54-year Old Man Killed In Reno Pedestrian Accident

With fatal pedestrian accidents occurring on the average of one every two months (or 6 times a year) in Reno, area police departments, the Nevada Department of Transportation and the Washoe County Commission are all looking for ways to reduce the number of pedestrian deaths in Washoe County. In December, a 54-year old man was killed crossing North Virginia Ave in front of the Bonanza casino. The man, Vincent Yowell, was eventually found to be inebriated at the time of the crash and had failed to activate the walk signal that would have alerted motorists that someone was crossing. Mr. Yowell was actually struck by two automobiles and one of the drivers contacted Reno police about the accident. The 53-year old driver was the second to hit Mr. Yowell and believed that he had hit a large animal, instead of hitting a person. The Bonanza Hotel’s surveillance cameras caught the accident, and absolved both drivers of fault in the crash.

In an attempt to reduce the number of Reno pedestrian accidents, the Reno police have begun a number of efforts to ticket those in Reno who are not driving safely or who are driving recklessly. Police have been sending undercover officers to dangerous intersections in Washoe County. All intersections have crosswalks, whether they are marked or not. When someone is in a crosswalk, unless there is a traffic island, motorists must stop and wait for them cross the street completely before those driving cars continue on their way. Crosswalks can also be in areas that are heavily trafficked by pedestrians, including areas around schools, parks and hospitals. When turning a corner, drivers are asked to slow down and anticipate someone crossing the street. It has been estimated that approximately 50% of all pedestrian accidents are the fault of the person hit by a car and not the driver.

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Vehicle Accident in Reno, Among Many

There have been a slew of vehicle accidents in Northern Nevada over the last few days. Many of the accidents have been the predicable, if still terrible, winter weather accidents. We’ve finally seen some precipitation and that means wet road car crashes in Reno and the surrounding area, and snow and ice accidents up in the higher elevations. Mix out of towners into the snowy slushy slurry, and you have the perfect, if that’s the right word, recipe for anything from fender benders to bad rollover crashes in Washoe County, Douglass County, Carson City, and more. Word to the wise, for anyone reading this who isn’t familiar with driving in the snow, rain or ice: four wheel drive will not save you. You can’t lock it into four wheel and then go as fast as you want or normally would. It won’t keep you from sliding off the road if you take a turn too fast, and it doesn’t mean you can stop on a dime. You still have to go slow, and be careful. And if you’re a victim of someone else’s negligence and inability to drive safely in the snow, the next thing you need is a good lawyer like Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law who can fight for your legal rights and get you the compensation you deserve and need to move on with your life.

But perhaps the most recent car accident near Reno does not appear to be one of these snow accidents. Little is known about this vehicle accident so far. The severity of any injuries, the age, name, or even the sex of the driver of the vehicle has not been released. The vehicle, which has not been described, allegedly hit a tree. There were said to not have been any other vehicles involved. But one thing we learned from a recent Las Vegas car accident is that appearances at first blush are not always what it appears to be. You need a good lawyer on your side, looking out for your interests as any investigation gets moving. Benson & Bingham can find out if the accident was the fault of another person or entity, and get you the compensation you deserve. Benson & Bingham offer free initial consultations, so contact us today and set up an appointment to let us know your side of what happened, and get a top lawyer on your side.