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What should I do if I fall and hit my head?

Falling and hitting your head can be a scary experience and can cause serious injuries. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most serious injuries you can receive from a slip, trip or fall, and almost half of all TBI’s are caused when someone falls and hits his or her head. Other causes of TBI’s include traffic accidents, assaults and being struck by objects.

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Who’s liable in an Uber or Lyft accident?

Uber and Lyft drivers are available throughout Las Vegas because it’s often the most convenient and expedient way to get around such a large town. Las Vegas is a top vacation destination and host to some of the country’s largest trade shows, such as Consumer Electronics Show, so many vacationers and businesses travelers have used the ride sharing services.

Whether it’s under the glowing neon lights on the strip or in residential neighborhoods, Uber and Lyft driver accidents happen around the metro area.

Drowsy drivers in Nevada may be putting you at risk

When you drive on any Nevada road, you probably notice other drivers doing things that are dangerous. This can include things like speeding, looking at a phone or following too closely. There are other things that may also be threatening your safety, and you may not always be able to see these types of dangers.

Fatigued driving is a serious problem, and many drivers are unaware of how risky this behavior truly is. It is impossible to tell by looking at a driver exactly how tired he or she is and whether he or she can safely operate a vehicle at the time. Additionally, many people are unaware of how tired they are or are unwilling to acknowledge their limitations when extremely fatigued.

Fatal car accidents on the rise in Nevada

Though people typically regard car crashes as bad things, accidents that involve a fatality are especially tragic. Law enforcement agencies across the nation have used numerous different tactics to prevent all kinds of car accidents. Some measures are more successful than others.

Here in Nevada, the Department of Public Safety reports that 2018 was the deadliest year for motorists in the past ten years. Naturally, officials are concerned with these findings and will use them to implement additional safety strategies. If you or a loved one has been involved in any kind of car accident, the statistics in this report may not come as a surprise.

How can you stay safe outside this summer?

Summer is coming quickly, and that means you may want to start spending more time outside. Taking walks with your family or exercising outside are great ways to get fresh air and stay active. However, being a pedestrian comes with risks.

Fortunately, there are a variety of tips you can use to keep you and your family safe outdoors this season.

What is the attractive nuisance doctrine?

One of the main foundations of premises liability law is determining what duty of care a property owner in Las Vegas owes to their guests. In general, short of actually causing harm to you, a property owner cannot be held liable for injuries you or any other adult may sustain while on their properties. Yet does the same standard apply to your kids? While kids may be told that they are not to go on to another's property, there may be times when particular features of a property may be too enticing for them to avoid. This is when the attractive nuisance doctrine comes into play. 

The attractive nuisance doctrine recognizes that children (especially small children) may not have the comprehension needed to avoid attractions that could prove dangerous to them (e.g. swimming pools, construction sites, abandoned buildings). Thus, the owners of the properties on which these nuisances are found may be held liable if your child is injured by them. 

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.

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