Traffic Injuries, Fatalities on the Rise in Nevada

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Recent reports by the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety indicate that the number of motor vehicle crashes resulting in serious injury or fatality in the state has steadily risen over the past few years. After experiencing approximately 431 fatalities and more than 2,000 serious traffic injuries in 2006, the state had enjoyed a steady decline in crashes until the number of tragedies began to rise again in 2010. Since then, significant traffic injuries and deaths on Nevada’s roadways have gradually increased. According to preliminary reports, there were approximately 321 traffic fatalities in 2015 alone- up from 291 in 2014. Unfortunately, 2016 is shaping up to be even more deadly for Nevada drivers. The Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS) reveals that from January 1, 2015 to August 28, 2015 there were 175 fatality crashes resulting in 194 deaths. A comparison of the same dates in 2016 shows that 13 more crashes have resulted in 7 more deaths. Reducing Traffic Injuries, Fatalities in Nevada Fortunately, there are numerous things individuals can do to help ensure that everyone stays safe on Nevada’s roadways. While not a comprehensive list, the following is a good place to start. Safety Restraints: The use of safety restraints

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What an Aging Truck Driver Population Means

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The aging truck driver population will have ramifications in several different areas. There is already a shortage of drivers, a problem that will become more serious over the next five years. With fewer drivers working longer hours, there is also higher risks for drivers on the road. In the event of an accident, a truck accident lawyer can help navigate the legal system. At the end of 2014, there were approximately 3.2 million truck drivers in the United States. There is already a shortage of drivers, with an estimated 30,000 and 35,000 fewer truck drivers than required by industries. At the current rate of retirement and new drivers, it is estimated that there will be a shortage of over 200,000 drivers by 2022. As the number of available truck drivers decreases, companies are finding themselves faced with either asking drivers to work longer hours or have to drive heavier loads. With the average age of truck drivers being higher than the age of the average employees in other positions, it becomes increasingly difficult to manage longer hours. They also have a slower reaction time than their younger counterparts. Stricter qualification requirements on state and federal levels also make it more

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What You Should Know About Winter Sports Injuries in Nevada

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As the winter weather begins its approach, the number of sports-related injuries is expected to climb. Residents will soon begin flocking to ice skating rinks, hitting the ski slopes, and participating in other winter activities throughout the season. For some, winter fun will be frozen by serious injuries. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, (CPSC) approximately 290,000 individuals sought treatment for winter sports-related injuries at doctors’ offices, emergency clinics and hospitals in 2014 alone. While some injuries were minor and required little medical intervention, many were so severe that people suffered significant pain, loss of use, and other side effects for months after the incident. Some victims never recovered. Reducing the Risk for Winter Sports-Related Injuries There are a number of steps that can be taken to help reduce the risk of becoming seriously injured while participating in winter sports. Protective Gear: Individuals should always use protective gear that is recommended for the activity. Helmets are a good example. Approximately 23,500 individuals suffer head injuries from participating in winter sports each year. Traumatic Brain Injury is the leading cause of disability and fatality for children and young adults. Condition of Equipment: Sleds, skis, skates and other equipment

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There are issues in assigning liability for driverless car accidents

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Autonomous car developers and manufacturers believe that self-driven technology will make car accidents and traffic fatalities a historical footnote. However, there are significant technological hurdles between that utopian future and the current state of the technology. While the technology develops, the courts will need a method to assign liability when driverless cars are involved in accidents. Self-Driven Cars: Overview Self-driven cars are a nascent technology. Several companies are working to bring the technology to market including Tesla and their auto-pilot program, Uber and its autonomous taxis in downtown Pittsburgh, as well as well-known car manufacturers such as GM, Toyota, Volkswagen, and BMW. The purpose of this technology is to design a system in which cars utilize a suite of sensors and communication tools to navigate roads autonomously. It is theorized once the technology matures, it will enable a seamless system of motor vehicles continually communicating with one another and automatically adjusting based on traffic. Proponents of the technology believe it will improve fuel efficiency, reduce traffic, reduce (and eventually eliminate) traffic fatalities, and save people money. However, there are significant technology hurdles that must be overcome before driverless car technology enters this utopia. Benefits by the Numbers According to the National

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