Snow does not automatically mean accident. That’s always an important thing to remember if you’ve been injured in a car crash in Northern Nevada on icy roads: negligence is still negligence. If another driver was driving too fast and caused you to be injured, the snow and ice doesn’t zero out the fault of the other driver. All driving manuals, insurance policies, traffic laws, and case law say you should drive an appropriate speed for the conditions.
Now, every traffic accident is different. But there are some general rules of thumb that people go by to say it’s likely one party or the another caused a Nevada traffic accident. Generally, it is the fault of the person driving the rear most vehicle. That’s a pretty standard one, though, like anything, not always the case. Snow driving is no different. If the car in front of you loses control and their ensuing accident causes you to get in an accident, for example, could certainly not be your fault even though you’re in the rear vehicle in the wreck. A multi-vehicle accident in Nevada is even more complicated, with chains of fault and negligence, with the potential for almost as many individuals with part responsibility as there are accidents on the freeway.
No matter what, you need a good Nevada attorney to help you sort out the position you’re in following an accident. Benson & Bingham’s top Nevada attorneys handle accident in Las Vegas and Reno, and everything in between, and offer free initial consultations so you can come learn your legal rights and options without any risk or pressure. We’ll explain your position to you in plain English. If you have a claim to file and lawsuit or settlement to pursue, Benson & Bingham will represent you as only experienced Nevada attorneys can.
Massive chain reaction pileups like this are not infrequently the case on days like today in Reno which saw a massive 25 vehicle accident in the blizzardy conditions heading up toward the pass right around the California state line. In part due to the accident and in part due to the weather.
A man from Truckee was arrested for a hit-and-run Reno motorcycle accident. The accident happened on Interstate 80 in the vicinity of the Pyramid Hwy on Saturday, October 31. The crash happened when a honda motorcycle was being driven by Jonathan Navarro. Investigators determined that Mr. Navarra was speeding at the time of the Sparks motorbike crash. The accident happened when Mr. Navarro’s motorcycle crashed into a Subaru Impreza. Truckee resident Jose Arellano,19, was driving the Subaru at the time of the crash. After hitting the Subaru, Mr. Navarro was thrown from his motorcycle and the Honda motorcycle crashed. Just after being thrown from his bike, Mr. Navarro was run over by a pickup truck hauling a trailer. Mr. Arellano then fled the scene of the accident. Mr. Navarro was declared deceased at the accident scene.
The Coroner’s Office of Washoe County is working testing Mr. Navarro for alcohol and drug intoxication. Mr. Arellano was later arrested by the Truckee police in the accident. Mr. Arellano was cited for failure to stop at the scene of an accident where someone had died and failure to assist someone who was injured in a car crash.
Motorcycle accidents happen in Reno often. In early October, a motorcycle accident at S. Virginia St. and W. McCarran Ave. A Kia Sportage headed north on S. Virginia, the Sportage hit the motorcycle that was travelling on McCarran headed west. Two individuals were riding the motorcycle at the time of the crash. Another accident happened in the area after the motorcycle crash when two motorists failed to pay attention to the road when distracted by the crash. Police and the coroner’s office have not released as to whether the driver of the Kia or the people riding the motorcycle were injured.
Bike collisions in Northern Nevada, and across the nation, are significantly more deadly than automobile accidents. The driver and passenger on a motorcycle are not protected by the body of an automobile in a crash, in fact modern automobiles have airbags, collapsible steering wheels and even crumple zones that help to protect a car’s occupants. In addition, a rider on a motorcycle does not have a seat belt to prevent him or her from being thrown by the force of the accident. In fact, someone on a motorcycle is 35 times more probable to be be involved in an accident that a passenger vehicle. 88,000 people were hurt in motorcycle accidents in 2006
For teens, one of the most anticipated rites of passage is getting a driver’s license. Many teens and parents alike are often shocked by the high price of insuring those teens to drive family vehicles. By emphasizing road safety, thus limiting Reno automobile accidents caused by teens, new drivers and their parents can bring down the price of the insurance and save lives! Teenage drivers cause a significant amount of Washoe County car crashes and accidents are the leading killer of teenagers. Across the nation, in 2013, teenage drivers were involved in over 2600 deadly automobile accidents. In the Silver State, over four years, teenagers were responsible for sending over 2200 people to the emergency room.
Cell phone use while driving is suspected of being one of the leading factors in teenage vehicle collisions in Northern Nevada. Since texting and using a mobile while behind the wheel is more common with teenagers than with other drivers, the penalties for using a cell phone while behind the wheel are significant. If your teen is given a citation for texting while driving, his or her insurance premium can rise significantly – since the Silver State enables insurance company to base premiums on citations for mobile use.
By being cautious and working to not be involved in an accident, teens can bring down their insurance premiums. If a student is getting good grades in school, often automobile insurance companies will give the family a discount on the teen’s premium. A teen with good grades has shown the capacity to concentrate while in class and insurance companies believe that capacity will translate to the ability to concentrate behind the wheel. Another way to reduce the insurance premium associated with your teen is to have them take a safe driving course. The certification for this course can result in a discounted insurance premium.
Using a mobile phone while behind the wheel of your car is illegal and has been since January 1, 2012. For the first offense of using a cell phone while driving, expect to pay a fine of $50. The 2nd offense is $250 (and all subsequent citations for using a cell phone while driving). If you are in a construction zone while you are using your cell phone, your fine will be doubled. First offenses for cell phone use while driving are not marked as moving violations, however, all additional offenses are considered moving violations and those tickets will cause four points on your license.
Sparks police are searching for a car and driver that were involved in a Washoe County automobile accident. The accident happened just on the border of Reno and Sparks. The Sparks car crash killed a man and has been ruled authorities are ruling the accident a hit and run. Police found the man at the intersection of Kietzke Ln and Victorian Ave. The man who died in the accident, a Sparks resident who was aged 55, was found dead on the road just after 3:00 a.m. At first, the Sparks man’s name was not released but it wasl be once the man’s family were informed of his death. Police are saying that the man’s name was Eugene Shorthorn. Mr. Shorthorn was said to be a homeless person who was living in the area of the accident. When found by police, who were responding to a report of the man being down in the road, the Spark Resident had significant injuries to his head and torso. It is being assumed that the man who died was walking in the bike lane at the time of the accident. The investigation by Sparks police will determine if drugs, alcohol or other factors will be the reasons for the man’s death. Businesses in the vicinity of the crash have been canvassed for security camera footage and while Mr. Shorthorn’s death was not caught on camera, three vehicles were in the vicinity at the time of the accident. Three cars are being sought – a semi, a passenger car with a light color paint job and a pickup truck with a light color paint job.
Hit and run accidents in Northern Nevada vehicle collisions now come with the highest penalties in the United States. The new hit and run laws, passed in the last legislative session, came into effect on the first day of October. Now, when a driver leaves the scene of an accident where someone is injured they face up to 20 years in jail. The hit and run driver who causes an injury also is not eligible to be given probation for his sentence. Drivers are being informed of the new law by a new campaign from the Nevada department of transportation. The new public service announcements will implore drivers to call 911 and helping the injured person instead of fleeing. Nevada’s previous hit and run statute essentially incentivized drivers involved in an injury accident, who were intoxicated, to flee the scene, sober up and turn themselves into police. Now there is no incentive as the hit and run penalty and the penalty for injuring or killing someone while driving while intoxcated are the same.
A Reno man, Michael Todd, 52, has been convicted of drunk driving in Reno, Nevada, causing the death of a teenager in a Reno automobile accident. Mr. Todd received a sentence of 20-years in jail for the death of a high school student, 16. The accident happened on June 13th last year. The 16-year old, a boy, was riding his bicycle on Seneca Dr. before the Lemmon Valley car crash. The accident happened around 9:00 p.m. In addition to being intoxicated at the time of the crash, investigators determined that Mr. Todd was also speeding and lost control of his vehicle before veering into oncoming traffic and striking the 16-year old bicyclist.
At the scene of the Washoe County vehicle collision, police found a bottle of Jack Daniels that had been allegedly thrown away by Mr. Todd. Police also estimate that Mr. Todd’s blood alcohol level when the accident happened was 0.159. The teenager who was killed in the accident had just finished his sophomore year in high school.
Mr. Todd entered a guilty plea in the accident in July. He was sentenced in the Washoe County Courthouse by Judge Stiglich on August 21st. Mr. Todd will have parole eligibility after he has served 8 years of his prison sentence.
In the Silver State, drunk driving deaths amount to just over 30% of all traffic deaths. In 2012, 82 Nevadans died from accidents that included alcohol use. Of those 82 people, 9 were under 21 years of age. If you are convicted of a DUI death, you will could be subject to as short as two years in prison and a prison sentence as long as 20 years. That conviction will also cost you somewhere between $2,000 and $5,000 in fines. DUI penalties increase the more intoxicated you are. If your blood alcohol is as high as 0.15 your chances of being in an accident increase substantially.
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The Silver State’s transportation department has just finished the installation of a pedestrian traffic signal on North Virginia in Reno. A traffic signal that many had said would never be installed. The agency held a ceremony yesterday, June 5th. The new pedestrian safety signal is at the intersection of Bailey Drive and North Virginia Street. A number of prominent Northern Nevada politicians were at the event including, Hillary Schieve, Mayor of Reno, Rudy Malfabon, the director of the State of Nevada’s transportation agency, Bob Lucey, County Commissioner and the Lee Gibson, the head of Northern Nevada RTC. The ceremony was also attended by the General Manager of the Bonanza Casino, Ryan Sheltra. There has been greater focus on pedestrian safety across the Silver State due to the dramatic rise in pedestrian deaths in Northern Nevada and Southern Nevada. In 2010, only 35 pedestrians were killed in the Silver State. 2014 saw that total grow to almost 70. The Silver State has instituted a Zero Fatalities program that is working to bring the total number of traffic deaths to none. The new signal is an upgrade to pedestrian caution flashers at the crosswalk. Instead of taking their chances running across the four lane road, pedestrians can now hit a button to activate a walk signal. The department of transportation is funding additional pedestrian improvements in that area including at Hoge Rd., Moraine Wy., and Talus Wy. in Reno.
The department of transportation has budgeted $10 million for pedestrian improvements across Washoe and Clark Counties – the state of Nevada’s urban centers and locales where primarily the high increase in Clark County and Washoe County crosswalk accidents have happened. The total NDOT budget for improving road safety across the state is nearly $21 million. In addition to the te signal the project, which cost $216,000 and was built by PAR Contractors, also included the installation of a concrete barrier along the roadway to increase the safety of those turning right. Additional improvements are scheduled as well including a island median, more lighting and sidewalks.
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The jury is currently being picked for Wayne Burgarello’s murder trial. Mr. Burgarello, 74, is being tried for the shooting death of two people who had trespassed in a vacant property owned by Mr. Burgarello. Nevada law allows individuals to use deadly force with firearms in their homes when they are subjected to a legitimate threat. The bill also cautions homeowners against shooting first and not being aggressors. Even though Mr. Burgarello believed he was in danger, police and district attorneys handled the case as one of capital murder. A conviction on a capital murder charge could lead to a Reno wrongful death suit.
The home invasion linked shootings happened just before valentine’s day last year on February 14th, 2014. Neighbors alerted Mr. Burgarello that people were in his vacant duplex. Then, Mr Burgarello went to the duplex with two loaded handguns to investigate. Upon entering, Mr. Burgarello saw another man in the unit, Cody Devine, 34. Mr. Burgarello shot Mr. Devine when he thought he saw a gun or other weapon in Mr. Devine’s hand. A police investigation revealed that Mr. Devine was not carrying any weapon of any kind and that he had been shot many times. Another person in the vacant duplex at the time, Janai Wilson, 29, was also shot repeatedly by Mr. Burgarello. Ms. Wilson, however, survived the attack and is expected to testify against Mr. Burgarello in his trial.
A number of bills in the Nevada assembly were introduced that were intended to strengthen the laws associated with the castle doctrine in Nevada. The castle doctrine is a legal concept purported by guns rights activists. The doctrine, in its purest form, enables homeowners to use nearly any means necessary to deal with trespassers. It enables those involved in such incidents to use justifiable homicide defenses in their court cases. The doctrine also provides some immunity against Nevada wrongful death lawsuits. The bills that were introduced to increase castle doctrine protections in 2015 and SB 175, SB 171 and AB 139. AB 139 was considered to be an omnibus gun rights bill which also worked to include other gun rights for silver staters.
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A new traffic light is being installed on North Virginia in Reno to curb the rash of Northern Nevada pedestrian accidents that plagued that strip of road in 2014. Representatives from the State of Nevada Transportation Department released a statement saying construction is set to begin on the new pedestrian safety traffic light in the northern part of Reno, commonly known as The Biggest Little City. Construction begins on the new traffic signal on the 11th of May, a Monday. Currently at the intersection, there is a flashing signal warning motorists of pedestrians. The new traffic light instead will enable those who wish to cross the street to press a button that will enable a traffic light that will stop cars and trucks for people to cross the street safely. Additional improvements are planned including the installation of a new concrete barrier along the roadside to make turns safer. An additional improvement includes a bus station being moved to the north to allow for the installation of the barrier. The new road construction will costs Nevada taxpayers over $215,000 but will reduce deaths of people crossing Northern Virginia.
The State of Nevada has budgeted nearly $10 million for road construction in the name of pedestrian safety. The budgeted money is for those improvements in Washoe or Clark county – two counties that have seen their continued urbanization result in pedestrian deaths in Northern Nevada or Southern Nevada. For an example, already 20 people have already died in 2015 in Clark County and Washoe County pedestrian pedestrian accidents. The twenty deaths are the same as last years toll by this part of the year. Yearly totals since 2009 have jumped from approximately 35 pedestrian deaths a year to 68 pedestrian deaths a year.
The last Reno pedestrian accident that happened in front of the casino was just before Christmas last year. At the time, a 54-year old man was killed trying to cross the street. The Reno resident’s name was Vincent Yowell. the accident which happened at approximately 4:30 in the morning on December 22, happened when Mr. Yowell was hit by two cars heading up the four lane road. At first, neither of the cars that had hit and killed Mr. Yowell stopped at the accident, but days later, after seeing stories about the death in local news outlets, a 53-year old Reno man approached police and informed them he was driving in the area at the time of the accident and thought he had struck a large animal.
The death of two Reno residents in car crashes this week highlights the need for safer Northern Nevada driving habits. The first accident, which occurred on McCarren injured one person and killed two senior citizens in separate cars. . The driver of a white Korean made SUV had a medical episode which caused him to lose consciousness and cross the concrete median that separates the oncoming lanes on the four lane road which circles through Reno and Sparks. The driver of the Kia SUV, was Sparks resident, Steven Williams. He was 67 years old. Mr. Logan Knight, 75, was riding in a Cadillac when the accident occurred. The driver of the American-made luxury vehicle, whose name and age have not been released, is still in critical condition at a local hospital. The accident, which occurred at approximately 7 in the morning, caused significant traffic issues as multiple lanes on the Reno highway were closed. If you or a relative has been injured or killed in a Reno car accident, contact Benson and Bingham today.
The second accident occurred in rural Nevada and killed two people who resided in Reno. The two people, 43-year old Duong Chi Ly and 44-year old Trinh M. Duong. Two other Reno residents were injured in the Northern Nevada automobile crash, 44-year old Ardi Ly and 50-year old Steven Lee. This accident also happened at 7 in the morning. The crash happened when a semi-trick attempted to make a U-turn on Interstate 95. Just as the U-turn was being finished, the car driven by Mr. Ly, a Honda, hit the back of the trailer. The Honda Pilot stopped on the highway shoulder, propped on its left side wheels. The one lane rural Nevada highway has a 70 mile per hour speed limit.
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Spinal cord injuries can be some of the worst, dilapidating injuries one can experience. Many times these types of injuries can be permanent, and their spinal cord injury can lead to drastic changes in ones’ life. Motor vehicle collisions, acts of violence, sports-related injuries, slip and falls, and other incidents that cause injury or compression to the nerve cells of the spinal cord are some of the main causes of spinal cord injuries and may effect the brain as well. Approximately 250,000 Americans currently suffer from some form of spinal cord injuries, and there are about 11,000 new cases every year in the US.
More than 50% of all spinal cord injuries result in quadriplegia, which usually requires an average hospital stay of 95 days and costs approximately $120,000 in medical expenses. The total monetary expense related to a spinal cord injury depends upon many factors, including the age of the victim at the time of the accident. For an individual who sustains a spinal cord injury at the age of 25, the average lifetime medical cost for quadriplegia will be around $1.35 million. The average age of victims is 30 years old, and only 51 percent of injured individuals are covered by private health insurance. The monetary figures mentioned only represent medical costs and do not take into account the physical and emotional pain and suffering of the victims, the loss of wages, and the financial and emotional burdens that the spinal cord injury places on the victims’ family members.
A spinal cord injury case can be very complicated, and you need experienced and aggressive attorneys to successfully handle your Nevada spinal cord injury case. The law firm of Benson and Bingham has the experience that is required to successfully represent challenging spinal cord injuries. Benson and Bingham is a family owned and run personal injury law firm that handles Las Vegas injury accidents. Our attorneys base their success on the relationships we build with our clients and can be seen by the over $24,000,000 we were able to secure for our clients in 2010 and 2011. Contact us today for a free consultation!