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Nevada car accident statistics

Traffic accidents are a fact of life in the modern United States. With so many cars and trucks on the road, the country's roadways are increasingly under pressure and the older infrastructure created decades ago can be seen to be deteriorating. In states like Nevada, where getting from place to place is very dependent on the use of private vehicles, car and truck crashes continue to be a significant cost to both individuals and the public at large, in Las Vegas and around the state.

How exactly do traffic accidents affect Nevada residents? First off, over 1,300 people were killed in accidents in the state from 2010 to 2014. This comes out to an average of over 260 people a year. In 2014, the state's rate of motor vehicle fatalities was greater than the national average, with 1.15 people being killed for every 100 million vehicle miles traveled. In Las Vegas itself, almost 200 people per year lost their lives over the three-year period from 2010 to 2014. Apart from the loss of life, such accidents cost Nevada residents over $2.4 billion in 2014, including medical costs, property damage, legal and court costs and emergency services costs.

What is vicarious liability in car accidents?

Let's say you're driving along a Las Vegas street, and begin making a left turn at an intersection with a green light. Suddenly, a truck comes barreling down the street and hits your car, broadside. Your car is totaled, and you are likely to be seriously injured. Unfortunately, after paying medical bills and going through rehabilitation, while missing months of work, you find out that the truck driver who hit you is broke. Are you completely out of luck in terms of recouping any compensation?

Not necessarily. Of course, it's possible that the insurance held by the truck driver pays some of your expenses, but insurance policies have limits. And what if the diver wasn't insured? If the vehicle involved in the accident was a commercial truck, the driver may have been an employee of a company. If this is the case, it may be possible that the company can be held liable for the actions of its worker.

We pursue justice for motorcycle accident victims

Many folks in Nevada know that when it comes to the various modes of transportation, nothing beats motorcycles for combining speed and fresh air. Motorcycles can be both a fast and efficient method of getting from point A to point B and back again. Unfortunately, some people have suffered serious and even fatal injuries while riding motorcycles.

We discussed one of these cases here last week. Reports indicated that an SUV driver turned in front of a motorcycle rider, knocking the motorcyclist to the ground. The motorcyclist was transported to the hospital but was pronounced dead. The SUV driver was uninjured in the accident.

Motorcycle accident kills Las Vegas man

Las Vegas has its share of attractions for both residents and visitors. From the glitz of 'the strip' to the natural beauty of the surrounding desert and mountains, there's a little something for everyone. Many people in Vegas ride motorcycles, enjoying the freedom of flat highways and the view of neon cityscape and pristine vista alike. Unfortunately, motorcycles can be dangerous vehicles for riders, with little protection between them and the bare roadway, save a helmet and whatever clothing the individual decides to wear.

For example, one unlucky rider was killed while riding his bike recently in the Northeast Valley area. The 28-year-old man was driving his motorcycle on Christy Lane, when an SUV turned left in front of him from Lake Mead Boulevard. The motorcycle struck the SUV and the rider was thrown onto the road. After being transported to a local hospital, the unfortunate motorcyclist was pronounced dead. The 75-year-old driver of the SUV had no reported injuries.

What to do if a valet attendant damages my car?

You may enjoy the convenience of paying a little money to have your vehicle valet parked when you are on the strip. After all, you do not have to spend so much of your time driving and looking for a close parking spot. When you give the valet attendant your keys, the one thing that may be furthest from your mind is your car being damaged while in the care of a facility‚Äôs valet service. 

Getting valet services to accept responsibility for property damages that happen to vehicles left in their care is complicated. To minimize the chances of you having to deal with this type of situation, take heed of the following advice: 

Minimum insurance requirements for commercial vehicles

Many trucks and busses that pass through Las Vegas are either coming from or on their way to another part of the country. As such, the drivers and the companies that own these vehicles are likely subject to federal rules and regulations governing how they operate their business.

One of these rules pertains to insurance, as the federal government expects these types of vehicles to carry additional liability insurance in case they are involved in commercial vehicle accidents that are the fault of the truck driver. This additional liability insurance is required even though the State of Nevada ordinarily requires much less insurance from those who are simply driving personal vehicles.

Properly communicating with the other driver's insurer

Accidents happen on a daily basis. If you are in a car accident and it is not your fault, you may be able to get a substantial settlement to compensate for your pain and suffering.

Though your insurance company is there to help, the other party's insurer most likely will not be. Therefore, there are a few things to know when you communicate with the other driver's insurer.

Sideguards reduce truck fatalities

Relatively unsophisticated devices can decrease the severity of trucking accidents in Nevada. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety recently tested an aftermarket device that blocked a midsize passenger vehicle from sliding beneath a truck trailer in a 40 mph test in August.

These crashes, known as truck underride accidents, are deadly. There were 1,542 passenger car occupants killed in collisions with tractor-trailers in 2015. Of these accidents, 301 involved truck underride accidents, while 292 involved rear-end collisions.

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Dimopoulos Injury Law is conveniently located in southwest Las Vegas, and we serve clients throughout the area. To discuss your case with a skilled personal injury lawyer, call us at 702-706-1138 or send us an email. 

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