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The costs of spinal cord injuries may be greater than you think

Spinal cord injuries have the potential to be catastrophic. Not only can they result in permanent life-long damage to a person's health, but the costs associated with a spinal cord injury can be staggering.

For example, the Dana and Christopher Reeve Foundation reports that a person in the United States with high tetraplegia may pay as much as $1 million in medical expenses and care within the first year of being injured. Those with low tetraplegia may pay nearly $770,000 in medical expenses the first year of their injury. Those with paraplegia can expect to pay approximately $518,000 in medical expenses the first year of their injury, and those who suffer an injury that produces incomplete motor function can expect to pay $347,000 in medical expenses during the first year of their injury.

New automated software aims to prevent truck accidents

Artificial intelligence is the wave of the future for many products people in Reno use every day. This includes incorporating artificial intelligence into motor vehicles to make them safer. One recent collaboration has developed automated software that aims to prevent truck accidents.

In a collaboration between Volvo Trucks North America, an automated vehicle software provider and a customer of Volvo, a project has been developed that uses automation to make it safer to operate a semi-truck. Through human intuition artificial intelligence, the new technology would perceive the actions of others on the road to make truckers more aware of their presence.

Independence Day sees high number of drunk driving accidents

The Fourth of July is almost here, and people in Reno may already be planning their Independence Day celebrations. For many, this includes a party, complete with a cookout and fireworks. For some people, drinking alcohol is also part of their Independence Day celebrations. However, one survey has shown that the Fourth of July sees the most drunk driving fatalities.

The study examined the number of drunk driving accidents that took place on the Fourth of July from 2010 to 2017. During that period, there were 1,192 drunk driving fatalities across the nation. This is almost 90 more deaths than those that took place on Memorial Day weekend during those same years, the holiday that sees the second highest number of drunk driving deaths. In addition, in 2017 drunk driving deaths were 57% more apt to occur on Independence Day in comparison to other days during the summertime.

Statistics for bicycle/pedestrian-car accidents released

In Nevada and throughout the nation, bicyclists and pedestrians are ubiquitous on the roads. It is imperative for drivers to keep a close eye on them and share the road to keep everyone safe. Unfortunately, there are often accidents involving vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Given their vulnerability, there can be serious injury and death after a crash. Part of maintaining safety is to keep track of the statistics and trends for these auto accidents. Those who have been hurt or lost a loved one in a collision of this kind should be aware of how to attempt to recover compensation in a legal filing.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that there has been a minor reduction in the number of people who died in accidents overall, but there was a substantial increase in pedestrian and bicyclist deaths. In 2018, the projections say that there as a 1% reduction in fatal accidents from 2017, with 36,750 deaths. For pedestrians, it rose by 4%. Bicyclists had a 10% increase. From 2009 to 2017, there was an increase from 12% of traffic fatalities involving pedestrians, to 16%.

Ride share auto accidents could be due to ignored recalls

In Reno, throughout Nevada and across the United States, the way in which people get around has changed drastically with the rise of ride share services. Simply by pushing a button on their phone, a ride will come quickly. Whether that is Uber, Lyft or another service, it is considered a convenient alternative to public transportation or driving themselves. However, there are dangers with any motor vehicle and a recent study from Consumer Reports shows that many ride share vehicles have unaddressed recalls on their vehicles. This can cause injuries and death because of an auto accident.

In its research, Consumer Reports found that one-sixth of all vehicles that are used for ride shares have had safety recalls that were not addressed. The study assessed vehicles in Seattle and New York. The recalls were all due to safety issues of varying severity. Since both locations have a requirement that drivers register their vehicles, it was easier for the study to take place. The investigation assessed almost 94,000 vehicles by using their serial numbers and registrations with Lyft and Uber. More than 16% had an open recall that the drivers had not taken care of.

Teens driving in summer raises risk of an auto accidents

In Reno, throughout Nevada and around the nation, there are many teens on the road. The number is multiplied in the summer. With that comes an enhanced risk of an auto accident. Since teens are not as experienced and are prone to making mistakes and committing dangerous actions, it is no surprise that so many crashes involve them. However, the problem is growing significantly worse as other dangers, such as distracted driving, become more prevalent.

Drunk driving accident kills teen in Nevada

Despite law enforcement's best efforts to educate drivers on the dangers of getting behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it is still a frequent problem throughout Nevada. People who are simply minding their own business and obeying all traffic laws can find themselves with serious injuries and even be killed when there is a drunk driving accident. One of the worst calls a family can get is that a loved one was hurt or lost his or her life in a drunk driving crash. After it has happened, it is important to consider the future and discuss a possible lawsuit with an experienced attorney.

A two-vehicle accident killed one driver and led to the other being arrested for drunk driving. The accident occurred after midnight. Law enforcement was called to the scene after a 2018 Lincoln MKX driven by a 19-year-old was allegedly driving at excessive speed. A 2016 Ford Fusion being driven by an 18-year-old male was making a turn when the vehicles collided. The driver side of the Ford was hit. The driver was rushed to the hospital and was later declared dead. The driver of the Lincoln was taken to the hospital and later arrested. The investigation is continuing.

Motorcycle accident causes serious injury

Many Nevadans enjoy riding a motorcycle around the state whether in the cities or on the open road. It is a popular pastime despite its inherent risks. Most car drivers and motorcycle riders share the road safely and keep an eye on each other. Still, some drivers don't pay attention to what they are doing and behave recklessly or negligently. Since they are comparatively unprotected, a rider can suffer serious injuries and death. After a motorcycle collision occurs, it is imperative that the rider and their family think about the issues they will inevitably face in the aftermath and consider a legal filing for compensation.

A mid-afternoon accident between a motorcycle and a car led to the rider being seriously hurt. According to the investigation, the rider was heading west when the vehicle exited a shopping center attempting to complete a U-turn. The vehicles subsequently collided. The driver did not suffer any injuries, but the rider was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Distracted driver study assesses frequency among parents

Nevada roads can be dangerous enough without the risk of distracted drivers. Unfortunately, as there are an increasing number of ways to be distracted, the problem has risen significantly. It is believed that younger people are more vulnerable to the temptation of using a smartphone when behind the wheel. However, a new survey has shown that parents are often distracted while behind the wheel.

Back-to-back Reno motorcycle accidents injure one, kill another

Reno has many motorcyclists on its roadways. Drivers of passenger vehicles and trucks are obligated to keep an eye on them, yield when necessary and take steps to keep everyone safe and accident-free. However, theories and best-case scenarios aside, this does not always happen. When a rider is involved in a crash, they are vulnerable to injuries and fatalities. In some of these accidents, a second crash occurs in the immediate aftermath, causing more damage. With the litany of problems that come about after these accidents, legal assistance is advisable.

Two separate motorcycle accidents resulted in one rider being injured and another dying. According to law enforcement, the first happened when a motorcyclist was going south and a vehicle turned in front of the rider. The vehicles collided and the rider died. Another rider was also going south and hit the first motorcyclist. That rider was hospitalized, but the injuries were said to be minor. The investigation is continuing and it is not known if charges or citations will be issued to anyone involved.

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