Today more than ever, roadways are a bustle of activity. Because of the business, care needs to be taken when driving as a negligent driver could be just around the corner. Every day, people are involved in car accidents resulting in serious injury from negligent drivers. Such an accident happened last week between two cars in Nevada.
Recently, this blog noted the difficulties of tracking down negligent drivers after a hit-and-run car accident. More recently, Reno saw an example of an alleged hit-and-run driver turning herself in to the police more than a week after an accident that left a young man fighting for his life.
Pedestrians are the most vulnerable people on Nevada roads. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, a pedestrian is injured in a traffic accident every eight minutes. A pedestrian is killed every two hours. Even as fatalities from car accidents have declined in recent years, pedestrian fatalities have shown increases.
Among the worst injuries Nevada residents suffer in car accidents are those that affect the spine. Long after bruises, broken bones and cuts have healed, spinal cord injuries can keep people paralyzed. Despite all its advances, modern medicine still struggles to come up with effective treatments for people with serious injuries to their spinal cords.
Portable digital devices are great for keeping in touch with people, taking photos or just playing a game while stuck in a long line. In the past few years, the devices have become such a big part of many people's daily routines that some Nevada residents forget that there are certain situations in which they should definitely not look at their phones. Perhaps the most important time to put the phone away is when one is behind the wheel.
Nevada drivers probably know that they're not supposed to have their phones in their hands while they are driving. After all, the practice is prohibited under state law, and drivers can be fined if police officers catch them doing it. Still, studies show that the use of cell phones while driving continues to increase. The Nevada Highway Patrol has said that drivers using cell phones is so pervasive that distracted driving will soon eclipse intoxicated driving as the top cause of traffic fatalities.
Most Nevada drivers try their best to abide by traffic safety laws and to generally be careful drivers. Unfortunately, they sometimes have to share the road with people who are not nearly as responsible.
Much of Northern Nevada has been caught up in the recent trial of a man accused of murdering a woman by running into her with his car in a fit of drunken road rage. The story is shocking and bizarre, but it helps illustrate an important point about the legal process after someone is injured by a drunk driver.
Icy roads have been cited as a contributing factor for a heavy concentration of car accidents in the Truckee Meadows. On Feb. 3, 26 motor vehicle accidents occurred that morning alone, with four individuals hospitalized as a result.
Currently, Nevada laws can regulate the driving rights of individuals with epilepsy. In fact, doctors in our state are required to report epileptic seizures to the state's Department of Motor Vehicles, and the DMV will revoke the patient's driver's license for a time in an effort to prevent seizure-related auto accidents.