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Nevada spinal cord injuries can complicate a life immensely

"Grow a spine!" "Get some backbone!" These and other idiomatic expressions abound. But, while they may be useful in getting ideas across, often in a humorous way, actual spinal cord injuries are no laughing matter. It is an unfortunate fact that people cannot literally grow a spine, and when it is damaged in a car accident, medical malpractice incident, or other tragic situation, the result is that a victim's life is altered forever.

Because the spinal cord is the main conduit for nerve impulses from the brain to our extremities, the damage to it means the loss of functionality. The results of these injuries can even be permanent paralysis.

Subrogation and Nevada car accident victims

Nevadans are generally a hardy lot. Whether it is the old frontier mind-set or just a byproduct of the harsh, but beautiful, environment, Nevada residents tend remain stoic. However, dealing with an insurance company after a serious car accident can have a detrimental effect on even the calmest individual.

Some might think that once they manage to get their payments from the insurance company that the matter is over. Unfortunate, that is not always the case.

How much insurance must be carried for truck accidents?

Most Nevada drivers are probably aware that the law requires them to carry insurance coverage for their vehicles. That is, they are not allowed to drive on the public streets unless they can show they have at least, a minimum amount of automobile liability insurance.

There is good reason for this: the cost to individuals involved in automobile accidents can be great, and when no one is able to pay that cost, it is passed on to society at large. Mandatory insurance ensures that even if someone cannot pay for injuries from an accident he or she caused, insurance will pay, and the risk will be spread among the pool of the insured.

Nevada man dead after accident; another charged with DUI

We have all seen the public service announcements by the government. These commercials by groups, like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and the warnings from law enforcement about stricter monitoring of drunk driving. Yet, every day, people get behind the wheels of motor vehicles after having had too much alcohol. And, it often leads to drunk driving accidents, and sometimes, to death.

One such incident happened recently in the eastern section of nearby Las Vegas. Reportedly, a 1998 Honda Accord collided with a 2014 Ford Mustang in an intersection. According to authorities, the 24-year-old driver of the Accord had run a stop sign, and hit the Mustang broadside on the driver's side. Unfortunately, the driver of the Mustang, aged 80, was killed at the scene from blunt force trauma.

Effects of Reno truck accident injury lasts for years

Thinking about the possible dangers that could befall one out on our roads and highways, what comes to mind? One big danger is semi-trucks, and other commercial trucks that can be involved in truck accidents. Truck accidents cause serious injuries or even death to Reno motor-vehicle drivers and their passengers. While the event itself is terrifying enough, it generally does not end there. Serious injuries can negatively affect a person's life for years and in different ways.

Commercial trucks are particularly dangerous due to their size and speed at which they travel. Even traveling the speed limit can be too fast for some semi-trucks. Speed, driver fatigue and load weights can all play a role in causing a truck accident. Truck maintenance could have been neglected, which could have played a role if the truck malfunctioned and causes it to lose control.

Seventeen dead so far in 2017 Nevada motorcycle accidents

Nevada is a great state for motorcycles. The long stretches of straight, flat roads in the desert before one hits the mountains can be great for cruising bikes. The natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada range makes riding through that part of the state with an unobstructed 360-degree view a delightful experience. Unfortunately, for some, driving a motorcycle through Nevada is their last experience. Because of the lack of safety features on motorcycles, crashes lead to serious injuries or death.

That has been the case for 17 riders in Nevada through April 20, according to statistics compiled by the Office of Traffic Safety. While this is down slightly from the same time last year, it is only by two deaths, and Washoe County has seen the number of deaths in motorcycle accidents double from one at this time in 2016 to two this year. As might be expected, populous counties, like Clark, tend to see the lion's share of fatal motorcycle accidents. But, it can happen to anyone at any time.

Some ways to avoid Nevada spinal cord injury

Several weeks ago, we discussed some of the statistics with regard to spinal cord injuries in the United States. Readers may remember that over 11,000 new spine injuries occur, on average, each year in the U.S. and that over one-quarter of one million people are currently living with the effects of such injuries. You may also recall that many of the victims of spine injuries are younger people, and they also happen to be disproportionately male.

Almost 5,000 people die each year from these injuries, and the ones that don't can lose millions of dollars in productivity and potential wages, not to mention the medical bills they have to pay for treatment and rehabilitation. People's lives are often completely altered by a spinal cord injury. As we previously mentioned, the main causes of these injuries are motor vehicle accidents, violence and falls. So, what can a Nevada resident do to attempt to protect him- or herself from being a spinal injury victim.

There are many possible causes of Nevada car accidents

Nevada residents like their cars. Like many people in the U.S., especially those in Western states, many Nevadans see their motor vehicles as a symbol of freedom and independence. They can also be an extension of a driver's personality, from the sleek, fast sports car, to the dependable battered pick-up truck. Unfortunately, this penchant for hitting the roads comes with a price; with more vehicles driving around, there is a larger chance of a Nevada resident being involved in a car crash.

There are many potential causes of car accidents. From factors beyond the control of individual drivers, such as bad road design, stray animals in the roadway, poor weather conditions, and defective automobiles, to those in which some drivers engage, such as speeding, drunk driving, or fatigued driving. The creation of the circumstances in which an accident occurs can be numerous.

'CMV's subject to regulation to try to prevent truck accidents

This blog has previously discussed some of the factors that might be involved in truck accidents that occur in Nevada and elsewhere in the United States. Because of the necessity of transporting goods in a relatively fast and efficient manner, our society has decided that having trucks on the roads is worth the risk they can pose to other drivers, due to their size and limited handling characteristics. However, our government regulators do expect truck drivers and companies to abide by regulations that are meant to minimize this risk as much as possible.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the agency responsible for promulgating and enforcing rules that are supposed to keep trucks relatively safe while travelling on the country's roads. The FMCSA publishes rules about many aspects of commercial vehicle operations, including safety equipment, maintenance schedules, and amounts of rest drivers must have.

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