an alleged drunk driver.

The crash happened during the early morning hours on Pecos Road near Tropicana Avenue. Reports said a driver was speeding on Pecos Road and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle ran off the road and into a parking lot, striking a sedan that was parked, reports said.

Motorcycle accidents: Tragic crash kills high school student

Motorcycles can definitely be a fun and enjoyable way to travel. The relatively dry weather in Nevada makes this a great state for motorcyclists. However, motorcycles can also be incredibly dangerous, especially on crowded city streets. Due to their smaller profile, motorcycles can sometimes be difficult for other motorists to see, which is a cause of many motorcycle accidents.

Recently, a tragic accident involving a motorcycle in Las Vegas claimed the life of a local high school student. The accident happened near the intersection of West Lake Mead Boulevard and North Buffalo Drive. According to reports, the student was on his motorcycle when a car pulled out of a nearby parking lot and attempted to make a U-turn.

Las Vegas crowds, fireworks and added risks to pedestrians

The Fourth of July will be here before you know it. That means more visitors coming to Las Vegas to celebrate and take in some outstanding fireworks displays.

You will probably spend some time enjoying the coming events on foot, but remember that pedestrian accidents are common in Las Vegas and increased crowds pose an added danger to walkers.

Drunk driver accidents: Another life lost in a senseless crash

Driving under the influence of alcohol is reckless, incredibly irresponsible and completely unacceptable. Those who get behind the wheel while intoxicated not only endanger themselves, they endanger the lives of all those around them. It's common knowledge that drinking and driving do not mix, yet so many people in Nevada continue to drive while impaired. Every year in the United States, drunk driver accidents kill and injure thousands of people.

Recently in Las Vegas, a crash caused by a suspected drunk driver claimed the life of one man and seriously injured another. The crash happened at the intersection of Rainbow and Craig during the overnight hours. According to reports, a driver ran the red light at the intersection and crashed into another vehicle.

NHP enforces Click It or Ticket to combat deadly car accidents

It's no secret that motor vehicle crashes are on the rise across the country. In an effort to reduce death and serious injuries in car accidents, seat belt laws have been established not only in Nevada, but in every state. To enforce seat belt usage, law enforcement agencies across the country participate in an awareness campaign known as Click It or Ticket. This year, the Nevada Highway Patrol will be participating in a Border to Border seat belt awareness event organized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The NHP says it takes seat belts seriously and will be taking a no excuses approach, writing tickets day and night during the Click It or Ticket campaign. In 2017, over 10,000 unbuckled motorists were killed in crashes in the United States, according to the NHTSA. Through seat-belt education and enforcement, the NHP is focused on trying to prevent serious injuries and fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.

Despite safety improvements, pedestrian accidents still happen

Las Vegas is one of the top tourists destinations in the United States. Every year, thousands of people visit this city known as the Entertainment Capital of the World. There will inevitably be even more pedestrians present on and around city streets as tourist season approaches. Unfortunately, cities in Nevada have seen an increase in pedestrian accidents in recent years. Any accident of this type is traumatic, but when the at-fault driver flees the scene the experience can be devastating for victims and families.

A recent hit-and-run accident in Las Vegas claimed the life of a pedestrian. The accident happened on North El Capitan Way during the morning hours. According to reports, a pedestrian was attempting to cross the street in a marked crosswalk when he was suddenly struck by the driver of a pickup truck.

Who pays for injuries from rideshare crashes in Las Vegas?

If you were to sustain injuries in a taxi accident in Las Vegas, the taxi business would probably have some sort of insurance that would cover the driver's — or the company's own — liability. For a rideshare service, even though some may consider it a taxi of operation, the company may not have to offer the same protections.

This is not as much of a personal injury lawsuit issue as it is an employee classification problem. The law regarding companies like Uber's drivers' employee versus independent contractor status would be the defining factor in whether the company had to provide insurance to cover its drivers. What this means to you is that by taking a taxi, you would likely have a more certain injury coverage than if you were taking an independent contractor driving for Uber.

Motorcycle accidents are more likely to be fatal

Nevada is a great state for motorcyclists. The climate here makes traveling by motorcycle very enjoyable almost year-round. Of course, motorcyclists face different kinds of dangers than those who travel in passenger vehicles. It's not the motorcycles themselves that are so dangerous, but the other vehicles on the road. Tragically, motorcycle accidents typically result in very serious injuries or death.

A recent crash in Las Vegas claimed the life of a motorcyclist. The accident occurred during the evening hours on West Lake Mead Boulevard at Lirio Way near Jones Boulevard. According to reports, a car was attempting to make a left turn on Lirio Way and pulled into the path of an oncoming motorcyclist.

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