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Rules about impaired truckers are strict

As Reno residents can probably guess, handling a truck or other large commercial vehicle is a tough task. This is why commercial drivers have to get a special license that entails extra training and other legal hoops that those who are just driving ordinary passenger cars do not usually have to worry about.

Getting a commercial license also means that commercial drivers are subject to special rules that other drivers do not have to worry about.

Reno area accident kills three; police suspect impairment

A severe accident in the Reno area left three people dead and at least one person seriously injured. Police are now reporting that drugs or alcohol may have played a role in the crash.

The accident actually involved two separate collisions that happened a few minutes apart from each other. The road on which this accident happened was a two-lane highway. Apparently, two vehicles, a Toyota and a Mercury, were traveling in opposite directions. They came too close to each other as they crossed paths and collided.

Hit-and-run accidents problem in Nevada

While it is still true that driving in a car is much safer now than it was decades ago, the high-water mark for automobile safety, at least in terms of the frequency of traffic deaths, was actually four years ago, back in 2014.

Since that time, several factors have been pulling the number of fatal car accidents, or at least the overall number of fatalities, up. One of these facts seems to be an epidemic in the number of deadly hit-and-run accidents.

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.

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