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Drunk driving is a deadly problem in Nevada

Vehicle accidents with intoxicated drivers are an unfortunate problem for Americans all throughout the country and Nevada residents are not immune from feeling the devastating effects of these collisions in their lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1,025 people were killed in Nevada in drunk driving crashes between the years 2003 and 2012.

This works out to more than 100 individuals in the state losing their lives each and every year during the mentioned stretch of time. While individuals from every age bracket can become the victims of these preventable and senseless crashes, young adults between the ages of 21 and 34 are most likely to lose their lives in alcohol-related crashes, with adults over the age of 35 having a lower rate of mortality from similar collisions. These statistics do not factor in the devastating and often life-altering injuries that accident victims who survive their crashes can experience and then carry with them for the rest of their lives.

Your motorcycle accident injuries may avail you to civil damages

Just as the drivers of cars, trucks and other automobiles are required to follow the rules of the road so too are motorcyclists expected to abide by the laws that govern safe driving in the state of Nevada. Additionally, just as vehicle drivers have rights to seek compensation when they are harmed in collisions with other automobiles so too may motorcycle accident victims pursue their losses when they are injured in crashes with motor vehicles. The law firm of Bradley, Drendel & Jeanney proudly represents victims of motorcycle accidents and works zealously to attain damage awards for its clients.

A victim's damages in a motorcycle accident can differ from those experienced in different types of vehicle crashes due to the unique characteristics of motorcycles. Because motorcycles have no frames those who ride them can be thrown from their motorcycles if they are hit by other vehicles, may suffer road burns if the force of their collisions throws them to the pavement, and can suffer significant injuries if they are hit by moving vehicles once their motorcycles are down. The potential for a motorcyclist to suffer significant injuries in a crash can be high and the costs associated with recovering from such an incident can be immense.

What are the symptoms of a spinal cord injury?

A spinal cord injury can be a very serious medical condition that may result in serious complications, and even death, if not properly treated. Reno residents who believe that they may have suffered spinal cord injuries as a result of the negligence of others are strongly encouraged to contact medical professionals to have their health conditions assessed. The contents of this post are offered only as information and should not be used as medical or legal advice.

When the victim of an accident or incident suffers a spinal cord injury, there are two ways that the injury may be classified: complete or incomplete. While a complete spinal cord injury is indicated by the absence of feeling or sensation in the victim's body below the site of the injury, the victim of an incomplete spinal cord injury may have some feeling in his or her body below the affected part of the spine.

Tired truck drivers are a danger to other motorists

Readers of this Reno personal injury legal blog have probably experienced this situation: while driving down the road, their attention may start to wander as their eyelids begin to feel a little heavy. When exhaustion begins to influence one's ability to drive, most individuals stop their vehicles, take a break from driving and either rest or engage in other activities that may stimulate their attention and make it once again safe for them to operate their cars.

However, in one occupation, stopping and taking a break from driving can be a costly matter. Truck drivers and drivers of other commercial vehicles are often placed on schedules that may require them to cover certain distances during specific periods of time. If they fall behind schedule they may feel compelled to drive their rigs when their bodies are too tired and their minds too distracted from the important task of operating their trucks.

Car and bicyclist collide in Reno, cyclist killed

A recent early evening collision caused a Reno-area bicyclist to suffer serious injuries when his bicycle was involved in an accident with a car. The incident occurred shortly after 5 o'clock in the evening and happened near Airway and Garden Homes drives. The victim, a 30-year-old man, was taken to an area hospital where he died from the significant harm he sustained in the crash.

Although the driver of the vehicle that was involved in the fatal accident stayed on scene when police arrived, law enforcement officials are continuing to investigate this matter to determine how and why it occurred. They do not believe that the driver of the involved car was impaired at the time of the crash, though this does not necessarily mean that the driver will be able to avoid liability for his role in the deadly incident.

Compensation may be available after a spinal cord injury accident

Spinal cord injuries can be devastating, and in worst-case scenarios, life-threatening. They can limit the control Nevada residents have over their ability to move their bodies, and manage necessary bodily functions, such as respiration and reflex. The law firm of Bradley, Drendel & Jeanney has represented many victims of spinal cord injury accidents and advocated for their recovery of damages after suffering harm at the hands of others.

When a victim's spinal cord is injured, the damage may prevent the victim's brain from sending messages to other parts of their body. A serious spinal cord injury may prevent people from moving their arms and legs, which alone may keep victims from walking, dressing themselves, feeding themselves, and doing the many other personal care tasks that individuals with full mobility are able to do for themselves each and every day.

Could conduct bar me from recovering after a motorcycle accident?

Negligence is the basis for many of the personal injury lawsuits that are filed in Nevada courts. When a person has a duty to another individual and fails to fulfill that duty to the injury and detriment of the other, then it can be possible for the victim to recover compensation for his or her losses from the breach.

It is not unusual for motorcycle accidents to be caused by negligence. Drivers generally have a duty of care to others who are out on the roads with them; when drivers fail to yield to motorcyclists, fail to check their blind spots for motorcycles, or otherwise act irresponsibly in the presence of motorcyclists, their actions can be deemed negligent and they may be held liable for their victims' injuries.

Alcohol impairs drivers in dangerous and predictable ways

Drunk driving accidents claim thousands of lives every year. That statement is not an exaggeration. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration more than 10,000 people lost their lives in alcohol-related vehicle accidents during the 2015 calendar year. Many of those victims were known and loved by Nevada residents who still carry the pain of loss in their hearts.

Drunk driving is against the law because it is dangerous. There is no question that drunk drivers are a threat to themselves and others who must share the roads with them. When consumed responsibly, alcohol can be a reasonable drink of choice for adults of legal age, but due to the drastic effects it may have on a person's body, it should not be ingested before or during the operation of a motor vehicle.

What are common causes of distracted driving car accidents?

Distracted driving can occur when a Reno driver chooses to take his or her attention away from the important task of watching the road and focuses that attention on another person or thing. Certain types of distracted driving can result in the distracted drivers receiving tickets from the law enforcement officials who catch them. More significantly, though, distracted driving is a dangerous practice that can lead to serious and sometimes deadly car accidents.

Any time drivers fail to look at the road ahead of them they are allowing chances for an unseen hazard or obstacle to get in their way. Often, distracted drivers are looking at their smartphones, global positioning devices, or other pieces of technology when they inadvertently rear end other vehicles, drive out of their lanes, or commit other driving offenses that put other motorists and their passengers in danger.

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