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We represent victims of other catastrophic injuries too

This blog has previously discussed how our law firm offers advice and representation to victims of spinal cord injuries. Whether these people suffer paralysis or, luckily, are still somewhat mobile, they will no doubt face a number of different profound challenges in their lives.

It is imperative that they get the financial compensation they need in order to pay for these costs and be able to heal fully. We see it as our job to make sure, insofar as possible, that our client gets all of the compensation to which he is legally entitled after a spinal cord injury.

Other complications of spinal cord injuries

Many people in Reno, Nevada probably recognize paralysis as a symptom of a serious injury to the spinal cord. The loss of mobility is indeed part and parcel of the vast majority of spinal cord injuries, and it alone can spell a lifetime of pain and suffering.

Additionally, someone who suffers from paralysis will need extensive medical treatment and rehabilitative care. Moreover, even after they are ready to go home, there is going to be a lot of cost associated with making the necessary adjustments to one's life and daily living, adjustments which include, for instance, moving or making one's home handicapped accessible.

Pedestrian accident claims life of teen

A 17-year-old from nearby Sparks has died after being hit by a car. The girl was reportedly crossing a street near an area high school when the accident happened. The accident happened after dark, and it appeared from photos of the scene that it occurred at least in close proximity to a crosswalk.

Police said that the driver of the vehicle who struck her, also a teenager, stayed at the scene of the accident and spoke with police.

Nevada's anti-phone law is strict, but is it effective?

Nevada is one of the stricter states when it comes to preventing distracted driving on account of phones. Like a minority fraction of other states, Nevada's laws prohibit motorists from using handheld phones for any purpose while driving.

This law not only so-called texting and driving, which really includes about any smartphone use, it also prohibits making a traditional cellular phone call with a handheld phone. Those who choose to break these laws face the possibility of fines even when there has been no accident.

Do helmets prevent spinal cord injuries?

Many people in the Reno area have probably heard that motorcyclists who wear helmets are making a valuable investment. Helmets do indeed save lives and prevent traumatic brain injuries. It is a good idea for a motorcyclist who wants to travel Nevada's roads to wear one.

However, the research is a little less certain when it comes to whether helmets prevent spinal cord injuries and other injuries to the back and spine. On the one hand, one study tended to dispel the notion that helmets may actually increase the risk of spinal cord injuries because they add extra weight on to one's head and thus increase the twisting force on the spine in an accident.

We will seek all damages after drunk driving accidents

A victim of a drunk driving accident in Nevada may have to spend the rest of his or her life recovering from that one split second in which the victim's car was hit by a vehicle driven by an intoxicated driver. They may, for instance, face paralysis because of a spinal cord injury or permanent brain damage after a head injury. In some cases, the victims may include the family members of a person who lost his or her life in a crash caused by a drunk driver.

While any bad car accident is hard to deal with emotionally, victims may have a lot of additional, and justifiable, anger at the person who caused the drunk driving accident. This is because while they may have not crashed their car intentionally, everyone knows by now that drunk or drugged driving is extremely dangerous behavior and can cause a severe collision.

Punitive damages may be sought after drunk driving accidents

As this blog has discussed before, the victim of a car accident or other motor vehicle accident may be able to pursue compensation for their out-of-pocket losses as well as their non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. Ordinarily, it is appropriate for someone who caused an accident through human carelessness or oversight to pay for these damages. Sometimes, though, this just simply is not enough, because it does not reinforce how serious the misconduct of the person who caused the accident was.

For instance, drunk driving accidents really should never happen since, by now, anyone who gets behind a wheel knows how dangerous it is to do so while drunk. Someone who chooses to do so anyway is arguably more than just careless; that person has little regard for the safety and wellbeing of others.

What good does an independent truck accident investigation do?

After meeting a victim and taking on their case, one of the steps a good commercial vehicle accident attorney may take is to start an independent investigation of the accident. Some people in Reno, Nevada, might see this as an unnecessary step, particularly if there is already a detailed police report on file.

However, it is important to remember that the police report is only one source of information when it comes to what caused a major truck accident. Other sources of information include photos or video from the scene of the accident, as well as results from on-site surveys.

Another wrong way auto accident kills one, injures another

A wrong way crash on Interstate 80 left one person dead and another person seriously injured and having to be flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital. Sadly, this is not the first time this blog has reported on a recent wrong way accident in the Reno area.

Police say that they received reports of someone driving the wrong way on the interstate a few minutes before the crash occurred. They were not able to respond in time to prevent what some might have seen as inevitable car accident. The driver eventually struck another motorist who was traveling with the flow of traffic head on

How many lives do helmets really save in motorcycle accidents?

There is no denying that wearing a proper helmet is a smart idea when riding a motorcycle. The statistics confirm that, to no small extent, they can save a rider's life should that rider be involved in a motorcycle accident.

As of 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that when a rider wearing a helmet is involved in an accident, his or her chances of dying go down by more than one-third, that is, by 37 percent. It is estimated that helmets prevented over 1,800 fatalities in 2016. The CDC reports that in 2016 if all bikers wore helmets, approximately 802 fatalities could have been prevented. On a related point, a helmet reduced the chance of a traumatic brain injury by almost 70 percent.

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