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Personal injury after accidents could be due to marijuana use

The roads in Reno are dangerous enough with drivers who are under the influence of alcohol, are texting and driving, behave recklessly or are drowsy behind the wheel. People on the road must be vigilant and aware of the potential risks. Still, other dangers lurk and behaviors will inevitably arise that cause more worry. One is marijuana use and people driving while high. Since using recreational cannabis is now legal in Nevada, keeping track of studies as to driver behavior after using it is imperative. A new survey from AAA indicates that this is a troubling problem.

In the study, almost seven in 10 people who took part believe it is unlikely that law enforcement will make a traffic stop because of marijuana use. Within the previous month, nearly 15 million drivers admitted to driving within an hour after using marijuana. This is considered at least as dangerous if not more dangerous than distracted driving or driving under the influence of alcohol. A spokesman for AAA emphasizes how much more potent marijuana is than it was decades ago.

Man and child suffer personal injury in pedestrian accident

When people cross the street in Reno, they must be fully aware of vehicles that are heading their way. This is true even if they follow the rules for pedestrian safety and the vehicles have a red light. Drivers might be distracted, be under the influence or simply be reckless and negligent. This can cause a pedestrian accident. Pedestrians - especially children - are inherently vulnerable to injuries and fatalities when they are hit by a motor vehicle. With all the problems that arise after such a crash, having legal advice on pursuing a personal injury lawsuit is crucial.

A man and his daughter were hit by a car as they crossed the street. The accident occurred at approximately 8 p.m. According to the investigation, the vehicle was heading west and the man and child were in the crosswalk. The driver stayed at the site of the crash and is cooperating with law enforcement. It is not believed that impairment was a factor or that the driver was driving at excessive speed. It is possible that the sun was an issue. The victims' injuries were said to be severe and they were hospitalized.

Teen driver-involved crashes increase during “100 Deadliest Days”

The more time you spend driving, the better a driver you will likely become, and the same holds true for teenagers who are just starting to learn and understand the rules of the road. Because they lack the driving experience that older motorists have, teenagers are more likely to make driving decisions that endanger everyone else on the roadway, and when more teenagers take to the roads, your crash risks typically rise as a result.

In fact, AAA reports that the span of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year is one of the most dangerous times to be on the roads because so many teenagers are out of school and traveling the state’s roadways. This stretch of time is so hazardous, in fact, that it is known as summer’s “100 Deadliest Days.”

In family law, when is a premarital agreement unenforceable?

When they get married, many Nevadans will seek to protect themselves with a premarital agreement. There are many reasons people will do this and it does not necessarily mean that there is a suspicion of ill intent on the part of the other spouse. It could be because one spouse enters the relationship with significantly greater assets than the other spouse. There could be business interests at stake. Or both parties may want to protect themselves in case the marriage does not work out.

Regardless, if there is the unfortunate situation in which a couple decides to divorce and they have premarital agreement, it is not uncommon for there to be questions as to whether or not the document is enforceable. This can be the foundation for an extensive dispute.

Reno pedestrian deaths on the rise

Pedestrians in Reno and across Nevada must be vigilant of vehicles. Since drivers are increasingly distracted, reckless and negligent, there is a constant risk that pedestrians could be struck by a car, resulting in injuries or fatalities. This is true despite law enforcement's attempts to encourage drivers to be cautious and adhere to basic safety procedures to avoid crashes. Because pedestrians are naturally vulnerable, any accident in which a pedestrian is involved can lead to terrible consequences. In the past year, the danger to pedestrians has grown worse.

Statistically and anecdotally, pedestrians are in more jeopardy than ever. So far in 2019, there has been five fatal pedestrian accidents in Reno. According to law enforcement, most of these victims were older than 50. In most incidents, people being under the influence was not a factor. However, there were common denominators in these incidents. In some incidents, the pedestrians were not walking in the crosswalk or wore dark clothing.

Man, 22, needs criminal defense after DUI and vehicular assault

When there is an arrest in Reno, it is possible that there will be more than one offense that crosses the lines of the law into different violations. For example, if a person is charged with driving under the influence and tries to flee law enforcement, there will likely be separate charges. With different charges, there can be harsher penalties and it can be difficult to defend. Fortunately, there are alternatives to deal with the charges. A qualified legal professional experienced in criminal defense can be of assistance.

A 22-year-old man is facing a litany of charges after a series of incidents in the parking lot of a strip club. According to the investigation, officers were called to the scene at around 3 a.m. The man was alleged to have been under the influence. Another man tried to stop him from driving in his condition. He drove off and hit a vehicle. Another witness tried to stop him. The driver is accused of trying to run the witness over as he fled. He went a short distance before crashing into a utility pole. To avoid officers, he fled on foot but was caught. The charges he faces include DUI, driving recklessly, driving without a license, assault and more. He also had a prior misdemeanor for which he failed to appear in court.

Woman arrested for DUI, other charges

When there is an arrest in Reno, it is likely that there will be a variety of charges that overlap. That means a charge of assault could be linked to driving under the influence, hit and run and other crimes. The combination of charges will often lead to the possibility of significant penalties including jail time, fines and the loss of driving privileges. When confronted with a litany of allegations after a series of incidents, it is vital for the person to have a strong criminal defense attorney to begin planning a defense.

A 31-year-old woman was arrested after an altercation with her boyfriend in which she allegedly drove under the influence and rammed his vehicle with hers. The series of incidents occurred after midnight. According to the investigation, the woman drove a white Dodge pickup behind a blue Honda SUV belonging to her boyfriend. The Honda slowed on the highway and the Dodge rear-ended it. She then fled. The driver of the Honda was injured and taken to the hospital, listed in serious condition. The woman was arrested for DUI, hit-and-run and other charges. The investigation is continuing.

Quick tips for maximizing your workers' compensation benefits

Sustaining an injury at your job can be devastating, both financially and physically. Without workers' compensation benefits, you may have a difficult time keeping up with all the expenses, especially with a loss of income. This is why it is vital to do everything you can to file a successful claim.

If you make mistakes during the claims process, you may not receive the compensation you need. Here are a few simple tips for maximizing your workers' compensation benefits. 

Man needs criminal defense after attempted theft and hit and run

For Reno residents who are accused of criminal offenses, there are often situations where one alleged offense leads to a series of others. While being arrested is never easy and can cause problems in a person's life, it is vital to think about the future and have a strong criminal defense. This is especially true when there are multiple charges lodged and, when they are combined, can lead to extensive jail time and other severe consequences.

A 35-year-old man was arrested on multiple offenses after an alleged attempt at theft, driving his vehicle into several other cars and fleeing. The incident occurred in the early morning hours when the owner of a trailer was informed by a neighbor that someone was trying to take the trailer parked outside his home. The man pursued the accused and the accused rammed his vehicle. It then hit nine other parked vehicles. Law enforcement located him and arrested him. He faces charges of grand theft auto, robbery and destruction of property.

In family law, what will be considered with child relocation?

Reno residents whose marriage has ended will have many issues to consider. Children come right to the top of their list of concerns. A common matter in dispute is if the custodial parent decides to relocate with the child. This can impact visitation rights for the noncustodial parent and be worrisome regarding the child's relationship with that parent. A noncustodial parent can try to prevent the relocation if there is justification for doing so. To protect the rights of the noncustodial parent and ensure the best interests of the child are adhered to, the court will weigh certain factors before allowing a relocation. Understanding these factors is imperative for the custodial and noncustodial parent.

The relocating parent is required to demonstrate certain points to the court so the relocation will be approved. There must be a legitimate reason for the move and it must be done in good faith. The move cannot be done just to stop the noncustodial parent's parenting time. The child's best interests must be served if the relocation is approved. Both the child and the relocating parent must be deriving benefit with an advantage if they relocate.

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