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Older drivers in Nevada could cause distracted driving accidents

In Nevada, people of all ages take the state's roadways. Sometimes, these drivers will be distracted while behind the wheel. This is generally perceived to be due to cellphone use. However, there are other ways in which a driver can be distracted. Some drivers are impacted in different ways by these distractions. Ironically, one relatively new distraction was created to prevent people from being distracted. Technology that is installed in newer vehicles was found to distract older drivers. This could be a key factor when there is a crash, and the victim seeks compensation through a personal injury claim.

A new study from AAA says that so-called "infotainment" systems are causing older drivers to be more distracted than younger drivers. AAA found that drivers between ages 55 and 75 who used infotainment systems to tune the radio or navigate removed their eyes from the road for eight seconds longer than drivers age 21 to 36 who were doing the same activities. The chance of an auto accident doubles when drivers take their eyes from the road for as little as two seconds. This implies that these devices that were created to improve safety are, in fact, doing the opposite.

Could a minor rear-end crash result in an injury like TBI?

Perhaps you have never experienced a rear-end collision, but you believe that this kind of accident causes more damage to the cars involved than to the occupants.

However, while injuries are often fairly minor in a rear-end crash, the victims are also susceptible to head injuries, especially concussion and its more serious form, traumatic brain injury or TBI.

Nevada road personal injury and fatality stats released

One of the most common ways for people in Nevada to be injured and suffer an untimely death is in an auto accident. These crashes can occur in a variety of ways, but often result from the breach of a motorist's legal duty to drive in a manner that is reasonable under the circumstances. Car accidents may involve motorists, motorcyclists, bicyclists or pedestrians.

The Nevada Office of Traffic Safety released its findings for fatal auto accidents. Compared to the same point in time in 2018, there has been a significant reduction in fatalities in Clark County this year. Overall, the latest numbers show 125 deaths in Nevada to date. Pedestrian fatalities are 19% higher than it was at the same time in 2018. Motorcycle fatalities are up 8%. Bicyclist fatalities are up by 25%. Fatalities with scooters and Mopeds have reduced by half.

Explosion in college dorm in Nevada injures eight people

When Reno residents are in their home, they expect to be safe. This is true whether it is a private residence, a hotel or a college dormitory. Accidents, however, can happen without warning and can occur for a variety of reasons. One thing that people are rarely expecting is an explosion. If it happens, the damage can be catastrophic. Even when people suffer what are deemed "minor" injuries, there can still be extended emotional and financial aftereffects.

An explosion at the University of Nevada, Reno, injured eight people. Investigators say that it was a utilities explosion. A part of the dormitory collapsed. Six of the people who were hurt were treated at the site of the incident. Two were taken to the hospital. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening. The building where the explosion occurred was severely damaged. Another building in the area was also damaged. It is not known precisely why the explosion occurred, but it is believed to have started in the basement with a mechanical problem. The building has seven stories. The investigation is continuing.

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.

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