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54-year Old Man Killed In Reno Pedestrian Accident

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With fatal pedestrian accidents occurring on the average of one every two months (or 6 times a year) in Reno, area police departments, the Nevada Department of Transportation and the Washoe County Commission are all looking for ways to reduce the number of pedestrian deaths in Washoe County. In December, a 54-year old man was killed crossing North Virginia Ave in front of the Bonanza casino. The man, Vincent Yowell, was eventually found to be inebriated at the time of the crash and had failed to activate the walk signal that would have alerted motorists that someone was crossing. Mr. Yowell was actually struck by two automobiles and one of the drivers contacted Reno police about the accident. The 53-year old driver was the second to hit Mr. Yowell and believed that he had hit a large animal, instead of hitting a person. The Bonanza Hotel’s surveillance cameras caught the accident, and absolved both drivers of fault in the crash.

In an attempt to reduce the number of Reno pedestrian accidents, the Reno police have begun a number of efforts to ticket those in Reno who are not driving safely or who are driving recklessly. Police have been sending undercover officers to dangerous intersections in Washoe County. All intersections have crosswalks, whether they are marked or not. When someone is in a crosswalk, unless there is a traffic island, motorists must stop and wait for them cross the street completely before those driving cars continue on their way. Crosswalks can also be in areas that are heavily trafficked by pedestrians, including areas around schools, parks and hospitals. When turning a corner, drivers are asked to slow down and anticipate someone crossing the street. It has been estimated that approximately 50% of all pedestrian accidents are the fault of the person hit by a car and not the driver.

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Vehicle Accident in Reno, Among Many

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There have been a slew of vehicle accidents in Northern Nevada over the last few days. Many of the accidents have been the predicable, if still terrible, winter weather accidents. We’ve finally seen some precipitation and that means wet road car crashes in Reno and the surrounding area, and snow and ice accidents up in the higher elevations. Mix out of towners into the snowy slushy slurry, and you have the perfect, if that’s the right word, recipe for anything from fender benders to bad rollover crashes in Washoe County, Douglass County, Carson City, and more. Word to the wise, for anyone reading this who isn’t familiar with driving in the snow, rain or ice: four wheel drive will not save you. You can’t lock it into four wheel and then go as fast as you want or normally would. It won’t keep you from sliding off the road if you take a turn too fast, and it doesn’t mean you can stop on a dime. You still have to go slow, and be careful. And if you’re a victim of someone else’s negligence and inability to drive safely in the snow, the next thing you need is a good lawyer like Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law who can fight for your legal rights and get you the compensation you deserve and need to move on with your life.

But perhaps the most recent car accident near Reno does not appear to be one of these snow accidents. Little is known about this vehicle accident so far. The severity of any injuries, the age, name, or even the sex of the driver of the vehicle has not been released. The vehicle, which has not been described, allegedly hit a tree. There were said to not have been any other vehicles involved. But one thing we learned from a recent Las Vegas car accident is that appearances at first blush are not always what it appears to be. You need a good lawyer on your side, looking out for your interests as any investigation gets moving. Benson & Bingham can find out if the accident was the fault of another person or entity, and get you the compensation you deserve. Benson & Bingham offer free initial consultations, so contact us today and set up an appointment to let us know your side of what happened, and get a top lawyer on your side.

Pedestrian Accidents in Reno Area on Rise

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There have been several pedestrian accidents in Reno and the surrounding area in the last few days. Like that accident in the previous link, thankfully there have not been just as many deaths from these accidents, just injuries so far. Another pedestrian accident in Northern Nevada happened the other day which, perhaps unlike this accident, appears to have been the fault of the pedestrian crossing outside a marked sidewalk. We see a number of that type of pedestrian accident in Las Vegas, as well, where people cross the street outside of a legal crossing area, like a crosswalk, and get hit. Sometimes, however, those accidents are still predominantly the fault of the driver if they were speeding in Las Vegas, driving drunk, or otherwise driving recklessly.

If you’re injured in a pedestrian accident, you need a good lawyer. Benson & Bingham have been helping people injured in pedestrian accidents in Las Vegas and Reno areas get the coverage they deserve for a combined decades of time. Our top pedestrian accident lawyers can get you the coverage and compensation you need if you’re injured due in total or in part to the carelessness or recklessness of another person. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn your legal rights and options. Benson & Bingham can help you, as we have helped so many others. Our experienced attorneys know that it’s not as simple as being in a marked crosswalk or not, or any other simple, easy journalistic rules of thumb. Each case is unique, and each situation needs to be looked at and judged on its own merits. That’s why we offer free consultations, so you can come in without worry and tell us about your situation, and have us explain your legal options and rights. If you have a case, we’ll see it and represent you to the fullest.

These two recent pedestrian accidents were in similar places. The most recent was around the Mill St and Yori Ave intersection. The other was on El Rancho Drive, just a little ways away. These were not areas named as the most dangerous in a recent in depth article on pedestrian accidents and safety, but perhaps they will be in future articles.

1 Injured in Serious Northern Nevada Ski Accident, Hit and Run

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A woman was recently injured in a skiing accident near Reno, at Mt. Rose Ski Resort, in a type of hit and run accident. The woman was very seriously hurt, her injuries so bad that doctors say that about half of the people that sustain such an injury can be killed. The woman’s pelvis broke in three different spots. One of side of the pelvis was essentially separated by a break from the rest of it. Because of the severity of the injury, doctors don’t expect her to be able to walk for at least six or eight weeks. Future x-rays and tests will determine what her prognosis fully as, as they see if the bones knit together quickly or if the pieces of the break move apart at all, which would indicate the need for more healing time, and possibly more aggressive medical procedures and interventions. If you’ve been injured in a snowboarding or skiing accident in Nevada and believe the injury was due to the negligence of another person or even the ski resort, contact Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law today to discuss your legal options in a free consultation with our top winter accident attorneys.

The woman’s Nevada skiing injury came from being hit by another skier who then simply road off. This, according to Nevada law, is a type of hit and run accident similar to a hit and run car accident in Las Vegas. There is a legal obligation on the part of both parties to stop and stay at the scene of the accident. The skier hit the woman from behind, which also indicates negligence, in the same way that a rear end car accident in Southern Nevada is legally almost always the fault of the rear driver. This could be why the individual skied off – they were worried about negligence, and as well they should be. Benson & Bingham can help you recover compensation to pay your medical bills and give you space to heal if you’re injured in an accident like this, whether or not the other person is every found. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss the situation. There is potential for negligence and even burden of payment to fall on many other parties in a situation like this. Your own insurance may even have hit and run coverage above normal for you. Come speak with Benson & Bingham about your options today.

More Info on DUI Wreck in Northern Nevada

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More information has been released about a vehicle accident in Northern Nevada which left one person dead and multiple people injured. The crash occurred on New Year’s Day near Incline Village. This Washoe County automobile crash took place around 6:30 in the evening when one vehicle, reportedly driven by a Manuel Mejia-Verduzco, crossed the midline on the Mt. Rose Highway and struck another vehicle. He was driving a late ‘90s model Isuzu Rodeo, and the vehicle he struck was an early 2000s model Jeep Liberty. The passenger in the Rodeo (the vehicle driven by Mejia-Verduzco which crossed the median line) died in Reno at the Renown Regional Medical Center after being flown there following the accident. The deceased was identified as Hugo Soto-Barrios, a 40 year old man.

The three people in the Jeep that was struck were all injured in this car wreck near Reno. The driver, identified as Irma Gouadarram, escaped with the lightest injuries, and was let out of the hospital after staying just that night. The two other individuals in that vehicle were listed in serious condition and remained in the hospital under care.

The driver of the vehicle reported to have caused the accident was said to have fled the scene. He was found at his apartment sometime later, in part due to the help of information from eyewitnesses to the accident. He was cowering in the bathroom of his Incline Village domicile with a broken arm and broken leg, both on the left side of his body. He was taken into custody following treatment for his injuries, and booked on multiple charges. Driving under the influence in Nevada may have been a factor in the accident.

If you’ve been injured in an auto accident in Nevada, Benson & Bingham can help. Our attorneys help individuals in both Northern and Southern Nevada who have been hurt or had family members killed, especially in Nevada DUI car wrecks as they happen quite frequently. Benson & Bingham know how to handle these cases, and offer free consultations so you can come visit with us even if you’re not sure if the accident you were in qualifies and was due to another’s negligence. We’ll walk you through your legal options.

Man Killed In Reno Pedestrian Accident on Christmas Eve

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A pedestrian accident across from the Bonanza casino in Reno early Christmas eve has resulted in the death of Vincent Yowell, 54. Mr. Yowell, a resident of Reno, NV, was hit by two cars as he attempted to cross North Virginia Ave in Reno at approximately 4:30 in the morning on December 24th. One of the automobiles involved in the accident stopped and waited for police to arrive. The second car, however, left the scene. Police had begun searching for the 2nd vehicle in the accident and even offered a $2000 reward via the Secret Witness program in the Reno pedestrian accident.

The Washoe County traffic death caused traffic on the highly travelled road. Both lanes were closed on North Virginia as police investigated the accident into Christmas morning.

Reno police have stated that they did not believe the accident was due to the use of alcohol or drugs while driving. The second driver in the accident contacted police on Wednesday to say that he was in the vicinity of the accident and thought he had hit a large animal with his car. Police and the Washoe County district attorney are attempting to determine whether or not they will press charges of fleeing the scene from a Washoe County pedestrian crash. Police investigators are saying that they believe the man crossing North Virginia was in the cross walk at the time of the accident.

The area of the accident on North Virginia has been the sight of an additional pedestrian fatality in the past couple years. Moving farther south and north from the cross walk in front of the Bonanza casino, there have been an additional two recent pedestrian deaths, one in 2011 and one in January 2012. Area residents have been requesting the Nevada Department of transportation install additional lighting on the crosswalks in this highly travelled section of road.

Police are urging pedestrians and drivers to use more caution when driving in the area.

car-accidentIf you or a loved one has been hurt in a Reno automobile accident, a Washoe County work accident or even a Northern Nevada casino accident, the personal injury attorneys at NV-Attorney.com can help you to recover financially from the accident. Our Nevada licensed attorneys have significant experience assisting individuals who have been hurt through no fault of their own recover money lost to hospital expenses, burials costs, pain and suffering and even lost work. Our firm also offers all of those we represent our exclusive happiness guarantee – if at the end of your case you are not satisfied with your final fee for services, we will work with you to come to a final invoice that meets with your approval.

As Winter Weather Returns, Northern Nevadans Urged to Drive with Caution

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As the Reno/Tahoe area gets some of the first precipitation this year, due to significant drought conditions that have dried out nearly all of California and Nevada, drivers need to drive cautiously as they hit the roads. Not only does rainfall after drought conditions make roads slicker than they can be in usual rainfall situations, the year has been so dry that Northern Nevada drivers haven’t had much recent experience traversing wet and icy roads. When these conditions happen, Reno automobile accidents are liable to occur. If you or a family member has been hurt or killed in a Northern Nevada automobile accident, contact NV-Attorney today to begin discussing your case.

Each year, AAA, a US insurance company and road club, offers tips on driving during wintry weather. When it is snowing, drivers are urged to get enough sleep – fatigue behind the wheel, plus icy roads can often result in crashes. Often, people will run out to their car and start it 5 to 15 minutes before leaving. When doing this, be sure to move your car out of an enclosed space like a garage. While it is important at all times for your car to be in top working condition, under-inflated tires can contribute to loss of control of your vehicle when the roads are wet or icy. In addition to having tires correctly inflated, it is important to also keep your gas tank half full. This will help prevent gas lines from freezing up. The best way to prevent a Reno car accident is to prepare yourself before getting behind the wheel.

The most important thing drivers can do to reduce the chance of accidents on wet and icy roads is to slow down. When there is snow or ice on the ground, it takes longer to stop than usual. To counter this, when it is cold, wet, icy and snowy, slower speeds enables drivers to adjust for emergencies or other unanticipated road hazards such as lost dogs, joggers, pedestrians or even people running red lights or stop lights. Recovering from cold weather automobile accidents can require simple repairs, hospital visits or even Northern Nevada wrongful death litigation.

Benson and Bingham is a Southern Nevada law firm practiced at personal injury cases across the state of Nevada. Our team of experienced attorneys have significant experience fighting for our clients when they have been injured through no fault of their own. Always remember, insurance companies have their own attorneys to assist them in creating insurance policies or in personal injury cases – be sure to have experience legal counsel on your side as well.

Reno News: Vehicle Accident With Hilarious Excuse for Hit and Run

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Here’s an excuse rarely used in the Las Vegas for car accidents and leaving the scene, nor do we hear it much from the news media in Reno on vehicle accidents either. According to that story, though, a man in an accident in Cumberland County which he allegedly fled from had quite the excuse for why: he just wanted to get away from his girlfriend who was screaming at him. He did come in to the police station a little after the accident voluntarily. But long enough to earn himself a citation for fleeing the scene in addition to the reckless driving charge an accident will get you. No matter the excuses surrounding it if you’re injured in an accident in Northern Nevada that was the fault of someone or something else then Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law can help you.

The girlfriend yelling at him, him yelling at the girlfriend, children distracting from the road, snow, ice, none of these are true excuses for negligence in a vehicle injury accident in Nevada. Our top lawyers at Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law can help you understand when another person may have been at fault in your injury accident. We’ll sit with you for a free consultation to listen to your story and help you understand your legal options. If your Northern or Southern Nevada personal injury was the fault of another person or the negligence of a company or product we’ll represent you and get you the compensation you deserve to help you pay your medical bills, any work absence, and get your life back together. Our top injury attorneys are adept at getting you the best possible outcome for your situation. Contact us today for a free consultation.

It doesn’t sound like this accident is an enormous deal that caused a fight so bad the guy walked away from it for the yelling of his girlfriend. The gentleman is said to have tapped a utility pole. Actually, he may have tapped the pole because of a previous something that caused his girlfriend to already be yelling at him. Witnesses described hearing yelling before the smash of the accident, perhaps that is what was so additionally stressful as to make the guy walk away from the whole thing.

Injury Accident in Carson City Due to Road Rage

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Earlier this month in a Northern Nevada car crash, we saw how angry emotions on the road can lead to a potentially life- threatening vehicle accident situation. Apparently, a man from Fernley, NV had to be taken to Renown Medical Center after an accident that occurred in Carson City. This story is a great example of how a little frustration on the road can escalate into something neither party probably ever wanted to get involved in.

This Northern Nevada car accident occurred on Interstate 580 in Carson City, and the drivers involved were operating vehicles, and their tempers, fast enough to be in need of Nevada speeding tickets. The 52 year old driver of a burgundy Nissan Truck and the 41 year old Fernley man in a white dodge truck allegedly began by flipping each other off, which then went further. According to Nevada Highway Patrol officers who were on the scene after the accident occurred, the driver of the white Dodge swerved his vehicle towards the driver of the burgundy Nissan, which caused him to lose control of his own truck, which eventually rolled into the southern bound lane of US- 50. The Dodge hit a barrier wall and flipped, ending up upside down.

The driver of the white Dodge truck was recorded as having critical injuries, while the driver of the Burgundy Nissan truck was not injured, as well as his 61 year old female passenger, who luckily went unaffected by the drivers’ angry reactions.

We’ve all been there, another driver cuts us off in traffic and we have the sudden urge to ride their bumper until the next exit to give them a piece of our minds. Most of us have also been the driver that occasionally makes a silly mistake and manages to anger a fellow driver, who then in turn gives us the middle finger through their passenger window. Hopefully though, we try to never let these situations escalate dangerously. If you or a loved one have fallen victim to an injury accident in Southern or Northern Nevada as a result of someone’s road rage, please contact Benson & Bingham for your free consultation. In fact, if you’ve been involved in any kind of auto accident in Nevada, contact Benson & Bingham to get the compensation and advice you need.

Winter Auto Accidents in Washoe County on the Way

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Winter conditions are returning. In one sense we need it as much as possible. We’ve been very dry the last few years, extraordinarily so in fact, and in major want of water. While winter is usually the time that we get the most of that precipitation, along with it comes a raft of vehicle accident injuries in Northern Nevada. The first very wet roads, the first freezing and whitening of the roads, that will even catch experienced snow drivers. In some places in the area it’s a lawn chair viewing activity to watch people slip slide around. Whether you’re a local who was hit due to the negligence of a weekend warrior whose four wheel drive didn’t save him or an experienced snow driver injured on vacation in Nevada by someone else’s bad driving you need a top lawyer. This is where we see the most separation in outcomes for people who are injured in car accidents near Reno. The people who find a great Nevada law firm like Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law end up feeling satisfied with their outcome and treatment, and the ones who don’t. If you’ve been injured in a car crash in Washoe County come see Benson & Bingham today for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and options without obligation.

A few storms are about to blow into the area, in fact, that could lead to some winter driving and snow, rain and the vehicle accidents across Northern Nevada you see with it. While not expected to be monumental storms that’ll solve all our water issues or even be enough to make our skiers and snowboarders salivate much, there will be some precipitation likely coming through starting tomorrow, Wednesday. The weather is then forecast to continue with more rain and snow at higher elevations until at least Saturday.

If you get caught in a snowy or rainy roadway accident in Nevada this winter, Benson & Bingham have you covered. Our top Reno area accident attorneys will sit with you for a free consultation, discuss your legal options and potential for coverage of your injuries and compensation for the accident, and talk through next steps with you. We’re confident that at that point you’ll be ready to have the top lawyers at Benson & Bingham go to work right away on your claim. Contact us today.

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