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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.

One Dead in Reno Car Crash

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A woman has died in a Reno motor vehicle crash, and several more have been injured. The accident is said to have occurred as one vehicle, a silver Honda, was making a left onto Baker Lane off of Moana Lane. The Honda, turning south from its westbound direction, was struck by a white Ford Mustang, which was heading east on Moana Lane. The woman who was killed was said to be a passenger in the Honda. She was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead. Three other people were taken Renown for treatment of injuries that were said to be not life threatening. These others were two people who were in the Ford Mustang, along with the driver of the Honda. If you or a loved one is injured or a loved one is killed in a car crash in Reno, Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law can help by getting you the compensation you need to not worry about recovery time or treatment, and by handling all the annoying legal after-crash details for you.

Benson & Bingham make it our goal to help victims of vehicle accident in Las Vegas and Reno, Sparks, and all of Northern Nevada. We understand that it isn’t just about outcomes, it’s about service as well. That’s why we take a customer service approach to our legal practice, and set a standard of having every one of our clients leave satisfied – both with the outcome, and how they were treated. Benson & Bingham specialize in injury and fatal accidents in Northern and Southern Nevada, and helping families and individuals recover. We offer free consultations, so come see us today to tell us about your situation, and learn your legal rights and options.

Many people would immediately assume from the description of the accident in the first paragraph that it might have been due to negligence on the part of the driver of the Honda making an unsafe left turn across oncoming traffic. However, the driver of the Mustang was booked on charges of driving under the influence as well as speeding. These are the kinds of things Benson & Bingham would look at in reviewing your case.

Avoid a Pedestrian Injury in Reno

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Today’s blog post comes with good advice from the City of Reno Website Traffic Safety section, which contains some pretty relevant information regarding pedestrian safety- especially with Halloween festivities like trick-or-treating fast approaching. You and your family’s safety is already probably one of your highest priorities, and an expensive and possibly devastating pedestrian injury accident in Reno is most likely not how you want to begin your holiday season.

The site offers a very obvious but often overlooked piece of advice for pedestrians first: cross at crosswalks and corners ONLY.  It’s so simple, but such an easy way to avoid an injury to you or your loved ones. Same goes for other simple pedestrian safety tips, look both ways, etc. Easy things can save you thousands in medical bills and recovery time for an injury accident that might not be your fault.

In addition to some of these simpler tips, the website also offers some ideas you may have never considered that could save you the headache of a pedestrian injury accident in Northern Nevada. It suggests checking parked cars near where you are crossing for drivers in the car that might suddenly pull out, as well as continually checking for coming vehicles while actually crossing the street, since they can turn corners and come out of parking lots more quickly than your pace. Never hurts to be extra aware, especially in this age of texting and driving. They also encourage walking instead of running, to avoid falls, especially when crossing streets with coming traffic…a very good idea to keep in mind if you have children in your family who will walk neighborhoods for candy this Halloween.

If you or one of your family members is involved in a pedestrian injury accident in Las Vegas or Reno, or any of the surrounding areas, contact Benson and Bingham right away to help you get your life back on track. We understand the trauma and headache an incident like this brings, and we can help you get compensation for your time and money if something as terrible as a pedestrian injury accident in Washoe County affects your family this close to the holidays. Benson & Bingham wants to get you the experience and competence you deserve in a tough situation like this, so please, don’t hesitate to call for your free consultation, and have a safe October.

One Dead in Reno Pedestrian Accident

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We have a sad update in the recent story of a Reno fatal pedestrian accident. The update is just that: that this accident has officially gone from an injury accident to a fatality. The accident occurred Thursday night. Initial news reports have the fatal pedestrian accident in Washoe County taking place at the intersection of Peckham Lane and Kietzke Lane. However, the news reports also indicate that the woman may not have been in a crosswalk at the time, leading us to think she might not have been exactly at the intersection.

It’s also quite possible that these initial news reports of this Northern Nevada fatal pedestrian accident are incorrect. We see this not infrequently with fatal pedestrian accidents in Las Vegas as well as in the Reno area: initial news reports come in, investigative teams are sent out, and initial determinations are reversed.  Sometimes it take a lawyer investigating on your behalf. And while the woman who was hit and killed may in fact not have been in a marked crosswalk, that’s not the end of the story, either. If the other driver was speeding, or had enough alcohol in his or her system to be charged with DUI in Nevada, or any number of other possible scenarios and circumstances, it’s quite possible that the accident could still be the fault of the driver, not the pedestrian. The Major Accident Investigation Team of the Reno Police Department is said to be investigating the accident. Though they don’t initially believe alcohol or drugs to have been a factor, only time will tell – those types of early indicators also have a way of being reversed.

If you find yourself affected by a horrible situation like this – either a loved one is killed, or you’re injured in a pedestrian accident – you need to speak with a lawyer right away. Top lawyers like we have at Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law offer free consultations so you don’t have to worry about out of pocket expenses for an initial consultation. We want to hear from you, and give you an opportunity to speak with us and learn your legal rights. Benson & Bingham also know from experience that the sooner you call us, the better chance we have of making sure an investigation is done correctly and while the evidence is fresh, which can help us get you the coverage and compensation you need following any type of accident in Northern Nevada.

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.

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