Man Killed In Reno Pedestrian Accident on Christmas Eve

A pedestrian accident across from the Bonanza casino in Reno early Christmas eve has resulted in the death of Vincent Yowell, 54. Mr. Yowell, a resident of Reno, NV, was hit by two cars as he attempted to cross North Virginia Ave in Reno at approximately 4:30 in the morning on December 24th. One of the automobiles involved in the accident stopped and waited for police to arrive. The second car, however, left the scene. Police had begun searching for the 2nd vehicle in the accident and even offered a $2000 reward via the Secret Witness program in the Reno pedestrian accident.

The Washoe County traffic death caused traffic on the highly travelled road. Both lanes were closed on North Virginia as police investigated the accident into Christmas morning.

Reno police have stated that they did not believe the accident was due to the use of alcohol or drugs while driving. The second driver in the accident contacted police on Wednesday to say that he was in the vicinity of the accident and thought he had hit a large animal with his car. Police and the Washoe County district attorney are attempting to determine whether or not they will press charges of fleeing the scene from a Washoe County pedestrian crash. Police investigators are saying that they believe the man crossing North Virginia was in the cross walk at the time of the accident.

The area of the accident on North Virginia has been the sight of an additional pedestrian fatality in the past couple years. Moving farther south and north from the cross walk in front of the Bonanza casino, there have been an additional two recent pedestrian deaths, one in 2011 and one in January 2012. Area residents have been requesting the Nevada Department of transportation install additional lighting on the crosswalks in this highly travelled section of road.

Police are urging pedestrians and drivers to use more caution when driving in the area.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a Reno automobile accident, a Washoe County work accident or even a Northern Nevada casino accident, the personal injury attorneys at can help you to recover financially from the accident. Our Nevada licensed attorneys have significant experience assisting individuals who have been hurt through no fault of their own recover money lost to hospital expenses, burials costs, pain and suffering and even lost work. Our firm also offers all of those we represent our exclusive happiness guarantee – if at the end of your case you are not satisfied with your final fee for services, we will work with you to come to a final invoice that meets with your approval.

As Winter Weather Returns, Northern Nevadans Urged to Drive with Caution

As the Reno/Tahoe area gets some of the first precipitation this year, due to significant drought conditions that have dried out nearly all of California and Nevada, drivers need to drive cautiously as they hit the roads. Not only does rainfall after drought conditions make roads slicker than they can be in usual rainfall situations, the year has been so dry that Northern Nevada drivers haven’t had much recent experience traversing wet and icy roads. When these conditions happen, Reno automobile accidents are liable to occur. If you or a family member has been hurt or killed in a Northern Nevada automobile accident, contact NV-Attorney today to begin discussing your case.

Each year, AAA, a US insurance company and road club, offers tips on driving during wintry weather. When it is snowing, drivers are urged to get enough sleep – fatigue behind the wheel, plus icy roads can often result in crashes. Often, people will run out to their car and start it 5 to 15 minutes before leaving. When doing this, be sure to move your car out of an enclosed space like a garage. While it is important at all times for your car to be in top working condition, under-inflated tires can contribute to loss of control of your vehicle when the roads are wet or icy. In addition to having tires correctly inflated, it is important to also keep your gas tank half full. This will help prevent gas lines from freezing up. The best way to prevent a Reno car accident is to prepare yourself before getting behind the wheel.

The most important thing drivers can do to reduce the chance of accidents on wet and icy roads is to slow down. When there is snow or ice on the ground, it takes longer to stop than usual. To counter this, when it is cold, wet, icy and snowy, slower speeds enables drivers to adjust for emergencies or other unanticipated road hazards such as lost dogs, joggers, pedestrians or even people running red lights or stop lights. Recovering from cold weather automobile accidents can require simple repairs, hospital visits or even Northern Nevada wrongful death litigation.

Benson and Bingham is a Southern Nevada law firm practiced at personal injury cases across the state of Nevada. Our team of experienced attorneys have significant experience fighting for our clients when they have been injured through no fault of their own. Always remember, insurance companies have their own attorneys to assist them in creating insurance policies or in personal injury cases – be sure to have experience legal counsel on your side as well.