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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.

Car Accident in Northern Nevada Kills 4

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There was just a terrible fatal car accident in Northern Nevada a few days ago, one that took the lives of four different people in two different cars, and one a girl just 3 years old. Few details have been released yet that we’ve seen, just one of the driver’s names and the ages of the other individuals who were involved in the accident. Some very basic pieces of information have been shared regarding how the accident happened, but not much beyond the police’s first impression of what happened in the accident, not much on why or who may have been at fault. First we’ll start with what is initially said to have happened in this fatal vehicle accident in Nevada. The accident happened in Spring Creek, in northeastern Nevada, on Route 227. It was this last Tuesday night, one vehicle was turning left when a different car smashed into the right side of the first car. The first vehicle rolled and slammed into a light pole so hard it took it down.

The who of the accident is heart breaking. The driver of the car making the left hand turn was the only person to be identified as a resident of Spring Creek named Jessica Layton. She and a girl of 6 are the only two survivors of the accident. Both needed medical attention, but at least walked away with their lives. The vehicle driven by Layton had two passengers killed, the 3 year old girl mentioned before and a man aged 19. Both passengers of the other vehicle, the one not making the left, were killed. They were a 25 year old woman and a 27 year old man.

If someone you love is killed in a car accident in Northern Nevada or Southern Nevada, Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law can help. Our lawyers know how to take care of all the details of a horrible, untimely death like this in ways to make your life and your grieving just a little easier. We take pride in that. If your loved one died because of the negligence or fault of another person, we can also get you compensation to cover all the costs of the whole horrible situation. We offer free initial consultations, as well, so you don’t have to worry about just coming to talk through your legal options with our top Nevada wrongful death attorneys at Benson & Bingham. Contact us today.

Car Accident in Reno, Details Still Unknown

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Reports and updates are still coming in on a car accident in Reno on Interstate 80 from earlier today, and the details of it remain fairly sketchy. No word yet whether or not anyone in the two vehicles involved in the accident were injured, killed, or walked away without a scratch. There has been no word as of yet even how many people were involved in the accident, whether there were multiple people in each car or not. This is somewhat surprising, as these details are usually the first ones reported in a situation like this, especially involving such a delay on the roadways as this one did. If you were in this accident and injured, however, your best bet for moving on with life after your injury is to hire a good lawyer. Contact Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law today for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights.

One of the big things to remember about recovering from an accident is that the hidden costs add up. You will likely need days off of work, if not weeks, and that increases. Food bills may go up as you are unable to cook or shop as you normally would. Physical therapy may be needed for some time to come, and psychological help may also need to be utilized if your accident was traumatic. This is on top of often the biggest ticket items: ambulance bills, hospital stays, medication, and replacement of vehicles or other property. Your life can suffer, too, as you are unable to do the things you love or be with the people you love.

This is why a good attorney is essential. You need someone who knows the true costs of an accident or injury, and can wring every last dollar out of unwilling insurance companies. Benson & Bingham have those rare lawyers who will go to bat for you to the bitter end, and treat you like a valued customer all the way through the process. Even if you’re hurt out of Northern Nevada, we can help – we have top car accident attorneys in Las Vegas as well, and all types of personal injury specialists. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case, your situation, and your options.

Nevada Methadone Overdose Death Could be Medical Malpractice

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If your loved one dies in Nevada from a prescription drug overdose or complication stemming from an interaction of multiple prescription medications, it’s worth asking why and how this happened. It may just have been bad luck, unforeseen and accidental. But it may also be the fault of an entirely foreseeable and preventable set of circumstances. If that’s the case, you could easily have cause to bring suit against a pharmaceutical company, hospital, or doctor to help you cover the costs of medical bills, funeral costs, the costs associated with settling an estate, your lost time and wages at work, and perhaps most of all, your pain and suffering.

One of the main things that can help reduce extra stress and worry and heartache in this situation is having a lawyer who understands what you’re going through, and understands how to help. Above all, it’s about taking the details off of your plate. You’ve just lost a loved one, the absolute last thing you want to have to worry about is fighting an insurance company or jumping through legal hoops yourself. That’s why Benson & Bingham take such great pride in the recommendations we have from families who have lost loved ones and turned to us for help. It matters a great deal to us that these people recommend us to others, because it means we’ve helped. At an extraordinarily difficult time, our top Reno and Las Vegas wrongful death attorneys have been able to offer a measure of comfort to families in need.

We are reminded of cases of medical malpractice in Nevada as more news comes out about the untimely death of a candidate for Mayor of Reno. By all accounts, the man died of an overdose of the drug methadone. This is a drug that people off use to help kick opiate-family drug addictions, like heroin or morphine. However, it has been leading to a number of deaths around the country, and people are beginning to ask questions about its possible over prescription and availability. If you’ve had a loved one die from an overdose of methadone in Nevada, contact Benson & Bingham today. We offer free consultations, and are happy to sit with you and learn the specific details of your situation, and offer our best legal counsel.

Reno Vehicle Pile-Up Injures 7

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A very bad multi-vehicle accident in Reno today involved all types and sizes of motorized transport, including a motorcycle, a cement mixer truck, and seems like everything in between. As many as seven people were said to have been taken to the hospital with all types of injuries, including toddler. No deaths are fortunately being reported that we have seen, which is positive, at least. However, the fallout from this accident remains far from determined now. The injured child, for instance, said to have suffered some kind of a head trauma, which is never positive news for adults, much less children. The six other people said to be injured as well in this chain reaction car crash in Reno’s Golden Valley area.

Chain reaction collisions like this can be really, really damaging to life and property. They can also be tricky to investigate and determine a specific fault and negligence, at least for those unfamiliar with them. Benson & Bingham’s experienced multi-vehicle car crash attorneys in Northern Nevada understand that traffic rules of thumb, like the person at the back of the accident is at fault, are not hard and fast rules nor set in stone depending on the unique circumstances. That’s why Benson & Bingham offers free consultations so you can tell us the individual circumstance of your accident and injury, like a multiple car crash in Reno, and we can help you determine your legal options and rights.

For example, there is the early speculation of the Nevada Highway Patrol, via Trooper David Gibson at the scene, that the accident started with a cement mack truck hitting a passenger vehicle from behind, and the Chevy being shoved off the road and into the guardrail. What happened next is anyone’s guess. If you’re in the middle of the pack of injuries it can be especially hard to initially get an insurance company to take responsibility. They may claim secondary negligence or contributory negligence and drag you back and forth on your own. That’s why you need lawyers like Benson & Bingham. Contact us today for a free consultation to talk about your involvement and injury in a multi-vehicle pile-up in Reno.

Accident Near Reno, Miraculously Only Minor Injuries

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The accidents that sound the most horrific are sometimes not the ones that cause critical injuries. For instance, imagine someone described this Northern Nevada vehicle accident to you: a small car, say a Saturn two door, hits a semi tractor-trailer, a big one over 50 feet long. The Saturn comes to rest, after the accident, fully beneath the truck. What types of injuries would you expect? This sounds almost like a case where you’d have to fear the worst: critical injuries, loss of mobility or even loss of life. Fortunately, a car crash near Reno had this exact scenario play out, and the woman driving the silver Saturn, an 18 year old from Fernley, Nevada, was only treated for minor injuries. The 35 year old man who was driving the trailer was uninjured. He is from Portland, though no word in news accounts of the crash if that was where the truck was from, or based out of.

This woman is fortunate to have escaped with so little damage and injury in this motor vehicle accident in Nevada. But though she is said to have not been seriously injured, that doesn’t mean she won’t have medical bills that stack up, and loss of income due to time and physical therapy needed to get back to full functioning. Perhaps her injuries, though not life threatening, will permanently affect her life, both her personal activities and her earning potential. While the highway patrol is still investigating the crash, one thing is for sure, and clear to anyone who has ever faced a situation like this: she needs a lawyer.

If you’re looking for top Nevada accident attorney, Benson & Bingham are the first call you should make. We pride ourselves on our satisfied customers who recommend us to their friends and family, and our $49 million in compensation recovered for clients since 2010. We offer free consultations, so come visit us if you’ve been injured, even if you’re not sure if you have a case and claim to make. Our experienced Reno and Las Vegas car accident lawyers at Benson & Bingham will talk you through your legal options, and get you the coverage you deserve if you have a case.

Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Carson City

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A motorcycle accident in Carson City has claimed the lives of the two people who were on the motorcycle, according to recent reports of the accident. One of them passed away this last Sunday after being on life support, the other, a 21 year old female and resident of South Lake Tahoe, died last Wednesday. She was a passenger on the motorcycle, a Suzuki, driven by the 21 year old male who passed away Sunday. He had been on life support, and then was placed back on life support. The reason for this was that his organs were giving out off of the life support system, and the young man’s wishes were to donate his organs. He was placed back on so that that could be completed, and then removed again from life support and allowed to pass away. He had been there since the Carson City motorcycle accident on March 22nd. The incident occurred a little before 11 in the evening, where Fairview and Roop meet. The bike the young man was driving hit a pickup truck. The driver of the pickup, a 60 year old man from Gardnerville, was not injured in the accident.

Little is known about the young woman who passed, at least according to recent stories on this fatal motorcycle accident in Northern Nevada. The young man was a University of Nevada, Reno, student, and a member of the school’s band. A tenor sax player, he had been with the marching band for coming up on two years, according to the leader of the band. Little else is known, or at least being reported, about the accident. We don’t know if it was a case of driving under the influence or speeding in Nevada, nor do we have an inkling yet of who might be at fault. The Nevada Highway Patrol is continuing to look for answers.

If you’re in a motorcycle accident in Nevada, whether southern or northern, Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law can help. Our experienced accident attorneys can help you get the compensation you need to pay your medical bills and move on with your life if you’re injured, or if a loved one dies in a motorcycle accident near Reno or Las Vegas. You need time off from work, time to heal, and the money to afford to do that. Benson & Bingham can help. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.

Reno School Bus Accident

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Thankfully, no children were seriously injured in a recent school bus accident in Reno just a couple of days ago. The accident happened near Avenida de Landa on Sharlands Avenue in Northwest Reno, a little before 2:30 in the afternoon last Friday. A whopping 58 people were on the bus when it happened. Early reports were that a vehicle struck the back wheel of the bus. There were no initial reports of damage to the school bus, and minimal damage to the vehicle, though it did lose its front bumper. No injuries were immediately evident in this school bus accident in Washoe County, though medical and emergency personnel did check out all the children to verify. And of course, police investigators were sent to the scene, both from the county school district police and local police as well.

Unfortunately, it may be some time before this is sorted out entirely. Slow speed accidents that don’t cause any immediate or immediately visible injuries can have lasting effects on people due to the possibility of spinal or neck injuries that take some time to manifest and cause pain. Hopefully none of these children have such injuries, nor does that driver of the school bus, counted in the 58 total on board, nor does the driver or any passengers in the vehicle which hit the school bus and lost its bumper in the accident. However, if any of these people involved in this school bus accident in Northern Nevada were to develop pain and injury symptoms later, they would need a good lawyer to represent them.

We here at Benson & Bingham see these kinds of whiplash injuries in Las Vegas and in Reno all the time, and know how to help. Contact us today for a free consultation. In these types of late manifesting injuries, it’s important to find a lawyer who knows the law and has experience with these kinds of cases. We know all the tricks the insurance companies will pull to get out of paying for your medical bills and lost wages or time spent enjoying life, and we know how to get you the best settlement possible for your injury. Contact experienced Northern Nevada injury lawyers Benson & Bingham today.

Deadly Car Accident in Reno

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A car accident in Reno yesterday is now being investigated as a case of possible medical issues or an episode. Police are still not at all clear what the cause of the accident was in which a 52 year old man died. The accident happened on Hunter Lake drive, in the northbound lane in the area of Plumb. Indications are that he lost control, bounced off and over the curb, went end over end at least once and then finally came to rest on the side of the vehicle. No other people or vehicles were involved in this Northern Nevada fatal accident. If a loved one of yours has been killed in an accident like this, or you have suffered injury, you need to speak to a good Reno lawyer about your legal options. Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law offer free consultations so that you can come in with no obligation, and even if you’re not sure if you have a case or claim for compensation to help cover all your bills and injuries.

The vehicle involved in the accident, a Subaru, was where the man was found. No passengers were in the car, and no eye witnesses have as yet been identified who might be able to shed some light on the accident. The man must have been alive, as it has been reported in recent Nevada news about this Reno auto accident that emergency personnel responding to the scene attempted life saving measures on the man. There is no other indication that would lead to a possible reason for the accident having taken place. For instance, it does not appear, according to initial and subsequent reports from the Reno Police Sgt. Brian Adamson who was detailing the accident for local reports, that alcohol or driving under the influence in Nevada were at fault.

If a loved one of yours was killed in an accident like this, Benson & Bingham can help you understand your legal options. If it was a medical episode that caused the crash, it may be that unsafe drug interactions were at fault, for instance. We have seen situations like this in both Northern and Southern Nevada car crashes If you have a claim, we will get you the compensation you need to cover medical or recovery costs, and everything else in this horrible situation. Contact Benson & Bingham today for a free consultation.

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