Skier Dead in Nevada Accident

A man died in a skiing accident at Mt. Rose this weekend. His body was discovered Sunday after being caught in an avalanche on Saturday. The man was reportedly skiing out of bounds in a closed area and others on the mountain saw him caught in the avalanche. At least, the body of man was found today, we’re hoping there aren’t multiple victims of the avalanche and that this man is a different one than who went missing. As sad as one person’s death is, and additional death would be that much worse.

The man who was found dead after this Northern Nevada skiing accident was said to be 64 years old. His name won’t be released, per standard protocol, until his family is notified. The case is being looked into by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, and the body is being looked at by the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office. No foul play is expected or suspected, at least according to media reports, but law enforcement still must investigate. The victim’s family deserves it, as does everyone who spends time at the resort. If for some reason fault lay in part or in whole with the ski resort, that needs to be addressed so that others don’t meet the same fate as this skier.

Skiing accidents in Nevada are not uncommon, though they do not usually end in death. However, at least a few people do die in a typical year in different types of Nevada skiing and snowboarding accidents. Injuries and deaths result from everything from backcountry skiing to reckless actions by other skiers and riders. Alcohol and even recreational drugs are not uncommon on the slopes, and those can result in impaired accidents. Depending on the circumstances, these can be devastating, and debilitating. People injured in these accidents deserve top personal injury lawyers like Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law. We help people injured in Nevada skiing accidents or the loved ones of those killed recover compensation when another person was at fault. Benson & Bingham are experienced skiing accident attorneys, and we handle all types of Nevada personal injury law as well.

Man Killed In Reno Bus Accident

A Reno Transit bus hit and killed a pedestrian in Reno, NV on Friday, June 12th. The accident happened at approximately 3 p.m. on East 9th St. near Dolomite Cir. The pedestrian had been riding the bus before getting off at his stop and crossing in front of the Washoe County owned mass transit vehicle. The man was pulled under the front wheel of the bus, then, when the bus came to a stop, the rear wheel was still on the man. The Reno pedestrian death in bus accident was rushed to Reno hospital and his condition has been listed as stable. Reno police detectives are investigating the Washoe County walker crash. A spokesman for the Regional Transportation Commission, or RTC released information that everyone in the agency was upset by the accident and that it in the past has prided itself on its safety record. The agency is also working closely with the Reno police to determine the cause of the death.

 

While the accident is still being investigated, the police have announced that in fact the man killed in the accident had been drinking alcohol. The man, whose name has not been released, died on Saturday, June 13th.

 

In 2010, the University of Michigan released a study on motorcoach accidents and driver safety. The University researchers studied data beginning with 1999 and ending with 2005 and created a snapshot on what happens on roads in America. The findings showed that approximately 63,000 buses are in accidents every year. 14,000 of those bus accidents end up injuring a person and in approximately 325, someone is killed. Each year, about 50 people on a bus die in an accident, including drivers and passengers. Buses in urban areas are nearly two times more likely to be in an accident and charter buses are the ones that are most prone to accidents. A study released in 2012 showed that buses are not safer than other automobiles like cars. Even though the total number of bus accidents every year are small, the total number of miles driven by buses each year across the United States is quite small.

 

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New Traffic Lights At Intersection With Many Reno Pedestrian Deaths

The Silver State’s transportation department has just finished the installation of a pedestrian traffic signal on North Virginia in Reno. A traffic signal that many had said would never be installed. The agency held a ceremony yesterday, June 5th. The new pedestrian safety signal is at the intersection of Bailey Drive and North Virginia Street. A number of prominent Northern Nevada politicians were at the event including, Hillary Schieve, Mayor of Reno, Rudy Malfabon, the director of the State of Nevada’s transportation agency, Bob Lucey, County Commissioner and the Lee Gibson, the head of Northern Nevada RTC. The ceremony was also attended by the General Manager of the Bonanza Casino, Ryan Sheltra. There has been greater focus on pedestrian safety across the Silver State due to the dramatic rise in pedestrian deaths in Northern Nevada and Southern Nevada. In 2010, only 35 pedestrians were killed in the Silver State. 2014 saw that total grow to almost 70. The Silver State has instituted a Zero Fatalities program that is working to bring the total number of traffic deaths to none. The new signal is an upgrade to pedestrian caution flashers at the crosswalk. Instead of taking their chances running across the four lane road, pedestrians can now hit a button to activate a walk signal. The department of transportation is funding additional pedestrian improvements in that area including at Hoge Rd., Moraine Wy., and Talus Wy. in Reno.

 

The department of transportation has budgeted $10 million for pedestrian improvements across Washoe and Clark Counties – the state of Nevada’s urban centers and locales where primarily the high increase in Clark County and Washoe County crosswalk accidents have happened. The total NDOT budget for improving road safety across the state is nearly $21 million. In addition to the te signal the project, which cost $216,000 and was built by PAR Contractors, also included the installation of a concrete barrier along the roadway to increase the safety of those turning right. Additional improvements are scheduled as well including a island median, more lighting and sidewalks.

 

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Sparks Trespassing Shooting May Lead To Reno Wrongful Death Case

The jury is currently being picked for Wayne Burgarello’s murder trial. Mr. Burgarello, 74, is being tried for the shooting death of two people who had trespassed in a vacant property owned by Mr. Burgarello. Nevada law allows individuals to use deadly force with firearms in their homes when they are subjected to a legitimate threat. The bill also cautions homeowners against shooting first and not being aggressors. Even though Mr. Burgarello believed he was in danger, police and district attorneys handled the case as one of capital murder. A conviction on a capital murder charge could lead to a Reno wrongful death suit.

 

The home invasion linked shootings happened just before valentine’s day last year on February 14th, 2014. Neighbors alerted Mr. Burgarello that people were in his vacant duplex. Then, Mr Burgarello went to the duplex with two loaded handguns to investigate. Upon entering, Mr. Burgarello saw another man in the unit, Cody Devine, 34. Mr. Burgarello shot Mr. Devine when he thought he saw a gun or other weapon in Mr. Devine’s hand. A police investigation revealed that Mr. Devine was not carrying any weapon of any kind and that he had been shot many times. Another person in the vacant duplex at the time, Janai Wilson, 29, was also shot repeatedly by Mr. Burgarello. Ms. Wilson, however, survived the attack and is expected to testify against Mr. Burgarello in his trial.

 

A number of bills in the Nevada assembly were introduced that were intended to strengthen the laws associated with the castle doctrine in Nevada. The castle doctrine is a legal concept purported by guns rights activists. The doctrine, in its purest form, enables homeowners to use nearly any means necessary to deal with trespassers. It enables those involved in such incidents to use justifiable homicide defenses in their court cases. The doctrine also provides some immunity against Nevada wrongful death lawsuits. The bills that were introduced to increase castle doctrine protections in 2015 and SB 175, SB 171 and AB 139. AB 139 was considered to be an omnibus gun rights bill which also worked to include other gun rights for silver staters.
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New Traffic Light Scheduled For Installation To Curb Reno Pedestrian Accidents

A new traffic light is being installed on North Virginia in Reno to curb the rash of Northern Nevada pedestrian accidents that plagued that strip of road in 2014. Representatives from the State of Nevada Transportation Department released a statement saying construction is set to begin on the new pedestrian safety traffic light in the northern part of Reno, commonly known as The Biggest Little City. Construction begins on the new traffic signal on the 11th of May, a Monday. Currently at the intersection, there is a flashing signal warning motorists of pedestrians. The new traffic light instead will enable those who wish to cross the street to press a button that will enable a traffic light that will stop cars and trucks for people to cross the street safely. Additional improvements are planned including the installation of a new concrete barrier along the roadside to make turns safer. An additional improvement includes a bus station being moved to the north to allow for the installation of the barrier. The new road construction will costs Nevada taxpayers over $215,000 but will reduce deaths of people crossing Northern Virginia.

 

The State of Nevada has budgeted nearly $10 million for road construction in the name of pedestrian safety. The budgeted money is for those improvements in Washoe or Clark county – two counties that have seen their continued urbanization result in pedestrian deaths in Northern Nevada or Southern Nevada. For an example, already 20 people have already died in 2015 in Clark County and Washoe County pedestrian pedestrian accidents. The twenty deaths are the same as last years toll by this part of the year. Yearly totals since 2009 have jumped from approximately 35 pedestrian deaths a year to 68 pedestrian deaths a year.


The last Reno pedestrian accident that happened in front of the casino was just before Christmas last year. At the time, a 54-year old man was killed trying to cross the street. The Reno resident’s name was Vincent Yowell. the accident which happened at approximately 4:30 in the morning on December 22, happened when Mr. Yowell was hit by two cars heading up the four lane road. At first, neither of the cars that had hit and killed Mr. Yowell stopped at the accident, but days later, after seeing stories about the death in local news outlets, a 53-year old Reno man approached police and informed them he was driving in the area at the time of the accident and thought he had struck a large animal.

One Man Injured and One Boy Killed In Separate Northern Nevada Train Accidents

Two males involved in separate area train accidents in April. The first, from early April involved a man, 53, who was hit by a tran and stuck underneath. The last update from police shows that he was critically injured but that was considered stable by attending physicians. After being freed from the train, the man was rushed to a local hospital and spent several hours in surgery. The accident happened at Record St., and Sixth St. near Reno’s downtown.

 

Ren police stated that the conductor of the train had ample time to warn the man to get off of the train tracks and get to safety, but the man either didn’t hear the screaming conductor and roaring train or simply ignored them in the rail injury in Reno.

 

While the conductor saw the man on the tracks he attempted to stop the train, but the heavy 800 ton train takes a significant distance to stop at nearly any speed. In fact, because of the numerous amount of people struck, clipped and grazed by trains in the Reno downtown area, trains only travel through downtown at very slow speeds – 10 miles per hour to reduce train accidents in Northern Nevada.

 

The area sees a lower number of train accidents in Washoe County due to the train trench that was dug in downtown Reno in the early 2000s. The first train to run through the Reno train trench went through on April 18, 2005.

 

In nearby Nevada County, California, on Sunday, April 20, a young boy was killed in a train accident. The train accident happened in Farad, CA. The boy, 13-year old Anthony Schafer, was hit by the train while looking at the Truckee River. Emergency personnel rushed the young boy to a nearby trauma center via helicopter but he succumbed to his wounds. Two neighboring police agencies responded to the train accident, which happened at approximately 6 p.m.

 

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Man Injured In Downtown Reno Aircraft Accident

Some injuries are commonplace – car accidents, pedestrian accidents, slips and falls in a casino, work accidents. Others are rare – freak accidents where someone accidentally suffers a severe cut in the kitchen, a bridge collapsing or even a bridge collapsing. A Reno aviation accident last weekend was thankfully significantly less tragic than one would expect. Last Sunday, a glider pilot abandoned his aircraft as it began to rip apart mid-air. As the glider plunged to the ground, the pilot was able to eject and parachute onto downtown Reno city streets. The pilot, upon landing at 5th Street an Arlington Avenue, was injured, but only minor. The glider landed in two pieces in Reno, with a wing coming to a stop at a park named Dick Taylor. The fuselage of the plane landed on the roof of a parking garage on the top of a nearby hospital. The same hospital the glider pilot was rushed to in order to treat his injuries. The Northern Nevada air accident is currently being investigated by the United States transportation agency, and the name of the pilot and the full extent of his injuries has not been released.

 

Fortunately, what could have been a tragic accident did not turn out so. The aircraft incident in Washoe County did not result in a Ren automobile accident, since it happened on a Sunday afternoon at what can often be a busy intersection. No pedestrians or onlookers were hurt by the man parachuting in the middle of a busy street. With plane parts falling from the sky no one was hurt by falling debris. Even though the plane’s fuselage landed in a parking lot, no one was hurt there and even none of the parked cars suffered any damage.

 

Like many recent stories, this Reno air accident received national media attention in magazines such as Popular Mechanics, Jalopnik, The Sacramento Bee, and Flying Magazine.

 

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Woman Sentenced In 2014 Reno Pedestrian Accident

A 2014 Reno hit and run accident has finally come to somewhat of a conclusion when Nevada resident, Myree Townsend, 40. Ms. Townsend pleaded to a felony count of leaving the scene of an injury accident and has been ordered to pay a portion of nearly $1 million every week. The additional parts of Ms. Townsend’s sentence include community service of over 500 hours and five years of probation. Ms. Townsend turned herself in to Reno police for the Northern Nevada pedestrian accident about a week after the crash occurred.

The May 2014 pedestrian accident in Washoe County was life changing for the teenager that was hit. The accident, which happened in a crosswalk in the Southern end of Reno. 24-year old Gabriel Kennedy was crossing near a crosswalk when he was hit by a light colored small SUV. The driver of the SUV, Myree Townsend, did not wait for police or assist to help the young man and later turned herself into police. Mr. Kennedy was seriously harmed in the accident – having lost a leg to amputation, and the young man was in a coma for a considerable amount of time. He also has a large scar on one of his arms. There is a hole in Mr. Kennedy’s neck that was used to help him breathe while he was in his coma.

 

Mr. Kennedy has been working through significant rehabilitation due to the accident. The Reno man additionally suffered a collapsed lung and brain injury and now has trouble speaking. Much of the healing Mr. Kennedy had to do was allow his brain to stop swelling from the serious trauma of the accident.

 

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Maine Chair Lift Accident Could Happen In Northern Nevada

A Maine ski resort, Sugarloaf, had a significant chair lift accident that injured seven of the two hundred people who were on the lift at the time. The ski resort accident was caused by a fault in a gearbox which caused the malfunction. The accident is currently being investigated and the ski resort remains closed. Just before the weekend, the gearbox that malfunctioned this weekend was inspected – and passed. The lift was working correctly on Saturday afternoon when it abruptly stopped then spun backwards, approximately for half of the distance of the lift. While Nevada ski resorts have had a relatively weak ski season in Winter 2014/2015, accidents can still happen at Northern Nevada/Lake Tahoe ski resorts. If you have been injured in a Reno vacation accident, contact Benson and Bingham today to start discussing your case.

 

Since both Northern and Southern Nevada are tourist heavy areas, tourism accidents in Clark County and Washoe County are very common. Some of the more common types of Northern or Southern Nevada vacation accidents that happen are casino accidents. Casino accidents can be escalator mishaps, elevator malfunctions, alcohol-related injuries and even slip and fall accidents on tile and carpet. Slip and fall accidents can happen on carpet or tile. Carpets can wear out and people can slip on tile that is being mopped and cleaned. Other types of vacation accidents can be when tourists are participating in extreme sports. Extreme sport injuries can come from snowboarding, skiing, boating, swimming and water skiing. In Southern Nevada, tourist accidents can come from skydiving and ATV adventures. Some have even been injured hiking in the mountains around Lake Tahoe or around Lake Mead.

 

Benson and Bingham is a Southern Nevada personal injury law firm that has significant presence across the Silver State. Our Nevada licensed attorneys have experience with Las Vegas automobile accidents, Clark County wrongful death cases and even pedestrian accidents in Southern Nevada. We can also represent people who are injured in casinos and vacation resorts outside of Nevada when the property’s corporate headquarters is based in the Silver State. Our firm is extremely client focused – we develop strong relationships with the individuals and families we represent and these relationships are often responsible for referrals we receive for new clients. Everyone of our clients is also covered by our exclusive happiness guarantee. Not happy with the final invoice in your case? Benson and Bingham’s team members will develop an invoice structure that meets with your approval.

 

Huge Increase in 2015 Northern Nevada Homicides

Statistics show homicides have seen significant early growth in 2015 in Washoe County. Much of the time, a homicide can potentially be a Reno wrongful death case and the surviving family members should contact a Nevada personal injury attorney to discuss potential remuneration due to the loss of their loved one. The homicides have occurred throughout the Washoe Valley. A woman was injured and a man was killed in a shooting in Sparks on Burnside Dr. Near UNR, Two women died in a murder suicide in February. A home invasion resulted in the beating death of a Reno man in January. In 2014, Northwestern Nevada saw no homicides.

There is little evidence that the Northern Nevada wrongful deaths suggest a trend. The weather so far in 2015 has been warm with little rain and snow. One of a key factors to many in-home homicides is domestic violence.

The Sparks murder from last week occurred when a woman and her friend had returned to the former domicile to retrieve property. The woman who was killed was found shot on the front yard of her former residence. Police responded to and arrived at the residence approximately one minute after the 911 call.

The February murder suicide occurred on Brentwood Dr. at the 1000 block. When police and paramedics reported to the scene of the suspected crime, they found the two women, murdered and three cats in the back yard that had also been killed with single gunshots. A gun that is suspected of being used in the shootings was also found at the scene.

At the end of January, a Sparks home invasion resulted in the death of a man trying to defend his home. Robert McDonald, 68, was killed when someone had broken into the 20th St. home on the 900 block and beat both men. Mr. McDonald eventually was removed from life support systems and succumbed to his injuries. Sparks police found no evidence of forced entry and due to the nature of the injuries, neither man that was hurt was able to explain the attack.

If you have a family member that has died to an untimely death, contact Benson and Bingham today to speak to one of our licensed Nevada personal injury attorneys. Benson and Bingham, based in Las Vegas, is one of Nevada’s leading personal injury law firms, specializing in wrongful death in Washoe County, Las Vegas automobile accidents and Southern Nevada casino slip and fall incidents.