Some of the most troubling accidents in Nevada are hit-and-run accidents in which the victim was a pedestrian. An auto-pedestrian accident is likely to result in serious injuries to the pedestrian, if not death. If the victim or nearby witnesses cannot identify the driver, it could mean a careless driver is getting away with severely injuring or killing someone.
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.
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.
Everyone in Nevada is watching what's happening in Las Vegas now that Metro Police have stopped responding to minor traffic accidents. The new policy has raised a wide variety of concerns about matters from public safety to insurance rates. One of the most serious concerns is that it could lead to more serious drunk driving accidents.
Car accidents are the major cause of death for Americans under 30, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2009, more than 33,000 people were killed in auto accidents, with another 2.2 million injured. Of those casualties, more than 70 percent occurred in passenger vehicles.
One of the most common causes of car accidents in Nevada and the rest of the country is careless driving. In today's fast-paced world, everyone is in a hurry to get somewhere. When driving is rushed, however, many people throw caution to the wind. Drivers roll through a stop sign, hurry through the yellow light or try to make a turn when oncoming cars are too close. So focused on their own agendas, these drivers often fail to consider how their negligence can affect others.
The Nevada Department of Transportation data shows that in the year 2012 there were 74 people who lost their lives in an accident in which alcohol played a contributing factor. The 2013 year has not yet come to a close, but there have already been 49 alcohol-related traffic deaths in the state.
Many of us in Reno read about car accidents all the time. Because they happen so often, we rarely think twice about them. However, those who have been in a serious car accident know how dramatically they can change your life.