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Motorcycle Accidents Rise in Reno During Street Vibrations

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Extra patrols were out this past weekend to prevent motorcycle accidents in Reno, among any number of other possible negative outcomes, as the annual Street Vibrations Motorcycle Rally came through town. This is a great event often times, both for the attendees and for Reno’s economy. Unfortunately, it also happens that it brings with it a number of injuries, altercations, accidents, and sometimes deaths. With as many as 50,000 additional people visiting the area for the festival, roads become crowded with vehicles that are sometimes harder to spot than regular cars or trucks, despite the noise. There can and have also been a number of bad actors – people here for the festival that drive too fast, recklessly, or are driving drunk in Nevada. Since motorcycle accidents are often the most deadly of traffic accidents, the rally can bring its fair share of fatal Reno motorcycle crashes, as well. Seeing as it’s not too difficult to get out of the city or the city feel, there are also a number of other types of accidents, such as at the festival the year before this one a motorcycle rider hit a horse and was killed.
Even without the extra load capacity of that many bikers in town, motorcycle accidents in Southern Nevada and Northern Nevada are all too common. We have a lot of things that are attractive to bikers, and therefore quite a number of them on our roads. We here at Benson & Bingham know just how devastating Northern Nevada motorcycle crashes can be. We’ve helped a number of people recover from them, and families move on after the death of a loved one. While it is easy to have a bad accident on a bike, getting properly compensated for those injuries or the death of a loved one can be difficult. Sometimes there is a bias to blame the motorcyclist for the accident. We here at Benson & Bingham know how to make judges, juries, and insurance claims agents see beyond the stereotype of the biker and take claims and settlements seriously. Contact us today for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been the victim of a motorcycle accident in Northern or Southern Nevada.

House Fires in Nevada, Are Smart Meters at Fault?

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Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law are actively looking into cases of house fires in Nevada from smart meters installed by NV Energy. There is disturbing evidence, as cited in that linked-to Reno Gazette-Journal article, that smart meters installed by NV Energy on homes across Nevada have been the cause of house fires that ranged in damage from a little soot on the outside of the house to people killed  in house fires in Northern Nevada. The possibility has become so real and alarming that the chiefs of the fire departments of the cities of Reno and Sparks have called for a probe in to the smart meters and fires that have potentially been started by them.

NV Energy, of course, is vehemently denying that their meters have any hand in starting and contributing to the damage from any of these fires. They cite evidence from investigators that they have hired to look into the fires, which they are calling “independent” investigators. That may be true. However, don’t take the word of the people who stand to lose by a result other than that. That’s why Benson & Bingham are pleased at the fire chiefs calling for a further investigation. Benson & Bingham are also looking into the matter, and interesting in speaking with anyone who has been injured or had their property damaged in a fire in Nevada caused by a smart meter, or at least that could have been caused by one. We’ll speak with you for a free consultation to begin to determine if you have a case or not.

We are not afraid of big corporations or their insurance companies. If NV Energy is at fault in these cases, or their contractor that supplies the meters, rest assured that Benson & Bingham are on your side and will fight for your rights and any compensation and coverage you may be owed. Benson & Bingham have taken on big corporations plenty of times, from casinos to vehicle insurance companies and beyond, and gotten great results for our clients. If you have been injured in a fire in Washoe County or any other type of injury in Northern Nevada, we can help. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Chemical Burns at Reno’s Discovery Museum

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“Explosion at a children’s science museum” are not words you want to hear or read, let alone live through. And by “live through” here we are describing either being burned in the accident or being the parent of a child who was injured by chemical burns in Reno at the Discovery Museum. The truth of the accident, by many reports, is far less devastating that perhaps the initial headline leads you to believe. We think of explosions and most people may be thinking of big, destructive fireballs. Things you’ve seen in the movies engulf cars or helicopters, or tear down buildings or whole cities. You may imagine dynamite or propane tank or who knows what. Fortunately, this so-called explosion was a chemical flash that, while it did injure a few people and send them to the hospital, did not kill anyone or cause any affected parties to have to stay long in the hospital.

We do not in the least mean to belittle the pain and fright that this chemical burn accident in Washoe County caused the children and the adults in the room. Some were burned and required medical treatment, and at least one is staying in the hospital still, though he or she is listed in good condition. Regardless of how fast kids heal and bounce back or how minor an injury, a hospital treatment costs serious money. If there was negligence of training or oversight by the part of the museum, or if the accident was due to faulty manufacture, storage, or formula for the chemicals themselves then you could be entitled to coverage for the medical bills and compensation for your time and more.

The only way to find out if your or your child’s injuries from an accident in Northern Nevada is to consult with a top injury attorney in the Reno area. Benson & Binghan should be your first call. We have top Nevada injury lawyers in both Reno and Clark County who can get you the compensation you deserve following any kind of personal injury that was the fault of another person. How will you know if the accident was at the fault of another? By coming in to speak with Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law for a free initial consultation.

Bus Accident in Reno Snarls Traffic

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Commercial vehicle and public bus accidents have been all over the news recently. Our sister office and blog has been writing about commercial vehicle accidents in Southern Nevada, and now we too find ourselves writing about a type of accident like that, a city bus accident in Northern Nevada. As of yet no injuries have been reported from this crash. As we’ve written about extensively, however, not all injuries appear immediately following the moment of the accident. Whiplash injuries and neck and back car accident injuries in Nevada are often seen to present somewhat afterwards, even days or weeks. But regardless, even if no injuries at all were sustained in this accident, the coincidence of all these commercial vehicle accidents in the news is glaring. If you’re injured in a commercial vehicle or bus accident in Reno, contact Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law today for top legal advice and representation, following a free consultation.

This accident in Reno was a Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) bus on Kietzke Lane. The accident occurred near the intersection of Mill Street, and snarled traffic there for quite some time. Given that the accident occurred a little before 3:30 in the afternoon on the Friday of Labor Day Weekend, we can imagine just how nasty this made the whole area surrounding the Mill Street onramp onto 395. Fortunately, and as we stated earlier, no injuries were yet released or reported. Though this news article on the bus accident in Washoe County mentions it being unclear if lanes were shut temporarily to deal with the accident, a Reno Police Department Lieutenant, one Amy Newman, is quoted in the article as being pretty sure there were closures. That would make sense, given the traffic jam the accident caused.

If you’re injured in a bus accident in Nevada, Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law can help. This type of accident can seem unique, particularly if you’re on a public bus, and therefore scary. But rest assured, you’re in good hands with Benson & Bingham. We understand the ins and outs of these types of accidents, which are often dealt with similarly to commercial vehicle accidents Nevada. We can fight the insurance companies on your behalf, and get you the compensation you deserve if you did not cause the accident. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Pedestrian Severely Injured in Sparks, Nevada

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A pedestrian was seriously injured in Sparks, Nevada yesterday when she was hit by a vehicle as she was crossing the street. The woman was said to have been in a marked crosswalk at the time of the accident. She was specifically said to be crossing at 9th Street and C heading north. The accident occurred around 3am in the morning yesterday as she was struck by the van, said to have been a 1990 GMC made vehicle. The driver of the van has not yet been charged with a crime, though police stressed that an investigation is ongoing and results so far were too preliminary to have made any arrests or conclusions in this Northern Nevada pedestrian accident. That generally means that police do not suspect alcohol to have been a major factor, as that is something they usually look for first in the parties involved in a vehicle or pedestrian accident in the Reno area, and all of Nevada and perhaps the country.

The woman, a 49 year old, was rushed to Renown Regional Medical Center. She was found at the scene to be unresponsive and exhibiting clear head injuries when first responders arrived. She was on life support at last report we had. We are certainly praying, with any number of people, that she pulls through with no lasting injuries, scars, or general impediments to life. We have seen too many people that that was not the case for, and we understand the import and consequences as well as anyone, at least anyone who has had to deal with that themselves personally. Benson & Bingham’s top pedestrian accident attorneys in Nevada take pride in helping people who have injured, or the families of people killed, and in making their lives just a little bit easier in such a trying time. We strive for our clients to be both satisfied with their financial outcome and their client service, whatever their needs were.

Some clients prefer to be in the know on every little detail. Some people we help just want periodic updates or questions answered in a timely fashion. Still others like to be bothered as little as possible with the legal details, and just want us to take care of their legal issues and intrude on their lives as little as possible. Benson & Bingham are happy to accommodate each and every client’s preferences. We give our lawyers’ direct phone number to their clients so there’s no secretary to screen you, which is exactly the way we want it.

Nevada News on Vehicle Deaths from Faulty GM Ignition Switches

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News continues to break in Northern Nevada about car accidents from GM ignition switch malfunctions. These cases are occurring all over the country, and the news is coming in from different directions. Just today, news broke in a case in Georgia, where a family had settled a wrongful death case against General Motors for five million dollars. Though this case had been settled since last year, they claim that new evidence has come to light that the giant car manufacturer had hidden evidence in the case which would have made for either a different, better settlement for the family, or a higher likelihood that the family would have chosen not to settle but instead air their complaint in front of a jury. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Nevada caused by a faulty ignition switch in a GM vehicle, or in any kind of accident where the cause might be due to faulty manufacturing and a possible case of product liability in Nevada, Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law can help. Contact us today for a free consultation.

The news in the case today was a judge in Georgia denied the motion from General Motors to throw out this previously settled case. The family of the woman who died, Brooke Melton, a nurse in Atlanta, is bringing back up their wrongful death charge against the company based on this reportedly new evidence they say GM held back before, which would be fraud. The case stems from the death of the 29 year old Melton, who her family said died in a car accident because the power to the car shut off due to the faulty switch, which made her crash through being unable to control the vehicle.

Any time a company makes a product that does you harm or causes the death of a loved one, that company may be liable for damages. Particularly if the company knew about the defect and said nothing, or should have known about the defect as any reasonable person would have. If you’ve been injured by a faulty product in Southern or Northern Nevada, contact Benson & Bingham today. We work with top notch experts in every field to help determine liability, and can get you the compensation you deserve if your situation was the fault of a third party. Contact us today for a free consult.

Car and Airplane Accident Near Reno Injures 4

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We see plenty of airplane accidents in Nevada as we write about frequently on our Las Vegas injury and accident blog. We see air accidents up here in Northern Nevada as well, just perhaps not as frequently. We see plenty of car accidents in both Southern Nevada and Northern Nevada. What we don’t often see is an accident involving an airplane and vehicle, much less one where no one was killed. But that’s exactly what happened just a few days ago as an airplane made an emergency landing on Pyramid Highway, where it caused a vehicle accident and four reportedly minor injuries. Considering how most plane crashes end, these folks are lucky to be alive. That doesn’t mean the injuries don’t turn out to be more serious, long lasting, and expensive. That’s why savvy individuals make sure to call top Nevada injury lawyers Benson & Bingham right away after an accident. The sooner we get on the case the more likely you are to receive a very favorable outcome – how things are handled early in the process makes a big difference. Contact us today for a free consultation.

This Nevada airplane and vehicle accident occurred on July 26, just a few days ago. An experimental small airplane, said to be a type of Thunder Mustang, began losing power shortly after taking off from Stead Airport. The plane, on its way to South Dakota, had to make an emergency landing at the nearest workable landing strip, in this case, Nevada Route 445 on a somewhat remote stretch 30 minutes or so north of Reno. It was at this time that the plane struck a truck that was on the road, causing injuries to the two people in the truck as well as the two people in the airplane. There is no word on whether the airplane pilot will be given a Nevada speeding ticket for excess speed on the roadway!

If you’re injured in any type of accident like this, Benson & Bingham can help. We help people just like you who have been injured in accidents in Las Vegas, Northern Nevada, and all over the state. We pride ourselves on not only the outcome of the case but on how you feel your experience was – we strive for customer service in a way that many law firms unfortunately do not. Contact Benson & Bingham today for a free consultation to discuss your legal situation, and learn your rights.

Nothern Nevada Accident Kills 1

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As we often write on our sister blog for Benson & Bingham’s top accident attorneys in Las Vegas, wearing your seatbelt is critical to getting away from almost any accident as minimally damaged as possible. The number and type of accidents where a seatbelt would hurt is a tiny fraction compared to the number where it has or would help or has helped in dozens of accidents that we’ve looked into. Today we have another potential example of that as we see an accident in Northern Nevada, in Gardnerville, where a single vehicle accident left one elderly woman dead. The woman, as we so went out of our way to disguise, was not wearing her seatbelt. That was at least according to a trooper for the Nevada Highway Patrol, one David Gibson.

If you’re in Northern or Southern Nevada in a car crash you need an experienced attorney. Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law can help you whether it was you or another person who was injured in a motor vehicle accident, or if a loved one was killed. You really never know what your legal rights and options are before you talk to an expert in the area of case law you’re looking at. If your situation is due to an injury or accident, Benson & Bingham can help. We offer free consultations so that you can come speak with us without fully knowing that another person or party was negligent for the case. If you do have a claim to pursue where another party was at fault, we’ll represent you and get the best settlement possible, while also making sure you feel satisfied as a client and valued customer.

There is not a whole lot to tell about this car accident south of Reno, at least not yet. The fatal vehicle wreck happened yesterday in the middle of the afternoon. For as yet unknown reasons the 95 year old woman driving the vehicle, a Kio Rio Hunter, went off the highway and struck the wall on the side 580 before striking the other wall and finally coming to a rest.

Multi-Vehicle Accident Near Reno Injures 8

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Fully 20 vehicles were involved in one chain reaction car crash in Northern Nevada earlier today. Fortunately, early reports are that no one was seriously injured. Early reports from the scene indicate, however, that at least eight people suffered injury from this crash, which reportedly was started by a commercial vehicle negligence in Washoe County. One woman was said to have been airlifted to the hospital. However, this woman was not reported to have been involved in the accident itself, she was just in the middle of pregnancy labor and in need of professional obstetric care. As you can imagine, a 20 car accident near Reno closed down the highway completely in one direction (Interstate 80 in the western direction, to the east of Sparks). Both lanes of the freeway were closed for over three hours, with the full freeway not reopening for roughly five hours after the crash. If you were in labor and stuck in that kind of a traffic snarl, you’d probably need a helicopter to get you to the hospital, too! She was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Reno. Again, as far as we’ve heard thus far, the vehicle she was in was not involved in the accident.

The cause of the crash is said to have been a commercial truck negligence in Northern Nevada. A commercial truck carrying gravel was said to have spilled all or part of its contents across the freeway. This created the havoc that saw 8 people injured across a 20 vehicle span. Though have been reported to be minor injuries, they’re still injuries. You can just imagine how gravel spilling across the freeway would cause some drivers to lose control, in turn causing other drivers to lose control trying to avoid them. Stopped traffic then getting struck from behind by vehicles who were either not paying attention momentarily, did not have the time to react, or were speeding in Nevada.

If you’re involved in an accident like this, Benson & Bingham can help. Our top commercial truck accident attorneys in Southern Nevada and Northern Nevada know how to prosecute your case, and can get you the best coverage available for your injuries. Contact Benson & Bingham today for a free consultation.

Fire Agency Turf Battles Could Result In Reno Personal Injury

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Reno, Washoe County and Northern Nevada are in the midst of a potentially dangerous power struggle between local governments, individual politicians, regional fire departments and a local privatized ambulance service that has had health impacts to the local citizenry. Two recent incidents with the Reno fire department, REMSA (a privatized ambulance service contracted by the city of Reno) and the fire department of Washoe County. The reason these scenarios keep popping up are numerous and include personality conflicts, contract negotiations, old rivalries and more. In 2010, Washoe County and Reno ended their mutual aid agreements over reimbursement issues. The city of Reno and the Reno fire department have been in contentious negotiations over staffing reductions after the city lost out on a federal grant that funded over 30 full-time fire fighter positions. After the layoffs were announced, the fire department sued the city of Reno to halt the layoffs. This suit inspired some Reno elected officials to attack the fire department’s union for things said during contract negotiations. In addition, it’s suspected that a Reno city employee has been anonymously leaking divisive contract points to local newspapers.

One of the incidents occurred when the Reno fire department refused to assist REMSA and the Reno Police department when a 300 lb man who was over six feet tall had become trapped in a boat he owned. The Reno police department first found the suffering man, and through dispatch called REMSA. When REMSA arrived, realizing they were unable to move the man from the boat, REMSA called the Reno fire department to assist. Knowing that REMSA had taken the previous call, the Reno fire department refused to respond to the call. The gentleman who was in the boat who was suffering from pulmonary edema, could have died in the hours it took for REMSA and the police department to determine how to move the man. If you or a family member has been hurt or killed by in a Reno personal injury case, contact Benson and Bingham today.

The second incident occurred when the Washoe County fire department ignored a call for help from the Boomtown Casino Resort. Someone staying at the casino was in the middle of a heart attack. The fire department closest to the Boomtown casino was a Washoe County station and unfortunately, since Boomtown resort is on city land, the individual suffering from the heart attack had to wait for a city fire department ambulance arrive. If you or a family member has been injured in Washoe County, Benson and Bingham can help you to recover money spent on hospital bills, lost work and more.

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