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Liability when a Nevada child is injured on another's property


Some in Nevada say, "It takes a village to raise a child," and it is true that children are naturally curious, especially when something seems enticing to them. Unfortunately, children are still learning and developing, so they may not understand when a situation is dangerous and when it is not. Therefore, the law imposes a responsibility on property owners to keep their premises safe for children who may be on it. This is known legally as the "attractive nuisance" doctrine.

For legal purposes, an attractive nuisance is something that would catch a child's interest and draw them onto another person's property. While state law varies, oftentimes an attractive nuisance must be something man-made. For example, a swimming pool, well, or stairway may be an attractive nuisance, while a pond or a large rock may not.

Drivers are over-reliant on advanced safety features

Can there be too much of a good thing? It turns out for safety features; the answer is yes. A study by AAA found that drivers are becoming too reliant on new safety tech in everyday driving.

The study shows how quickly we integrate new technology into our daily routine even if we do not fully understand its limitations.

Drunk driving statistics in Nevada are sobering indeed


What happens in Las Vegas may stay in Las Vegas, but the fact of the matter is that people across the state of Nevada are at serious risk of being involved in a drunk driving crash. Some people take partying too far, get behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated, and drive drunk. And, the statistics surrounding drunk driving show just how serious this problem is.

Between 2012 and 2016, nearly 400 individuals in Nevada died and just over 680 individuals suffered serious injuries in drunk driving accidents. Most drunk driving deaths during that time period involved male motorists between the ages of 26 to 35 years old. In addition, most drunk driving deaths and serious injuries took place on a Saturday or Sunday. Some types of drunk driving accidents included rear-end crashes, head-on collisions and sideswiping accidents.

What factors will Nevada courts consider in child custody cases?


When a child's parents are divorced or are no longer in a relationship with one another, decisions will have to be made regarding child custody. It is important that, absent abuse or neglect, a child should be given the opportunity to form a meaningful relationship with both of his or her parents. For this reason, there is a presumption under Nevada family law that joint custody is in the child's best interest.

However, in any custody determination, the court's primary consideration will be the best interests of the child. In determining what these interests are, the court will consider several factors. One factor is whether the child will be able to stay in touch with his or her siblings. Each parent's health may be considered. The child's emotional and physical needs are another factor. The child's current relationship with both of his or her parents is another factor. Each parent's propensity to allow the other parent to have a relationship with the child may also be considered.

TBIs could lead to long-lasting personal injury complications


There are numerous ways a person in Nevada could suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). For example, a person could suffer a TBI slipping on a spill on a grocery store floor. Or, a person could suffer a TBI after being involved in a motor vehicle accident or a sporting accident. It is important to understand that while some TBIs are mild, others are severe and can cause long-lasting damage. When that happens, a person may want to determine whether litigation is appropriate.

A person with a severe TBI could lose consciousness temporarily, experience persistent headaches, have seizures and have weakness or numbness in their extremities. They could experience a loss of coordination. They could be very confused, agitated or combative. They could also slur their speech.

Why would Nevadans pursue a 'gray divorce'?


Divorce has lost the negative stigma it once had for many people in Nevada. And, divorce is not just for the young or middle-aged. In fact, in what has been dubbed the "gray divorce revolution," the divorce rate for those 50-years-old and up has increased twofold over the past three decades.

Many couples find that as the years go by, their values have changed, or they have simply grown apart in a way that makes them incompatible with one another. Of course, other reasons for divorce, such as infidelity or financial stress, have not gone to the wayside. When it comes to a gray divorce, the lynchpin, according to some researchers, is a decline in the quality of their marriage -- that is, the ways in which the couple spends their free time with one another and how much happiness they get out of that time.

Safety of Uber autonomous vehicles an issue prior to crash


Technological advancements are increasing at an astounding rate to the point where technology that once seemed to be the stuff of science-fiction novels is becoming a reality. Many people in Nevada may view the advent of autonomous vehicles in such a light, and many companies are looking to design, manufacture, and use autonomous vehicles to maximize their profits. However, safety concerns exist with regards to self-driving vehicles that should not be ignored.

According to one report, in March 2018, a manager at Uber informed Uber executives that backup drivers in their autonomous vehicles were behaving dangerously, that there was a high rate of crashes involving their autonomous vehicles, and that there may be safety issues with the software used in their autonomous vehicles. Five days after that warning was issued, an autonomous Uber vehicle with a backup driver fatally hit a bicyclist. The backup driver was reportedly watching a television show on her smartphone when the crash occurred.

Don't deal with your personal injuries alone


Life can change in a split second for Las Vegas residents, whether they are suffering from a personal injury or whether they have decided to end their marriage. The result of one incident can have life-altering events and change the trajectory of one's life from the known, the routine, and the mundane to the unknown and overwhelming. For some, dealing with the legal system is more stressful than the actual incident itself, which is why they might decide to forego their legal right to a personal injury lawsuit or accept a divorce settlement that provides them with less than what they deserve.

For this reason, it is helpful to have an experienced and knowledgeable attorney by one's side when dealing with the legal system. Lawyers at our firm excel at providing clients with the personalized attention they need to get through these difficult times.

Dog bites happen more often than you'd think

Earlier this year, two pit bulls mauled a 10-year-old boy while he was on a playdate. The boy received 30 stitches after suffering bite marks on his skull, face and arms.

Dog bites happen more often in Las Vegas than you'd think. Clark County says it receives hundreds of dog bite complaints each year. 

Pedestrian killed by a hit-and-run driver in east Las Vegas

Authorities now suspect Stephen Marker of being the hit-and-run driver who killed a 78-year-old woman in east Las Vegas on December 10th, and they allege he was impaired at the time of the accident. They say he was driving his BMW on Indios Avenue when he turned right onto Boulder Highway, where the woman was crossing in the intersection. Witnesses followed the BMW to a gas station, where Marker finally turned around and went back to the scene. Police arrested Marker on a felony DUI charge, as well as traffic charges for leaving the accident and failure to yield to a pedestrian.

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