In Nevada and around the United States, everyone who uses the public roadways agrees to abide by the traffic laws and the rules of the road. For example, while no physical barrier prevents vehicles from crossing a double yellow line, millions of cars pass each other in opposite directions each day without incident as most people respect the idea that the line represents. Likewise, when an accident does occur, it is understood that those involved stop and exchange information, and possibly cooperate with any investigation required by law enforcement. Sometimes, however, people do not respect the traffic laws, creating a problem for themselves and those affected by their actions.
When you think of a car accident, what images come to mind? Twisted metal, emergency vehicles and a road strewn with debris? While all these things may be present after a car accident, many accidents aren't so dramatic. Car accidents happen every day in Reno that may appear minor on the surface, but in reality can cause significant pain and suffering for the victims and their families.
When it comes to understanding the relationship between car accident injury and long-term effects, it left many people scratching their heads since everyone's experience after a Nevada car accident is so unique. Two Nevada organizations, The University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM) and the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety formed a partnership to establish how car accident injuries affected Nevadans long term. The data collected from both parties was used to take a look at the tracking of information from the crash scene to a patient's hospital discharge.
If there is one type of car accident that is completely inexcusable it is a car accident in which a person involved leaves the scene of an accident prematurely. This type of behavior is what's known as a hit and run. It is against the law to leave the scene of an accident before exercising due care. There are consequences for this type of behavior and one Reno man has been arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of a fatal hit and run accident earlier this month.
Many highways have barriers between the opposing lanes of traffic to prevent cross-over crashes. This is because cross-over crashes, or car accidents where a vehicle crosses into the opposing lane of traffic, can cause serious injuries or even fatalities. This was the case recently when a driver in Nevada, now charged with DUI, crossed over with his vehicle into the opposing lane of traffic. The resulting crash caused injuries and a fatality to victims in another vehicle.
After you or a loved one have been involved in an incident where personal injury has resulted, you may be unsure of what to do next. Bodily injury resulting from a Reno car accident can be severe, and even if the injuries are described as moderate, it can have a huge impact on the injured person's life.
While sitting in morning or evening rush hour traffic, many Reno drivers have noticed other drivers' inattention to the road. Some may wonder what could possibly be distracting Reno drivers from the very important task of driving? Many are aware of cell phone use and how dangerous using a cell phone and texting and driving is. Oftentimes, texting and driving is the reason for drivers' inattention to the road and for Reno car accidents.
While most Reno car accidents are unfortunate, they are just that -- unfortunate accidents. There isn't typically any malicious intent behind the actions of the drivers who cause or contribute to these crashes. Once in a while, however, a driver intentionally causes an accident with intent to maim or harm. One such car accident appears to have happened recently between a pick-up truck and a group of protesters in Reno.
After a car accident, there is typically a whirlwind of activity. Of course, health and wellness need to top the list and those injured in a car accident should take their injuries seriously. After immediate needs are assessed and treated for immediate danger, what should one do next?
Most car accidents fall under the category of an honest mistake. However, some car accidents are such blatant egregious errors that felony charges are filed in connection with the crash. This proved true for a couple from Reno that were recently killed in a car accident on McCarran Boulevard. The driver and passenger who caused the crash are being held in county jail after fleeing the scene of the car accident.