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People often assume catastrophic car accidents won’t happen to them. Yet, thousands of unsuspecting people become victims in serious car wrecks every year, in Las Vegas and throughout the country. Negligent drivers, unsafe roads and other dangerous conditions put drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians perpetually at risk. If you or someone you love has been in a car crash in Las Vegas, come to Claggett & Sykes Law Firm for experienced legal counsel and representation. Claggett & Sykes Law Firm offers free case evaluations for car accident claims in Nevada. Keep our number in case you ever need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer. Call (702) 333-7777 to speak with one of our attorneys today.
If you were involved in a collision and you suffered serious injuries, we encourage you to seek immediate medical treatment – your health is your top priority. Delaying medical care can result in worsened injuries and a longer recovery time. It can also work against you should you pursue a personal injury claim. The judge or jury could see your delay as proof that your injuries weren’t severe or painful. Explain to your doctor what happened during your crash. Keep records of your medical bills, diagnosis, and treatment plan. Here is what to do after a crash
Looking at the number of car collisions in Nevada can help you understand how many people are affected by negligent driving. Nevada has a Zero Fatality safe-driving plan in place with the goal of getting the statistics down to zero deaths per year. The plan focuses on the most common causes of accidents and high-risk locations throughout the state, such as intersections. According to data from the latest Nevada Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP), 309 people died and 2,377 sustained serious injuries at intersections in Nevada from 2011 to 2015. Here are a few other facts about intersection accidents:
Intersections aren’t the only locations that pose threats to Nevada’s drivers. The Nevada Department of Transportation also focuses on improving the safety of roundabouts, highways, and rural roads. Overall, there were 321 traffic deaths in Nevada in 2015. Clark County has the highest number of traffic fatalities every year, accounting for 136 deaths in 2016. Vehicle occupants account for the most accident-related deaths and serious injuries in Nevada. In fact, 66 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in 2016, compared to 32 motorcyclists, 29 pedestrians and two bicyclists.
If you’ve suffered an injury from a car crash in Las Vega, you need an attorney who is both experienced in Nevada law and compassionate. Car crashes can occur in limitless scenarios, but some are more common than others. There are also certain factors unique to Las Vegas; for example, the large number of tourists – people who are unfamiliar with the highways and often there to party – contribute to car accidents in our area.
Some of the most common causes of car crashes in Las Vegas include:
In Las Vegas, as well as around the nation, distracted driving plays a role in many car accidents. We normally associate distracted driving with cell phone use, but the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration defines it as anything that takes your attention off the road. Examples include:
Even having a conversation with a passenger can be distracted driving. To reduce your risk of a collision on Las Vegas roads, take care of everything before you leave the house: get your radio to the right station and your mirrors at a perfect angle. Wake up early enough to eat breakfast so you won’t be tempted to hit the drive thru. Finally, stash your phone out of reach so you can’t check Facebook.
Las Vegas is the premiere destination for bachelor and bachelorette parties, as well as a place for people who just want to blow off steam. As a result, Las Vegas is the nationwide leader in DUIs, with some 8,000 arrests annually. There are a few simple ways to reduce your risk of a car crash where a DUI plays a role:
Another common cause of accidents in Las Vegas stems from the layout of the city itself. The city features square mile blocks with six lane streets. There are stoplights every mile, which translates to consistently gridlocked streets. It’s not hard to imagine how this setup could lead to car accidents – drivers become increasingly frustrated, may give in to “road rage,” or could simply be less cautious than they would be otherwise. Gridlock accidents can lead to rear-end crashes or sideswiping from changing lanes.
Failing to yield the right-of-way is a final leading cause of car accidents in Las Vegas. There are several reasons that these types of crashes are so common. Firstly, as a metropolis with lots of traffic, commuters are in a hurry to get to their destination. Secondly, there are a lot of tourists driving around in a city with which they’re not familiar. Car accidents are more common when one party involved does not know the rules of the road.
Car crashes in Las Vegas can occur in a wide variety of ways, but some are more common than others. By recognizing the common causes of car accidents, you can more effectively reduce your risk of being in an accident. If you suffered harm in a Las Vegas car accident, contact a car accident attorney for a free review of your legal options.
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) aims to increase the safety of the state’s roadways. The roads undergo maintenance and infrastructure improvements annually, yet these efforts do not always result in safe roadways. Too often, a poorly designed road or hazardous condition causes preventable wrecks. The more you know about Nevada’s roadway maintenance programs, facts, and infrastructure information, the better you can protect yourself from accidents. Here are a few facts about Nevada’s current transportation network and roadway conditions, according to a 2016 NDOT report:
Keeping up with the locations of major construction projects can help you avoid those areas and reduce your risk of related collisions. Unfortunately, no matter how much effort the NDOT puts into increasing driver and pedestrian safety, there will always be opportunities for collisions.
Distracted driving is a major contributor to car accidents in Clark County. Reckless and negligent drivers engage in distracted driving because they think they can safely multitask. This is never the case. It is impossible for drivers to dedicate 100% of their attention to the road when they are using a mobile device, eating, drinking, or distracted in any way. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,477 people died from distracted driving in 2015. Texting and driving is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving.
It’s illegal to use a cell phone or other electronic devices while driving in Nevada. As of 2012, drivers cannot text, send messages, read emails, or make phone calls while operating a vehicle. Nevada’s device laws are primary, meaning law enforcement officers need no other reason to make traffic stops and issue citations. The penalties range from fines of $50 for a first offense to as much as $250 with a six-month license suspension for subsequent offenses. The only state-approved devices are in-vehicle systems that use voice command, hands-free devices, and voice-operated GPS systems.
Las Vegas is a major city for drinking and driving accidents. “Sin City” is famous for the Strip – where it’s legal to walk around with open containers of alcohol. People travel from all over the world to drink, gamble, and party in Clark County. Sadly, this leads to hundreds of alcohol-related collisions in the region every year. From 2011 to 2015, 369 people died and 708 were seriously injured in alcohol-related wrecks in Nevada. Most of these accidents (65%) occurred in Clark County. Male drivers between the ages of 26 and 35 were the largest demographic in these types of fatal and injurious accidents.
The majority of drunk-driving crashes in Clark County occurred on the weekends, with fatalities peaking on Saturdays and serious injuries peaking on Sundays. About 50% of impaired fatalities occurred in overturn accidents, followed by vehicle-pedestrian collisions (25%) and fixed-object accidents (25%). The most common types of alcohol-related crashes in Nevada are single-vehicle, angle, non-collision, rear-end, head-on, sideswipe, and overtaking. The Nevada SHSP strives to reduce drinking and driving through maximized driving under the influence (DUI) enforcement, educational campaigns, and focus on DUI crashes related to drugs.
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