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Distracted driving the focus of a safety campaign this month

We live in an increasingly distracted world. To be sure, there are times when distraction is a good thing – like when tourists come to Las Vegas to get away from the cares of everyday life. But distraction can also be dangerous, especially behind the wheel.

That’s why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration designated April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. According to a press release, the NHTSA is working with local law enforcement agencies around the country to educate the public about the dangers posed by texting and other common driving distractions. Many law enforcement agencies are also cracking down on cellphone use behind the wheel as part of an initiative called “U Drive. U Text. You Pay.”

Wrong-way driver killed in Nevada crash

Approximately 1 percent of all traffic fatalities in the United States that occur every year are the result of people driving in the wrong direction. It may be difficult to believe that such a bizarre circumstance could happen when roads and highways are clearly marked with signs advising drivers of the right direction to take. Nevertheless, between 2005 and 2015, there were 75 deaths that resulted from wrong-way crashes in Nevada, of which a total of 409 occurred during the 10-year period. 

An incident last week near Boulder City is a somber reminder that wrong-way crashes can and do still happen today. A woman transporting her belongings in a rented U-Haul truck died after allegedly colliding head-on with a UPS vehicle while traveling northbound in the southbound lane of U.S. Highway 93 early on Tuesday morning. 

Personal injury litigation can give you more than financial help

Like the rest of the United States, there are two legal systems in Nevada. One deals with trying individuals accused of crimes. The other – the civil court system – handles virtually everything else, including personal injury claims.

Though they are separate, the criminal and civil courts often deal with the aftermath of the same events. For example, if you were injured in an auto accident caused by a drunk driver, the person responsible will likely be charged with a crime and might go to trial. Separately, you have the right to file a lawsuit against the driver to recover damages for your injuries, which might include your pain and suffering, lost past and future wages and medical bills.

What are some common risks for hotel guests?

When you go to a hotel, you expect to have a nice stay. You do not expect to have an accident and get an injury. While hotel management works diligently to keep hotels safe for you, sometimes hazards are still found. You should take the initiative to be aware of them. You could not only prevent yourself from being hurt but you also could help prevent someone else from getting injured if you report the hazard.

There are some places and things in a hotel that pose the greatest safety risks, according to Acuity Insurance. One of the uncontrollable risks is the potential for assault. You cannot stop someone else from having the mindset to injure or harm you. You can take some steps to prevent it, such as locking your hotel room door and making sure to keep track of your key.

Why is the drunk driving crash rate in Nevada so high?

It is no secret that Nevada has an impaired driving problem, especially in Clark County. Between 2012 and 2016, 682 individuals were seriously injured in drunk driving accidents in Nevada. Another 396 lost their lives. In 2017, the Nevada Department of Transportation devised the Nevada Strategic Highway Safety Plan in an effort to reach zero drunk driving fatalities. To do so, the NDOT needs to thoroughly understand the who, where, when and why of drunk driving crashes, which the SHSP explores. 

According to the SHSP, males make up the majority of the "Who." Males in every age group were involved in more drunk driving incidences than women. Males between the ages of 26 and 35 prove to be the most reckless age group, accounting for 143 serious injuries and 46 fatalities. Women in the same age group account for 57 serious injuries and 17 fatalities. The second most reckless age group is males between the ages of 36 and 45. Men of this age group account for 91 serious injured and 23 fatalities, compared with 34 and six respectively for women of the same age.

How can you help protect your children from dog bites?

Seeing your child’s face light up when they see a friendly “doggy” can bring a big smile to everyone’s face. Unfortunately, not every dog is friendly and not every dog will treat your child well. In fact, children are more likely to be the victims of severe dog bites than adults.

These injuries can have life-long effects. They can also prove psychologically damaging to you and your child. Instead of playing with dogs, they may fear them for the rest of their lives.

Facial injuries and car crashes

Some serious injuries that auto accident victims endure include back injuries, broken bones, spinal cord injuries and brain trauma, but there are many other ways in which motor vehicle wrecks can leave people hurt. For example, some people may suffer facial injuries, which can be difficult for multiple reasons. Not only can these accidents generate a lot of physical pain and discomfort, but they can also bring significant financial consequences (such as medical costs) and leave victims devastated due to disfigurement and scarring. For some people, such as actors and models, facial injuries can be particularly upsetting.

There are various types of facial injuries that motor vehicle wreck victims may suffer. From a broken nose or a fractured jaw to a deep laceration that leaves a nasty scar and broken teeth, a car crash victim’s face may be injured in multiple ways. Sometimes, these injuries can make victims very insecure about their appearance, and these injuries can be especially devastating for those who are worried about how they look.

What are Nevada's dog bite laws?

Unlike many other states, Nevada does not have a specific statute in place concerning dog bites and when the state may hold an owner liable for damages. However, it does have a statute concerning dangerous dogs. According to the Animal Legal & Historical Center, you can find that information under N. R. S. 202.500.

The law defines a dangerous dog as one who, without provocation and on two separate incidents within 18 months of each other, behaves aggressively to such an extent that any reasonable person would feel the need to defend him or herself to prevent bodily harm. For the state to consider a dog dangerous, the owner must have had it off his or her property or outside of a cage or pen.

Three things to do before leaving the scene of a car crash

Even though you practice safe driving habits, you may still find yourself involved in a car crash. Car crashes can be terrifying experiences, and sometimes, drivers are uncertain about the first actions they should take immediately following a crash. However, some of the actions you take at the scene of the crash can help you later on with an insurance claim or a potential lawsuit.

Address immediate safety concerns

When does a pedestrian have the right of way?

As a pedestrian on Nevada streets, you need to be careful and always follow the law to ensure your own safety. You cannot rely on drivers to watch out for you. You are the most vulnerable on a roadway because you have no vehicle to protect you, so in the event of an accident, it is your life at stake. Knowing, understanding and following the rules about the right of way can help you stay safe.

The Nevada Legislature does note that drivers have the responsibility to watch out for pedestrians, but the law does not place all responsibility on drivers. You also have laws to follow. To begin with, if you are crossing the road, you should never walk out in front of a vehicle. You should only cross when the roadway is clear. A driver must stop if you are in the roadway as it is approaching you. This applies whether you are in a marked crosswalk or not.

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