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Traffic safety forum held to address uptick in car accidents

On the road, its common knowledge that an accident can happen at any time in the blink of an eye. Roadways are more dangerous than ever before in the state of Nevada. But how dangerous are they? According to reports, there were 331 total deaths due to car accidents last year in Nevada, which is the highest total in a decade. Reducing traffic related fatalities was the main focus of a recent traffic safety forum held in Las Vegas.

The forum was hosted by the Clark County Commissioner along with other government officials and local law enforcement officers. The Commissioner said he is very aware of the uptick in traffic related deaths and it is imperative to understand the depth of this problem. The forum looked at various ways to reduce traffic accidents, injuries and deaths.

The captain of Metro Traffic said this problem can't be solved by policing alone, but rather a change in mindset needs to take place. He believes traffic fatalities are preventable and said that problems can be mitigated by a change in traffic behaviors. One director for the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada said that another way to mitigate the traffic problem is improve road designs and urged communities to begin planning complete street designs.

At the forum, there were many traffic improvement suggestions. However, due to the increased traffic volumes, car accidents will continue to happen. Those in Nevada who suffer injuries or loss due to negligence in an accident have the option to take legal action. By filing a lawsuit, victims and families could be awarded much-needed compensation.

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