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Nevada Skiing Accident Kills One

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We have recently the sad story of a woman dying in an accident in Northern Nevada after being injured in an accident on the ski slopes. It’s still early, and as we always caution, initial details or “facts” reported by the news media, bloggers, and sometimes even the police can turn out not to be the case with further investigation. What we are hearing so far is that a woman died on the slopes at Heavenly Resort, the result of a crash with a snowboarder. This woman who died, an accountant at UNR originally from Massachusetts, may have been skiing without a helmet at the time of the accident. She was flown to Reno but remained unresponsive, and was removed from life support per the wishes of her family. If a family member of yours is killed in an accident in Reno or near Lake Tahoe, you need a top lawyer who can handle the terrible details of dealing with an estate, any insurance company or hospital bills and negotiations, and any claim for compensation you may have due to the negligence of another in causing the accident. Benson & Bingham can help.

This type of fatal or injury accident in the Washoe County area is unfortunately not terribly rare. Perhaps the hardest part sometimes is knowing that a helmet or other safety device like a seat belt could have possibly saved a life or quality of life following an accident that wasn’t your fault. You can be as careful as you want, as good a skier or snowboarder as you can be, but someone else’s negligence, or pure chance, an accident like this can happen. Take it from us, top Reno lawyers for accidents and injuries who see this stuff all the time, wearing a helmet or a seat belt or other appropriate safety gear, depending on your sport, can greatly reduce the severity of your injury or even save your life.

Benson & Bingham offers free consultations so you can learn your legal rights without worry. Our lawyers have decades of combined experience, and millions of dollars in awards and settlements, that ensures you a great outcome, and experience generally, in this hard time. We handle all types of different injury accidents, like the broader category that this falls under of a vacation injury in Nevada. Contact us today so we can help you, as we have helped so many others.

Fiery Car Accident Injures 1 in Sparks

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A recent car accident in Sparks injured the driver of the vehicle and set a house ablaze in an almost Hollywood imagined crash scene. The driver of the vehicle, a minivan made by Ford, is reported to have had some type of medical issue which precipitated the crash by causing her to lose control. Her gold Ford went barreling in the house full tilt. The car then had the bad luck to sever a gas line and start quite a fire going in this Northern Nevada accident. The driver was fortunately said to have only sustained generally minor injuries, despite her having been needing rescuing from the vehicle, which fortunately was being followed by her boyfriend who was able to pull her out. The fire burned fairly heatedly, which we suppose is not hard to believe given that it was started by a broken gas line set aflame. Luckily the family whose house it is was not home at the moment of impact.

It can be tough to know where to turn to be made whole after an injury car crash in the Reno area like this. This woman could have lost control for any number of reasons, both her fault and not. An incorrect dosage of a prescription drug or an adverse and predictable drug reaction, for example, are easily attributed to a doctor or pharmacy’s medical malpractice in Southern Nevada for ways this could not be the woman’s fault. Depending on how the facts come to light about this, though, even your own insurance could try to refuse to pay out a claim, for one reason or another. In that case, you need to talk to a top Northern Nevada car accident lawyer like Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law.

Our attorneys at Benson & Bingham have been practicing car accident in Southern Nevada and Northern Nevada, so no matter where you or a loved one are injured, we can help. We have decades of combined experience, and we’ve seen it all, and know just how to help you recover the best compensation possible. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Bus Accident in Northern Nevada

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For some reason many of us often feel somewhat invincible in a bus, taxi, or other types of public transportation. Lots of people rarely put their seatbelts on for the most part, which must in some way be a signal that they don’t have the same fear as in a regular, passenger car. We’re guilty of it ourselves. But it’s important to remember that injuries from bus accidents in Northern Nevada do happen. These accidents and injuries can be no less severe than accidents in other types of transportation. While there are seemingly few cases of people being injured on public transportation in Reno like this accident, it does most certainly happen. If you’re injured in an accident like that in Northern Nevada, Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law can help.

There are many different types of public transportation, and many different things that can mean to different people. We use it more often to refer to most paid or mass transit systems, which in Nevada can mean a great many things. A tour bus bringing skiers, gamblers, outdoorsman, or any number of people is a ripe candidate for a bus accident in Northern Nevada because of our road conditions and drivers from out of state not knowing our roads or weather patterns. Even without the weather, people are injured on vacation in Nevada not infrequently because of bus and taxi injury accidents in Washoe County.

If you’re injured on public transportation in Reno and need a lawyer, contact Benson & Bingham today for a free consultation with top Nevada injury lawyers. It is important for the lawyer handling the case to understand how to pursue proper litigation in this field, since there are many factors: Was the driver licensed? Was the taxi cab or bus driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs? What is the maximum in liability insurance a victim can receive?

In addition, many pedestrians are victimized by taxi cab and bus drivers who commit vehicle violations while behind the wheel. If the cab driver was at fault for causing you pain and suffering, it is important to contact a lawyer with taxi cab accident experience.

The Law Offices of Benson and Bingham are skilled at litigating or settling taxi accident and bus injury cases in Nevada. Contact our Nevada Law Offices if you are injured by a taxi cab or bus.

Snowy Crashes in Reno

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When it’s snowy, any number of car accidents in Reno involving injuries may be initially ruled an accident. This is because of the weather, and the fact that things can at first appear like no one was at fault in these type of conditions. But if you were injured and need compensation for your injuries in a Washoe County vehicle accident and believe the other party was at fault, you need a lawyer like Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law who can help you sort out if you have a case, regardless of what the initial accident report stated, and take care of you if you do. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your situation.

How might it be that an injury accident in Northern Nevada that was initially ruled as no-fault turn out to be actually caused by the negligence of another party, which gives you a better claim to pursue compensation? Well, the last few days in Washoe County have shown some of the most common ways: snow, and slick roads that don’t seem to be plowed hardly at all, especially when you get off the main roads where the snow gets melted from vehicle traffic as much as anything else. Crashes in the snow are frequent, as we saw in recent news reports on car crashes in the Reno area, and often times get ruled accidents initially because they seem to have been the fault of the snow, and there are so many accidents that police officers sometimes don’t have the time to look at the whole picture of it, unless someone was clearly driving under the influence in Nevada, for example. But here’s the thing: even if the other party was going under the speed limit and not drunk and just slid into you, it may very well be their fault. Speed limits are for the best of conditions; if the person was going too fast for driving on the snowy roads, then you may have a case to collect compensation. This, snow, is not a reason for accidents that you see a lot in Las Vegas car accidents. But they see plenty of accidents from air or wet roads, which happen so infrequently that drivers don’t necessarily know how to drive in them or to slow down, which can cause plenty of accidents that act like this in practice.

Benson & Bingham can help you if you’ve been injured in Northern Nevada and need a lawyer. We offer free consultations so that you can come talk to us even if you’re not sure about your ability to collect compensation. If you do have a case to pursue, we can get you the best compensation possible for your injuries in a Reno car accident. Contact Benson & Bingham today.

Tips for Driving in the Snow:

Avoid Vehicle Accidents in Reno

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Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! This is one of the most uniquely American holidays, and one of the nicest. It is all about family and giving thanks for what we have. Unfortunately, it can also be one of the worst for vehicle accidents here in Northern Nevada, and everywhere else people are driving. For starters, there are just tons and tons of people out on the roads, as everyone goes to see family and friends for their big Thanksgiving meal. Since it is a holiday and a celebration, the other big concern is that there are or may be many people driving drunk in Nevada and elsewhere, upping the possibility of accidents. If you’ve been injured in a vehicle accident in the Reno area and need a good lawyer, come get a free consultation from Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law to discuss your situation, and see if you have a claim to pursue compensation to help with the healing process, both physical and mental.

So many vehicles accidents happen in Southern Nevada and Northern Nevada every year that local and state law enforcement and public safety agencies have put out a set of tips and tricks you can use to avoid being injured in Reno and the surrounding area. Among those tips is calling 511 to get the latest on traffic and road conditions information, or by visiting www.nevadadot.com ahead of when you will need to be driving. The officials remind you to not use your phone while driving, and that it is fully against the law, and that it’s even against the law in Nevada to use your phone while stopped at a light, in traffic, or a stop sign. Be careful also of other drivers, as people may be more prone to running stop lights or red lights in their hurry to get somewhere.

If you’re injured in a car accident or any other type of personal injury in Northern Nevada and need a good lawyer contact Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law today for a free consultation. Our lawyers are top notch, and know how to get you the most compensation for your injury. We’ve helped hundreds of people through the years, and have gotten tens of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Benson & Bingham can help you, contact us today.

A humorous take on how to avoid car accidents:

One Dead in Reno Car Accident

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You have to be careful crossing the street at night, regardless of whether or not you have the right of way, think you have the right of way, or especially if you’re at all impaired by drugs, alcohol, prescription medication, or even just lack of sleep. You never know when you could be the victim of a motor vehicle accident in Northern Nevada. Drivers, likewise, must be careful not just to obey all traffic laws themselves, but to watch out for others who may or may not be obeying traffic laws and could become a hazard. While we don’t know yet exactly what happened, or might have been at fault, we do know that there was a deadly car accident in Reno late last night/early this morning. If you’re involved in a pedestrian and vehicle accident in Washoe County like this one and need a lawyer to talk to and see if you might have a claim for compensation for your injuries, contact Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law today.

The accident in question occurred late last night, Thursday, at the intersection of Sutro and Oddie. This deadly car crash near Sparks involved a pedestrian who was crossing the street, and one car who struck him with some force. Alcohol is thought to have been a possible reason for the pedestrian crossing the street unsafely, if in fact that was the case. The driver was not thought to be at fault, or charged for DUI in Nevada. The pedestrian was brought to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. While these initial reports indicate that he was crossing unsafely, you never know what the facts might turn up as more evidence surfaces. We see a number of pedestrian accidents in Las Vegas especially where the person at fault does not turn out to be the person initially thought to have caused the accident.

This is why, if you’re in an accident in Northern Nevada you need to talk to a lawyer no matter what the police initially say in terms of who is at fault. Benson & Bingham can help you sort out who truly was negligent in the accident, and help you determine if you have a case and cause to pursue compensation for your injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Fatal Pedestrian & Vehicle Accident in Washoe County

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Be careful out there on those roads, folks. Whether you’re a pedestrian, driving a car (either safely and fully in compliance with the rules of the road, or not), you just never know when an a car accident in Northern Nevada can ruin your day, your year, or your family. Even if you’re following all the traffic laws, either as a pedestrian or as a vehicle driver, you still need to watch out. Other drivers may not be paying attention, or worse, may be driving under the influence in Nevada. Pedestrians may suddenly dart out in traffic thinking they’re in a legal crosswalk and that you see them and will stop. Wildlife could be crossing the road, causing you to make that terrible decision of whether to brake so hard that you possibly get rear ended, swerve hard and maybe lose control and get in an accident, or just hit the poor animal head on, hoping for the best. Though we do not yet know the circumstances or who may have been at fault yet in a recent case where a pedestrian died after getting hit by a car in Washoe County, we do know that it’s a tragic occurrence, and something her family will be dealing with for a long time. Medical bills from the accident will still have to be paid, funeral and burial arrangements to cover, and accounts and an estate likely to settle. Beyond that, there is the emotional pain and loss of future earnings. To be able to deal with this kind of horrible trauma to your family, you need to have a lawyer who can handle the legal details for you while you grieve. Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law can help – call us today for a free consultation.

This fatal accident in the Reno area happened on a recent Monday night as the 52 year old woman, a resident of Reno, was walking home in the evening. Reports indicate that she was struck by a vehicle that was traveling the same way as her, indicating that she was following the law and walking with the direction of the traffic. This type of pedestrian accident is common in Las Vegas, and unfortunately it seems to be happening in Northern Nevada more and more.

If you’re injured or a loved one is killed in a vehicle accident near Reno, Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law can help. We’re experienced in all aspects of this type of law, and can handle your case so you can deal with the ramifications for your life. We can get you good compensation for your injuries or loss, as we have many satisfied clients in the past. Contact Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law today for a free consultation.

Exploding Ammo in Reno Car Accident

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We hope you weren’t unlucky enough to be travelling either direction on Interstate 580/US395 this last week, specifically on the 22nd, whether you were in the terrible vehicle accident in Reno that happened that day or not. If you were in the accident, at least you got away without major injuries, at least according to recent reports of this Northern Nevada car accident. The collision that involved four vehicles directly, three of which had to be taken away by a tow truck, happened at the spaghetti bowl, as so many do. One vehicle, said to have been a Jeep Grand Cherokee, attempted to make a last minute exit onto Interstate 80, which involved zagging quickly across multiple lanes of traffic to attempt to make the exit. Instead of making this exit this driver made a mess by first hitting a road barrier, then spinning out of control and hitting a Subaru Outback. The collision brought both vehicles to a sputtering stop near the right shoulder and out of the way, however, that didn’t stop more mayhem from ensuing in this car accident in Washoe County. If you’re injured in an accident like this, contact Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law today.

At this point, the Outback station wagon caught fire. Furthermore, in the same area, a quick dangerous lane change by the driver of a Lexus SUV and allegedly sideswiped another vehicle. It is unclear if this accident was related to the first, or merely the fault of reckless driving in Nevada. One more thing happened that we have not seen before in car accidents in Las Vegas: the fire in the Subaru is said to have set off a bunch of rounds of pistol ammunition that were stored in the trunk, causing NHP and emergency responders to have to take greater care, and shut down more lanes of traffic.

If you’re injured in a car accident in the Reno area and need a good lawyer contact Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law today for a free consultation. We have been helping people injured in accidents in Northern Nevada get compensation for their injuries for combined decades of experience, and tens of millions of dollars in settlements and awards for our many satisfied clients. Contact Benson & Bingham today to discuss your legal options free of charge.

More Medical Malpractice Coming to Reno?

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The new healthcare law that is really just coming into effect – the Affordable Care Act, ObamaCare, whatever you want to call it – will likely have profound effects on our healthcare system, or hospitals, our nursing homes, hospice care centers, and community health clinics. As more and more people get medical coverage, more and more people will be visiting all of the above listed health care facilities. One of the negatives that is rarely discussed is that this could lead to even more medical malpractice in Northern Nevada. This is simply because of the law of large numbers – hospital negligence in the Reno area happens, unfortunately, and the more people visit hospitals and care centers the more opportunity there is for bad actors to do their worst, or good people to make simple mistakes that lead to average citizens getting the short end of the statistical stick. If you or a loved one is the victim of medical negligence in Washoe County and need a Lawyer, Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law can help.

The other aspect of this is that a lot of the people who are newly getting health insurance and working class, working poor, or newly eligible Medicaid recipients. This recent news could mean more cases of nursing home abuse and negligence in Reno as well, given that bad actors often look to pray on people of less means because they are believed to have less time to investigate their rights or fight for their care. This is just another example of a way that federal programs and issues have an effect on us locally, like stories about how the government shutdown may have been a factor in the cases of Salmonella food poisoning from Foster Farms chicken in Las Vegas.

If you are the victim of medical malpractice in Northern Nevada and need a lawyer, Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law can help. We offer free consultations so you can talk through your case with us without worry, and we have trained medical staff as well as lawyers to help you understand your rights and possibilities to collect compensation. If you have a claim, Benson & Bingham can get you the best compensation possible – we have a solid track record of top settlements and awards, many in excess of a million dollars. Call us today for a free consultation.

More on the ACA/Obamacare, for a good explanation of the law and how it may work:

Injured In a Fall in Northern Nevada

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In a recent article for the Reno Gazette-Journal on her personal injury in Northern Nevada, columnist Rhonda Abrams recounts her injury, and talks about it as relates to small business, and how you, as a small business owner can protect yourself. Like many people, Ms. Abrams would have preferred if her personal injury in Reno was the result of some cool story of daring deeds: alligator wrestling, heli-skiing (if you don’t know, this is when you take a helicopter ride up to the top of a mountain with the purpose of riding down on the untouched powder. Some people even go so far as to jump out of the helicopter, with their skis on, to start the run), or some other adrenaline pumping activity speeding in a Nevada racecar track. Instead, like so many people, Ms. Abrams was the victim of a slip and fall injury in a Washoe County parking lot, in which she ended up breaking her wrist. She writes about the damage that an injury can do to a small business, in which many people take on a number of responsibilities, and having one person missing in action can grind the otherwise smooth flow of the operations to a screeching halt, costing everyone money. She offers a number of useful tips for small business owners that can protect them from such an eventuality, like cross-training employees so one could step in for another,  build a manual in case you need to train a new person quickly, use cloud computing and look for other new technologies that could help an injured worker do their job from home, or with their injury, keep a master list of passwords, have a backup person, and have a Plan B.

The one thing Ms. Abrams does not mention, which is incredibly important, is to get a good lawyer like Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law if you’re injured in Northern Nevada. Her slip and fall could have been due to negligence of the party who owned the property she was in. If that were the case, she would be entitled to damages covering everything, including her lost time at work, as well as her medical bills and pain and suffering. Benson & Bingham’s attorneys know the law, and how to get you that compensation you deserve, whether you’re injured in Las Vegas or Northern Nevada. Not sure if you have a case? Contact us today for a free consultation – we’ll be happy to walk you through your legal options.

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