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Agency to study truck collisions

A collision with a large truck on a Nevada highway can be a frightening prospect. Because these vehicles are so large and heavy, a truck accident can be especially devastating to others on the road around them. Truck accidents can be catastrophic, and they are also on the rise. Between 2009 and 2018, fatal crashes tied to large trucks rose by 52.6%, even as vehicle safety technologies improved. Between 2016 and 2018, fatalities caused by trucking accidents rose by 5.7%. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced plans to launch a study to delve into the cause of these crashes.

The FMCSA noted that this will be the first major crash study involving semis in 15 years. It will examine all serious truck crashes nationwide, including those that cause injuries and fatalities or those that require vehicles to be towed from the scene. The purpose of the study is not only to identify problems but also to develop plans that can improve highway safety and decrease the truck accident risk. The federal agency said that it planned to include electronic data as part of the study, including onboard information about speed, braking intensity and lane changes.

Red-light cameras save lives, also raise concerns for the public

Every year, red-light running crashes take the lives of hundreds of people, the majority of them being pedestrians, bicyclists and occupants of vehicles other than the offender's. Nevada residents should know that one proposed solution to the trend of red-light running is the installation of a system of red-light cameras.

The benefits are clear enough. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that cameras reduce the number of red-light running violations by 40% and, when comparing large cities with cameras to those without them, the number of red light-running crash fatalities by 21%.

Pedestrian dies in Reno hit and run

Pedestrians are at risk in Reno and throughout Nevada even when they walk in crosswalks and follow all the basic rules for safety. Drivers are becoming increasingly reckless with distractions, speeding and driving under the influence. This can lead to accidents. In some of these collisions, the driver made the situation worse by fleeing the scene. When this happens, law enforcement does whatever it can to find these drivers. When the driver is found, it is important for the injured pedestrian and their family to know what steps to take to recover compensation.

A hit-and-run collision in a crosswalk led to a pedestrian's death in Reno. Law enforcement was in the process of searching for the vehicle when, as part of a separate investigation, both were found a few hours after the accident.

Three injured in alleged DUI auto accident

The roads in Nevada can be treacherous for many reasons. While recklessness, distraction, speeding and negligence are some of the most common reasons for an auto accident, drunk driving remains one of the biggest concerns. When drivers are under the influence, their reaction time is slowed, their judgment is impaired and they are liable to cause a crash with injuries and fatalities. They then might make the situation worse by choosing to flee the scene. When people have been hurt in an accident caused by a drunk driver, filing a legal claim for compensation might be necessary.

According to recent reports, three people were injured after their GMC was rear-ended by an alleged drunk driver. The accident happened on Christmas at shortly after 5 p.m. The GMC was heading west when it was hit by a speeding Dodge truck. The impact sent the vehicles into three others. The 42-year-old driver of the Dodge exited the vehicle and fled. Citizens assisted in locating him and he was arrested. He faces charges of drunk driving, leaving the scene of an accident, driving while his license was revoked, speeding and having an open container. Two of the people in the GMC were critically hurt. The investigation is continuing.

Safety advancements could lead to being a distracted driver

Distracted driving is a continuing problem in Nevada and across the nation. While most will equate being distracted behind the wheel to the overwhelming use of cellphones, there are other ways in which a driver can be distracted.

A new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says that in-vehicle systems designed to enhance safety can actually put drivers at risk. Drivers tend to be less vigilant because of technology meant to help them maintain their lane.

Report shows drunk driving accidents still a roadway hazard

Drunk drivers are a danger on the road in Nevada and across the United States. People who get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol or drugs will suffer from impaired judgment, slower reflexes and other problems. An accident caused by a drunk driver can cause injuries and death. People who have been unfortunate enough to be involved in such a collision might need legal help to recover sufficient compensation for all they have lost.

In a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, there are suggestions to prevent impaired driving before it happens. The goal is to assist state highway law enforcement with prevention. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there has been marked improvement in reducing alcohol-related road deaths. In 2018, 29% of these fatalities were due to alcohol. That is the fewest since 1982. However, it is still a prominent concern.

Data suggests distracted driver behaviors are normalizing

In Nevada and throughout the United States, distracted driving is viewed as an unnecessary and dangerous behavior that people are encouraged to think twice about. Because so many auto accidents happen because of a distracted driver and these cause injuries and fatalities, it seems that people understand the dangers and still choose to drive distracted.

Indeed, research suggests that distracted driving is becoming normalized, making it an even bigger risk than previously thought.

Pedestrian, 55, in crosswalk dies in Nevada car collision

Pedestrian accidents are a growing concern in Nevada and across the nation. Drivers are increasingly distracted, and this often leads to them hitting people because they are not paying attention.

Since pedestrians are vulnerable, fatalities are common in a car collision. For people who have been hurt or lost a loved one in a pedestrian-car accident, it is important to have legal advice to consider a lawsuit.

Distracted driver stats improve in Nevada, but concerns remain

Distracted driving is a national issue. It is worrisome here and throughout the United States. To seek strategies to reduce its frequency and make the roads safer, researchers analyze the data for auto accidents due to texting and driving and other forms of distraction. This information can be essential for legislators and law enforcement to understand how to address this problem. Recent research indicates that there has been significant improvement in many states -- including our state -- when it comes to distracted driving. Still, there are concerns and people can be injured and lose their lives in this type of auto accident.

Quotewizard released a study showing that Nevada has risen to one of the states with the fewest number of distracted driving car accidents in the U.S. The numbers were accrued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the study, our state was shown to be third from the best in fewest road fatalities with 44 from 2013 to 2017. In the study, researchers looked at the number of distracted driving deaths and then compared them to overall road fatalities.

Advocating for your rights following a car accident

Residents in Nevada and elsewhere rely on motor vehicles to get around. Whether it is their person vehicle, a ride share or public transportation, vehicles have many benefits. And, while they are considered a valuable good, they are also considered dangerous because they pose the risk of serious injuries or even death in the event of a crash. A distracted, speeding or intoxicated driver is very hazardous on the roadways and an unsuspecting driver or passenger could suffer tremendously in the event of a crash.

A serious car accident could mean a lengthy road to recovery for an accident victim. This could significantly affect all areas of the victim's life, as this could prevent one from being able to work or even do basic tasks. While this often means physical and emotional damages, a victim is also likely to suffer financial harms, as they have growing medical bills on top of lost wages.

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