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Pedestrian accidents have risen dramatically across the country

Accidents involving vehicles and pedestrians are on the rise in Nevada cities. According to records, pedestrian fatalities have risen sharply in recent years and are at an all time high across the United States. Many factors have contributed to the rise in pedestrian accidents, and some of the most common involve cell phone usage and distracted drivers. Visibility also plays a role in these accidents, as roughly 75 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents happen at night. To prevent accidents, both drivers and pedestrians should avoid distractions and remained focused at all times.

A recent hit-and-run accident in Las Vegas left a pedestrian seriously injured. The accident happened during the evening hours on East Charleston. Reports say a Nissan SUV veered into oncoming traffic and struck a vehicle. According to reports, the vehicle that was impacted then struck a pedestrian who was in a crosswalk.

Car accidents with semitrailers often have fatal consequences

The major highways and interstates that conveniently crisscross the state of Nevada are frequently used by commercial traffic. In somewhat of a symbiotic relationship, large commercial vehicles such as semitrailers harmoniously share these roadways with smaller passenger cars and trucks. However, when these big rigs and other large commercial vehicles are involved in car accidents, the consequences can be deadly, most often for the occupants of smaller vehicles.

A recent crash involving a semitrailer and several other vehicles claimed the lives of two men. The accident happened on U.S. 93 just outside of Las Vegas. Reports said traffic was stopped at a construction site along the highway when a tractor-trailer failed to yield to the stopped traffic and barreled into several vehicles.

Steps for when you are in an accident in a rental car

Millions of tourists continue to flock to Las Vegas every year. In 2016 alone, over 42 million people visited the area, which resulted in over $35 billion in tourism revenue. 

There are many ways to get around the strip, and some tourists prefer the convenience of renting a car while they are here. Due to a lack of familiarity with the local roadways or fatigue, a tourist could easily end up in a car accident while operating a rental vehicle. After such an incident, people may feel worried because they have another company's car. Fortunately, the steps to take are similar to those when you are in an accident in your own vehicle. 

Many motorcycle accidents result in death or serious injury

For many people, the natural beauty of Nevada is best enjoyed from behind the handle bars of a motorcycle. Nevada is home to an abundance of scenic roadways that thousands of motorcyclists enjoy every year. Unfortunately, those who travel by motorcycle are faced with unique dangers and challenges that those in passenger vehicles typically are exempt from. Due to their smaller size, motorcycles can be more difficult for other drivers to see, which is a primary cause of many motorcycle accidents.

A recent accident in Henderson resulted in the death of a motorcyclist. Accident reports said the motorcyclist was traveling east approaching an intersection with a green light. Reportedly, the driver of a Nissan SUV was traveling the opposite direction and attempted a left turn at the intersection.

Drunk driver accidents continue to be a problem in Nevada

Unfortunately, thousands of people each year in Nevada and across the country choose to get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol. Driving while intoxicated is one of the most dangerous and irresponsible things a person can do. According to recent statistics, drunk driver accidents account for almost 30 percent of all traffic related deaths every year in the United States. Those who are found guilty of drunk driving can face significant fines and jail time.

Recently, a woman from Carson City was found guilty of DUI charges after a fatal crash. Reports said the woman crossed the center line of Highway 50 and drove into the path of an oncoming vehicle. The woman's car crashed head-on into a minivan, authorities said

Auto-pedestrian accidents: The tragedies of Las Vegas

Las Vegas is the largest city in Nevada and also one of the most famous cities in the world. The most iconic and well-recognized features of this beautiful city are the bright lights of the Strip, which offer picturesque views especially at night. Visitors from all over the world come to the city for the experience of walking down the strip while sampling the first-class entertainment that is so abundant here. However, with the increased foot traffic also comes the increased risk for auto-pedestrian accidents. Accidents involving pedestrians have been steadily increasing every year in Las Vegas.

One man recently lost his life while attempting to cross a city street. The accident happened on Eastern Avenue near an intersection. Report said the pedestrian was struck by a car in the middle lane just as the the man was attempting to cross the street.

Car accidents: Violent wrong-way crash in Reno kills 4 people

Nevada is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the United States. Because of this, many people are choosing to visit and take up residence here. The sudden influx of traffic can equate to more car accidents. A fatal wrong-way accident on Interstate 80 near Reno recently made headlines.

The accident occurred just before midnight in the westbound travel lanes of Interstate 80 around mile marker 29. According to reports, a Chrysler sedan was headed eastbound in the westbound left lane. The Chrysler violently collided head-on with a Honda Civic that was traveling westbound, reports say.

Steps to take after a rear-end collision

Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of traffic accidents that occur. In a vast majority of cases, the injuries and car damage are not as severe as in other types of crashes. However, they can still be deadly. Take a recent instance in Las Vegas of a driver who rear-ended a semi-truck. Police pronounced the driver of the car dead at the scene.

While most rear-end collisions do not result in fatalities, it is still important to follow a strict set of guidelines to ensure your insurance claims process goes smoothly. 

Tips for driving safely in Las Vegas

When you come to Las Vegas on vacation, it may be intimidating figuring out how to deal with traffic, pedestrians, parking and rental cars. It is true that getting around The Strip can be confusing, but you do not have to figure it out on your own. Here is a quick guide to driving around Las Vegas: 

Be ready for traffic

Auto-pedestrian accidents continue to increase in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is quickly becoming one of the largest cities in the United States. The city has grown exponentially in recent years as more and more people move here to experience the world-class entertainment and abundant economic opportunities that are now available. This means city sidewalks are crowded with pedestrian traffic, while city streets are congested with vehicular traffic. With pedestrians and vehicles in such close proximity, it's only a matter of time before auto-pedestrian accidents happen.

Recently, a pedestrian died after being struck by a vehicle. The accident occurred around 10 p.m. near Bent Arrow Drive and Camino Eldorado Parkway. According to Las Vegas police, the pedestrian was attempting to cross the street when he was struck by a Cadillac sedan.

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