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NHP Searching For Driver In Reno Hit And Run Motorcycle Accident

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Highway Patrol officers are on the lookout for a driver who was involved in a deadly Reno motorcycle accident that happened in early July. NHP suspect that a Subaru WRX hit a Reno man, Stephen Hobbs, 51, while he was riding his motorcycle. The accident happened just after noon on Saturday, July 11th in the vicinity of the Cold Springs off ramp on Highway 395. Mr. Hobbs was travelling Northward on Interstate 395 in the same direction as the Subaru WRX was headed. In the accident, the Subaru hit the motorcycle in the Washoe County motorbike crash. Mr. Hobbs was thrown from his motorcycle in the accident, and was rushed to Renown hospital with injuries that were considered critical. He was taken to the hospital by helicopter. Mr. Hobbs later passed away at Renown Hospital. Mr. Hobbs, a California corrections officer, was driving a KTM motorcycle at the time of the accident.


Investigators are thinking that the Subaru WRX in the accident was from 2010. The Japanese built vehicle may have damage to the right front (passenger) fender and side. NHP have leads that the Subaru is painted silver and the license plates on the car are of the Nevada sunset variety. The Cold Springs sports bike collision is being investigated as a road rage accident.


motorbike accidentRoad rage is considered a significant factor in automobile accidents across the United States. 2/3rds of all US traffic deaths are the result of driving aggressively and just over 1/3rd of aggressive driving accidents have a gun involved. Statistics show that men under 19 are the biggest demographic in road rage accidents. The term road rage was coined by a Los Angeles television station when multiple highway shooting accidents happened on LA freeways. Road rage is defined as when a traffic accident happens when multiple road infractions occur that endanger or harm people or property. Half of all drivers report that they respond to aggressive driving with aggressive actions on their own. Those behaviors include rude gestures, tailgating and even horn honking. In seven years, over 12,000 people were injured in road rage incidents and approximately 220 people were killed. Even more frightening, 2% of drivers admit to attempting to drive someone off the road.
If you have been hurt in an accident that is no fault of your own, Las Vegas personal injury attorneys Benson and Bingham can assist you in recovering financially from the collision.

Man Killed In Reno Pickup Truck Rollover Accident

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The NHP said that on Tuesday July 21st, a man from Reno died when his truck was in a single car rollover accident. The accident happened near the McCarran Blvd. exit on Interstate 80. Police have stated that their investigation shown that the 2002 Ford truck, driven by Nathanael Miccile, 22, was going east on Interstate 80 towards Reno and Sparks. Mr. Miccile attempted to exit the highway on the McCarran Blvd off ramp and began to lose control of the Ford pickup. As Mr. Miccile tried to get control of his truck, he ended up over correcting and the truck entered a not paved part of the onramp. After being in the unpaved section, he hit a warning marker and a roadsign as the truck rolled onto the righthand side. The truck continued out of control eventually resting in W. McCarran Blvd’s median. Mr. Miccile was thrown from the pickup truck and was unfortunately declared dead at the scene of the Reno truck accident.


There was also a passenger in the truck at the time of the accident,Reno resident  Woodrow Wood, 24. Mr. Wood was rushed to the hospital with injuries that were not considered deadly. Neither Mr. Wood or Mr. Miccile were wearing seatbelts at the time of the Washoe County pickup crash. The police investigation also has revealed that there was alcohol involved in the accident.


The Northern Nevada vehicle accident close the westward lane on Interstate 80 as well as the McCarran Blvd off ramp from the highway. The crash caused the lane and exit closures to last for approximately three hours. Nevada Highway Patrol are also asking any witnesses to the accident to please contact the NHP.


Multiple Vehicle AccidentOne of the major factors in accidents in Nevada and the United States are driving while intoxicated. DUI accidents are wholly preventable accidents. Instead of driving while intoxicated, you can take a taxicab, walk or take public transportation. Another way to avoid drunk driving is simply to designate one individual in a group as a non-drinker. This non-drinker often is given free soft drinks from bars and clubs.
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Two Reno Automobile Accidents Result In Two Deaths

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The death of a Reno woman from domestic violence was solved by police due to a Reno automobile accident. the woman who died was Reno resident Angelica Hood, 23. Ms. Wood’s Husband, 32-year old, Dempsey Hood of Reno, was placed in Reno jail in the incident. Mr. Hood’s charges are assaulting a protected person, domestic battery and battery causing harm. Police were called to the scene of a Washoe County car crash at Sun Valley Blvd and Highland Ranch Pkwy. The driver in the accident was on foot when police tracked him down. At the same time, police had gone to the couple’s address in response to a call about an injured woman. The call was just after 10 a.m. on Saturday on Centennial Wy. Police quickly tied the two incidents together.


Mrs. Hood was rushed to a local Reno hospital after the assault but later died from her wounds. In addition to the charges Mr. Hood faces in his wife’s death, he is also charged with not stopping at an accident, resisting arrest, and reckless driving.


A Reno man, 27, died on Friday July 31st in an accident in the vicinity of Virginia Lake. The mzan, Alejandro Sandoval was rushed to Renown Hospital but eventually succumbed to his injuries. The accident happened at Watt St. and Country Club Dr. It occurred around 8 a.m. on the 31st. The accident happened when Stephen Christie, 27, ran a stop sign. Mr. Christie is not cooperating with police and was arrested by police for outstanding warrants and is currently in the jail of Washoe County.

If you have been in a Northern Nevada vehicle collision, the personal injury attorneys at Benson and Bingham, one of Las Vegas’ leading personal injury firms, can help you recover financially from the case. Our attorneys are experts in all types of personal injury law including wrongful death cases, premises injuries and vehicle injuries of all types including bicycle, motorcycle, pedestrian, automobile and commercial vehicle. When you are injured or a family member dies in an accident that isn’t their fault, you are often subjected to significant financial hardship. Some of those new expenses include hospital bills, vehicle repairs and more. We can assist you in getting reimbursed for these costs and can even get you help for pain and suffering and lost work. Go to our website or call our office today for a free initial legal consultation.

Two Police Officers Defend Themselves In Reno Dog Attack

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Two Reno police officers were viciously attacked by three canines at a Reno homeless encampment, near the Truckee River on Thursday. The area that the many homeless people was living in is just to the East of South Virginia St, which runs from North Reno, past the University of Nevada, through Downtown Reno, then it goes into midtown, finally stretching all the way down to the southernmost parts of Reno. Before the Reno dog attack, the two police had headed to the encampment to discuss services for the homeless provided by the City of Reno, Washoe County and the State of Nevada. The encampment is just on the riverbank near Commercial Row near the recycling center operated by Waste Management Corporation. The Washoe County canine bite incident happened around 2:20 p.m. when three dogs that were off of their leashes lunged after the police. The cops backed away from the dogs but were not far enough to elude the animals. The police officers first used batons to fend off the animals but eventually had to use even more force to protect themselves. One of the policemen tasered one of the dogs, and after being hit by the non-lethal weapon, the dog ran away.


Two of the three dogs persisted in attacking the police officers as officers continued to try to fend them off by kicking, punching and more. One dog even leaped up to try to bite the police officers. Eventually, in the interest of his and his partner’s safety on of the police officers used his service weapon on the charging dogs and shot the dog. The dog shot in the Northern Nevada animal strike survived the shooting and was taken to a local animal hospital. The other dogs in the attack were taken by Washoe County Animal Control to a shelter. Police spoke with owners of the dogs but no one was arrested.

The two police officers had entered the homeless encampment to make the residents aware of the services that are available to them from the city, county, state and federal government. The police officers even provide addresses for food banks, homeless shelters and other services not provided by branches of the state. In fact, a new homeless shelter was opened on Wells Avenue to service those who were camping along the river near the recycling plant. While the two police officers were given the remainder of the day off after the attack, Reno police are continuing efforts to assist the city’s homeless population.

Two Children Killed In Reno Automobile Accident

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A toddler and a young child were killed in a Reno automobile accident when a suburban utility vehicle crashed into their home on Monday, June 29th. The toddler killed was a boy, 2. The young child who died was a girl, aged 4. Police are investigating the crash and have yet to file charges against the man who ran into the home, who was 66. The accident happened just off Vassar St, at approximately 1400 Princess Ave. The children’s mother was in the home at the time of the accident but was not hurt in the Washoe County motor vehicle crash. The driver of the SUV has submitted to all examinations and is assisting police in the investigation. So far, investigators have spoken with witnesses who estimate that the SUV was travelling at almost 60 miles per hour at the time of the crash. After the crash, a neighbor, Dean Davis, ran into the home after calling police. The aftermath of the accident filled the neighborhood with a cloud of dust. A youcaring.com donation site has been established to raise funds for the family. The teenage niece of the two children’s mother was also in the home at the time of the crash. She was not hurt as well.


The driver of the SUV in the Northern Nevada fatal truck collision has been confirmed as Sheldon Berg, 66. Mr. Berg was driving his Subaru at the time of the crash. In January two and a half years ago, Mr. Berg was also part of another accident. At the time of the accident, Mr. Berg suffered a medical incident that may have been the cause of the January 2013 accident. Mr. Berg’s driver’s license was suspended six times – none of the suspensions have been for criminal offenses. Mr. Berg was first suspended in 2002 and then again in 2004 and 2007. In each of these three suspensions, Mr. Berg had voluntarily given up his license. Two additional times, once in 2011 and another time in 2010, Mr. Berg had his license taken away for not complying with license restrictions. In 2013, Mr. Berg’s license was again suspended when he refused to be examined by Nevada DMV officials.


Mr. Berg’s current Nevada driver’s license was granted in March 2015. Police have not answered questions as to how Mr. Berg’s license was given back after the 2013 accident and refusal to be examined.


Reno Motorcycle Accident Closes South Virginia St. Near South Meadows

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Police from Reno have limited traffic on South Virginia Southbound near South Meadows as the police investigators are researching a Reno motorcycle accident. A man driving a motorcycle had critical injuries and the accident happened around 4 p.m. Police are asking motorists to avoid driving on that section of South Virginia as the crash is investigated. Police have information that a car involved in the crash fled the scene of the accident.


In mid June, two motorcyclists were hurt seriously and a man driving a car was arrested on Wednesday, June 17th. The accident happened around 1:30 a.m in the morning. The crash was on highway Reno near the highway’s Mustang Exit in Sparks, NV. One man and one woman were hurt in the accident. Their names were William Cole and Karen Cole. Both of the Cole’s are aged just above 50 years old and are husband and wife. After the accident, the Cole’s were taken to Renown hospital in downtown Reno. Doctors are concerned that Mr. Cole may pass away from his injuries.


Police are alleging that the Cole’s were hit by Bernardo Ugalde-Torres, who was driving a Hyundai Elantra. 22-year old Ugalde-Torres first rear ended the the Cole’s and ended up rolling his car over. The Hyundai driver sustained very minor injuries from the accident. Mr. Ugalde-Torres was arrested for drunk driving in the Sparks motorbike crash.


Another Northern Nevada road bike collision left a woman from California dead on Saturday June 13tth. The woman who was killed was Amber R. Hallmark, 53. Ms. Hallmark was a resident of Antioch, CA. The accident happened when Ms. Hallmark’s motorcycle was struck by a driver from the State of Washington. Ms. Hallmark was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. The accident happened when the driver from Washington State veered into oncoming traffic in Zephyr Cove. Police investigating the crash have stated that they believe the crash may have been caused by use of drugs and alcohol and that the driver may have not been paying complete attention at the time of the crash.
If you have been injured in Reno, NV, the attorneys from Benson and Bingham, Las Vegas’ leading personal injury law firm can help you recover financially from the accident. NV-Attorney.com is the Reno, NV branch of Benson and Bingham. Our lawyers have experience with all type of personal injury law including Reno automobile accidents, Las Vegas wrongful death and Washoe County casino slips and falls.

Man Killed In Reno Bus Accident

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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

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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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Man Killed In Northern Nevada Mining Accident

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Yet another worker in an Elko, Nevada mine has been killed in a Northern Nevada workmen’s compensation death. The company who runs the mine, Allied NV Gold Corporation, announced that the miner died at the Hycroft Mine, which is approximately 55 miles from Winnemucca, right on the border of Pershing and Humboldt counties. Allied Nevada has stated that it is cooperating with investigations by the State of Nevada and the United States government. The mine covers over 72,000 acres in Northern Nevada. The accidental death at work in Washoe County happened at approximately 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 28th. It happened in the mine’s open pit section, where silver and gold are dug from the earth. Much of the work at the mine has been ceased although the processing of ore already mined continues.


The United States federal government operates an agency focused on mine safety and mine worker deaths in an effort to improve safety and reduce the deaths that can happen when extracting valuable ore and minerals from the earth. As a whole, mining has improved as a career. Over the past 10 years, mining injuries per 200,000 hours have fallen from approximately 3.92 injuries per 200,000 hours in 2005 to 2.43 injuries per 200,000 worker hours in 2014. Rates of death from mining accidents in 2014 were as low as 0.0142 per 200,000 deaths. Employment in mines has fallen to a low of just over 365,000 people in 2014.


plane crashFor centuries, mining has been considered one of the most dangerous jobs. In the United States, as the general public learned of the deaths and injuries attributed to mining, pressure was put on the industry and federal and state governments to improve the lives and safety of those who extract minerals from the earth. The year the most deaths from due to mining accidents in the United States was 1907. That year over 3,200 people were killed. The most dangerous type of mining is coal although mining for precious metals like gold, silver, platinum and more are especially dangerous as well.

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Sparks Trespassing Shooting May Lead To Reno Wrongful Death Case

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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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