August 2017 Archives

Bicycle Deaths Rising

Bike riding has grown in popularity in Las Vegas and across the nation because of the benefits for physical fitness, the environment, and gas savings. This has a fatal downside, however, as car accidents have proven fatal to bicyclists. After reaching a record low in 2010, bicyclists’ deaths rose by 12.2 percent from one year… Read more »

Nevada Ranked On DUI Enforcement

Motorists and pedestrians in Nevada face the risk of injury or even death from a car accident caused by a drunk driver. Like other states, Nevada has laws to combat this problem and punish violators. A study done this year placed Nevada 18th in the country for DUI enforcement. It was ranked 23rd in the… Read more »

When Is Uber Liable For An Auto Accident?

Q: An Uber driver crashed into my vehicle. Does the driver’s personal liability policy apply or does Uber’s? A: Which liability policy will apply generally depends on the Uber driver’s “status” at the time of the crash. Here is an overview of the different statuses and their respective coverages: OFFLINE (the vehicle is driven solely… Read more »

How Alcohol Consumption Can Result in Pedestrian Deaths in Vegas

When you are in Las Vegas, you walk around a lot. Specifically, you walk between casinos, shopping centers, restaurants and clubs. Public drinking is also generally legal in Vegas, meaning you might be intoxicated as you walk around. Whether you have been drinking or not, drivers may also be under the influence of alcohol or… Read more »

Determining Fault After a Car Accident

If you have been injured or suffered property damage in a car accident, you may want to recover damages for your medical expenses, lost wages and other accident-related costs. In order to recover damages, you will have to determine who caused the accident. The at-fault party will then be held liable for damages resulting from… Read more »

Who’s Liable In A Multi-Vehicle Rear-End Collision?

Q: I was traveling in stop-and-go traffic when I felt two impacts to the rear of my vehicle. Upon exiting my vehicle I realized I had been involved in a multi-vehicle rear-end collision with two other vehicles. The driver of the rear-most-vehicle claims the middle vehicle rear-ended me first, and that he in turn rear-ended… Read more »

Valid Marijuana DUI Test Still High Priority

The recent legalization of recreational marijuana in Nevada poses new challenges for preventing car accidents. Unlike tests for a drunk driver, there is no generally recognized standard or marijuana DUI test that can be used to assess a driver who is impaired from marijuana. Blood testing research illustrates this problem even though some law enforcement… Read more »

What Happens If My Airbag Didn’t Deploy?

Q: I was involved in a car accident and my airbag did not deploy. May I sue the manufacturer? A: Airbag cases are complicated. You must prove not only that the circumstances were such that the airbag should have deployed, but also that you sustained injuries that you would not otherwise have incurred but for… Read more »

Nevada Accidents and Punitive Damages

Recently, Las Vegas news outlets reported on an unidentified woman who stole a pick-up truck and proceeded to cause a series of crashes. According to reporters, she intentionally crashed into a patrol vehicle, then continued speeding as she crashed into several other cars on her way. In most car accidents, the plaintiff must prove negligence… Read more »