Cell Phone Use By Teen Drivers Contributes To Reno Automobile Accidents

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.

Man Dies In Sparks Hit-And-Run Accident

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.

Man Killed In Reno Commercial Vehicle Accident

A man died on Sunday September 20th in a Reno commercial vehicle accident when his truck rolled over and a passenger was thrown from the vehicle. The accident happened on Highway 80 near mile 41. An investigation into the crash indiciates that the Washoe County Box trailer crash occurred when the truck was going eastward on I-80. The truck was travelling in the slow lane. At some point, the truck began drifting onto the right shoulder. As the driver tried to regain control of the truck, the driver overcorrected and the truck then spun wildly in the left direction. The truck and the trailer it was towing landed on its passenger side and blocked both lanes of eastward travel. A passenger who was sleeping at the time of the accident was thrown and passed away at the accident scene. The driver of the truck was rushed to a Reno hospital for treatment of his injuries. Those injuries are not expected to threaten the life of the driver.  


In addition to the damage to the truck, the trailer and the death of the passenger, guardrails on each side of the highway were also damaged. The guardrails were so damaged that after the accident they were blocking part of the road. The trailer being towed by the truck also spilled its load on the highway. There are no reports as to what the truck was carrying at the time of the crash. Cleaning up the aftermath of the accident included moving the truck back onto it’s wheels, cleaning up the cargo that had spilled on the highway and repairing the guardrails that were damaged in the accident. 

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Man Pleads Not Guilty In Reno Automobile Accident That Killed Two Young Children

The Police Department of Reno released information on a non-guilty plea by a Reno man who killed two young children. The man accused in the accident Sheldon Berg, 55, is accused of vehicular manslaughter (two counts). Mr. Berg issued his plea on Thursday, October 1st. Mr. Berg was not held on bail and the next time he will be seen is court is still yet to be determined. Even though Mr. Berg was released on self recognizance, the 66-year old Reno resident with a history of losing his license will not be allowed to drive until his trial for the South Reno automobile accident.


In late June this year, Mr. Berg is accused of crashing into a house on Princess Ave. at Vassar St. in Reno. When he crashed into the house on a sunny Monday afternoon, two very young kids died. Mr. Berg was behind the wheel of a Subaru heading westerly on Brentwood Ave when he didn’t stop for a stop sign and crashed into the house. In the home when the crash occurred was a young mother and her son, daughter and niece. The daughter, 4, and the son, 2, were killed in the Washoe County car crash. Mr. Berg may have suffered some type of attack of a medical nature at the time of the accident. Police investigators have uncovered another crash involving Mr. Berg from early 2013 that was the result of a medical incident. The type of medical incident or attack is unknown at this time.
A search of Mr. Berg’s records with the Nevada vehicle registration department uncovered that the license for Mr. Berg had been suspended since 2002 six times. None of the license suspensions were for misdemeanor or felony arrests or convictions or for Northern Nevada vehicle collisions. Mr. Berg voluntarily handed over his license three times, once in 2002, once in 2004 and once in 2007. In 2010 and again in 2011, Mr. Berg refused to comply with recommended restrictions on his license, which resulted in those two suspensions. In 2013, Mr. Berg declined to be examined by the motor vehicle department, which resulted in yet another suspension. Mr. Berg was granted a new license after each suspension legally by following processes outlined by Nevada state law and motor vehicle regulations. Mr. Berg’s current driving license was given to him in March 2015. Reno police have stated that when someone has an automobile accident because of a medical reason, for this person’s license to be reinstated, he must be medically evaluated.

Three Separate Reno Pedestrian Accidents Kill Two and Injure Two

A Reno man, 20, was killed in a pedestrian traffic accident, last week, on Thursday September 17th at approximately 9:30 p.m. The Reno automobile accident happened at the intersection of Crystal Ln and Clear Acre Ln. The Reno man killed in the accident, Shane Ortero was rushed to Renown Hospital but was later declared dead at the hospital. The tragic accident happened when a passenger car that was heading northward on Clearacre ran into Mr. Ortero who was in the road. The driver of the car stayed at the scene of the accident and is helping police with their investigation. Police tested the driver for for alcohol and drug intoxication but the driver passed these tests. Police have asked anyone in the public with information on the accident to contact them


Another Northern Nevada pedestrian crash happened the same day when a man was killed in Carson City. The accident happened just before 3:00 p.m. on September 17th, a Thursday. The accident happened in the 100 block of Hot Springs Rd. The man in the accident, 71, was caught under the car that hit him, witnesses to the accident were able to extricate the man before rescue personnel made it to the scene. The man was attempting to cross the street in a crosswalk when the accident happened. The driver who hit the pedestrian, a 68-year old man, was driving of a pickup truck. The driver, 68, was ticketed for not stopping for a pedestrian in a crosswalk and was not cited for driving while intoxicated. The man hurt in the crash was taken by helicopter to Renown hospital, however, he later passed away from his injuries.
Finally, on Friday September 25th two young children were injured in a Washoe County car collision. The accident happened at Mae Anne Ave & Avenda de Landa. The two people hurt in the accident were aged 7 and 10 years old and were in a crosswalk at the time of the crash that happened just before 9:00 a.m. The two kids were rushed to Renown Hospital and their injuries were considered no life threatening although one of the children did suffer a significant concussion. The driver of the car that hit the children received a citation in the accident. The driver complained of being blinded by the sun just before the accident happened. Police tested the driver for alcohol and drug intoxication but the driver passed those tests.

Man Convicted In 2014 Reno DUI Automobile Accident

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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Two Injured In Reno Automobile Accident When Car Slams Into Home

An early morning car crash into a home in Reno resulted in significant property damage but amazingly, no injuries to innocent people. This accident was the second Reno automobile accident where a car plowed into a home in little over a month. The owner of the house hit by the car was sleeping at the time of the accident but was unhurt. There were two in the car at the time of the accident, a man and a woman. The man in the accident was arrested for driving while intoxicated and the woman who was riding in the car was rushed to the hospital due to injuries in the Washoe County car crash. The arrested driver in the accident also was treated for his injuries at a local hospital.


The accident was the result of a police chase when they saw a car they suspected that a drunk driver was behind the wheel of. The behavior that drew police attention to the driver was reckless driving and repeated u-turns.  When police tried to pull over the car, it sped away and into an area of single family homes. Police then came upon the car after it had slammed into the home in the accident. The accident happened on Kirman Ave. in Reno, in an area where a number of the neighborhood’s residents note that many do drive very fast on. The accident happened just before two in the morning on August 10th, a Monday.
The earlier Northern Nevada vehicle collision with a home occurred in Late June. In that tragic accident, two young children were killed. The man who slammed into the house was 66 years old. The accident happened near 1400 Princess St., near the cross street of Vasser. The mother of the two kids was not harmed in the accident. Investigations and witnesses have learned that the driver of the SUV was traveling at a speed over 60 miles per hour at the time of the crash. The driver has cooperated with Reno police in the investigation. The name of the 66-year old driver in the June accident was released by police. His name is Sheldon Berg. Prior to the accident, Mr. Berg’s license had been suspended six times. Mr. Berg’s license suspensions, which started in 2002, were not due to felony or misdemeanor convictions. Mr. Berg’s license suspensions have been for a number of reasons over the year, including failing to comply and for reasons requested by a doctor.

NHP Searching For Driver In Reno Hit And Run Motorcycle Accident

Highway Patrol officers are on the lookout for a driver who was involved in a deadly Reno motorcycle accident that happened in early July. NHP suspect that a Subaru WRX hit a Reno man, Stephen Hobbs, 51, while he was riding his motorcycle. The accident happened just after noon on Saturday, July 11th in the vicinity of the Cold Springs off ramp on Highway 395. Mr. Hobbs was travelling Northward on Interstate 395 in the same direction as the Subaru WRX was headed. In the accident, the Subaru hit the motorcycle in the Washoe County motorbike crash. Mr. Hobbs was thrown from his motorcycle in the accident, and was rushed to Renown hospital with injuries that were considered critical. He was taken to the hospital by helicopter. Mr. Hobbs later passed away at Renown Hospital. Mr. Hobbs, a California corrections officer, was driving a KTM motorcycle at the time of the accident.


Investigators are thinking that the Subaru WRX in the accident was from 2010. The Japanese built vehicle may have damage to the right front (passenger) fender and side. NHP have leads that the Subaru is painted silver and the license plates on the car are of the Nevada sunset variety. The Cold Springs sports bike collision is being investigated as a road rage accident.


motorbike accidentRoad rage is considered a significant factor in automobile accidents across the United States. 2/3rds of all US traffic deaths are the result of driving aggressively and just over 1/3rd of aggressive driving accidents have a gun involved. Statistics show that men under 19 are the biggest demographic in road rage accidents. The term road rage was coined by a Los Angeles television station when multiple highway shooting accidents happened on LA freeways. Road rage is defined as when a traffic accident happens when multiple road infractions occur that endanger or harm people or property. Half of all drivers report that they respond to aggressive driving with aggressive actions on their own. Those behaviors include rude gestures, tailgating and even horn honking. In seven years, over 12,000 people were injured in road rage incidents and approximately 220 people were killed. Even more frightening, 2% of drivers admit to attempting to drive someone off the road.
If you have been hurt in an accident that is no fault of your own, Las Vegas personal injury attorneys Benson and Bingham can assist you in recovering financially from the collision.

Man Killed In Reno Pickup Truck Rollover Accident

The NHP said that on Tuesday July 21st, a man from Reno died when his truck was in a single car rollover accident. The accident happened near the McCarran Blvd. exit on Interstate 80. Police have stated that their investigation shown that the 2002 Ford truck, driven by Nathanael Miccile, 22, was going east on Interstate 80 towards Reno and Sparks. Mr. Miccile attempted to exit the highway on the McCarran Blvd off ramp and began to lose control of the Ford pickup. As Mr. Miccile tried to get control of his truck, he ended up over correcting and the truck entered a not paved part of the onramp. After being in the unpaved section, he hit a warning marker and a roadsign as the truck rolled onto the righthand side. The truck continued out of control eventually resting in W. McCarran Blvd’s median. Mr. Miccile was thrown from the pickup truck and was unfortunately declared dead at the scene of the Reno truck accident.


There was also a passenger in the truck at the time of the accident,Reno resident  Woodrow Wood, 24. Mr. Wood was rushed to the hospital with injuries that were not considered deadly. Neither Mr. Wood or Mr. Miccile were wearing seatbelts at the time of the Washoe County pickup crash. The police investigation also has revealed that there was alcohol involved in the accident.


The Northern Nevada vehicle accident close the westward lane on Interstate 80 as well as the McCarran Blvd off ramp from the highway. The crash caused the lane and exit closures to last for approximately three hours. Nevada Highway Patrol are also asking any witnesses to the accident to please contact the NHP.


Multiple Vehicle AccidentOne of the major factors in accidents in Nevada and the United States are driving while intoxicated. DUI accidents are wholly preventable accidents. Instead of driving while intoxicated, you can take a taxicab, walk or take public transportation. Another way to avoid drunk driving is simply to designate one individual in a group as a non-drinker. This non-drinker often is given free soft drinks from bars and clubs.
NV-attorney is the Reno and Northern Nevada arm of the Las Vegas personal injury law firm, Benson and Bingham. Benson and Bingham has experience with all types of personal injury including including premises slip and fall accidents, all types of automobile accidents and even accidents in casinos outside of Nevada when the casino has their corporate offices in the Silver State.

Two Reno Automobile Accidents Result In Two Deaths

The death of a Reno woman from domestic violence was solved by police due to a Reno automobile accident. the woman who died was Reno resident Angelica Hood, 23. Ms. Wood’s Husband, 32-year old, Dempsey Hood of Reno, was placed in Reno jail in the incident. Mr. Hood’s charges are assaulting a protected person, domestic battery and battery causing harm. Police were called to the scene of a Washoe County car crash at Sun Valley Blvd and Highland Ranch Pkwy. The driver in the accident was on foot when police tracked him down. At the same time, police had gone to the couple’s address in response to a call about an injured woman. The call was just after 10 a.m. on Saturday on Centennial Wy. Police quickly tied the two incidents together.


Mrs. Hood was rushed to a local Reno hospital after the assault but later died from her wounds. In addition to the charges Mr. Hood faces in his wife’s death, he is also charged with not stopping at an accident, resisting arrest, and reckless driving.


A Reno man, 27, died on Friday July 31st in an accident in the vicinity of Virginia Lake. The mzan, Alejandro Sandoval was rushed to Renown Hospital but eventually succumbed to his injuries. The accident happened at Watt St. and Country Club Dr. It occurred around 8 a.m. on the 31st. The accident happened when Stephen Christie, 27, ran a stop sign. Mr. Christie is not cooperating with police and was arrested by police for outstanding warrants and is currently in the jail of Washoe County.

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