Nevada Car Accident Attorneys
In Nevada, 309 people died and 2,377 sustained serious injuries at intersections in Nevada from 2011 to 2015. These collisions were Nevada’s leading cause of permanent disability. Unfortunately, Clark County has the highest number of traffic fatalities every year, accounting for 136 deaths in 2016. Most of these collisions were caused by a driver’s negligence.
People often assume catastrophic car collisions won’t happen to them. Yet, thousands of unsuspecting people become victims in serious car wrecks every year. Negligent drivers, unsafe roads, and other dangerous conditions put all of us at risk.
Below are some of the major reasons for the needless injuries and deaths that occur on our roadways every year.
Estimates vary, but the American Auto Association attributes 25 to 50 percent of all traffic collisions to distracted drivers. Sadly, reckless and negligent drivers engage in distracted driving simply because they think they can safely multitask. Yet, it is impossible for drivers ensure they don’t injure others when they are using a mobile device, eating, drinking, or otherwise not paying attention. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,477 people died from distracted driving in 2015. In fact, texting and driving is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving.
Drunk driving is a primary cause of preventable motor vehicle crash deaths and injuries across the country. According to DrinkingandDriving.org, on the average, around 12,000 people die every year in DUI-related collisions, approximately 900,000 drivers are arrested year for DUI/DWI, and a full a third of those have been arrested for drunk driving previously.
The majority of drunk-driving crashes in Clark County occurred on the weekends, with fatalities peaking on Saturdays and serious injuries peaking on Sundays. In 2015, 30% of all Nevada roadway fatalities were the result of driving under the influence.
Drivers falling asleep at the wheel cause almost 100,000 crashes annually, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data. Even when they haven’t fallen asleep, fatigued drivers may drift out of their lane, travel the wrong way on a one-way street or highway entrance ramp, or react too slowly to changes in road and traffic conditions.
Driving when over-tired is negligent driving, and when it causes injuries and fatalities, the driver may be held liable for the injured parties’ damages.
Speeding increases a vehicle’s stopping time thereby making a crash more likely to happen, and even increases the severity of the impact when a crash occurs. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that when speed increases from 40 to 60 miles per hour, the energy released on impact doubles.
Speed kills. If you’ve suffered injuries caused by a speeding driver, you have a right to claim compensation for you damages. Contact the experienced attorneys at Valiente Mott to learn how to protect your rights.
Road rage and aggressive driving are surprisingly common: tailgating, aggressive lane changes, obscene gestures and language, flashing of lights to indicate anger, cutting other drivers off, blocking drivers from making changing lanes, refusing to yield the right of way, or even physically assaulting other drivers are behaviors that can result in serious collisions.
There is no excuse for this kind of risky behavior, and aggressive drivers must be held responsible for the damage they cause. If you’ve been hurt in a crash caused by an aggressive driver, it’s vital you consult an expert auto crash attorney to protect your rights to a monetary recovery of your damages.
Failing to Adjust Driving to Weather Conditions
All drivers must take appropriate precautions when driving in bad weather to avoid causing injuries to themselves or others. That means slowing down when visibility is poor and allowing extra stopping distance when the pavement is wet and slippery. If a driver fails to adjust to weather conditions and causes a crash, he or she may be held liable for the injuries to others as a result.
If you have been involved in a car crash and a portion of your injuries were caused by a defective product in the automobile, you may have a second case to seek compensation. In recent years, many people have experienced additional injuries during a crash that are caused by defective airbags, tires, and ignition systems; stuck acceleration pedals; brake system failures; and master computer failure while the car is in motion.
Many of these items are currently under recall, but this does not absolve the manufacturers from responsibility. Your attorney will be able to determine if any of your injuries were related to a manufacturer defect and if so, you are entitled to seek compensation.