Auto accidents involving texting are on the rise here in Nevada. Many people, especially teenagers, do not understand just how dangerous texting and driving actually is. The fact is that texting while behind the wheel poses multiple dangers, thereby drastically increasing the odds of having an accident.
Some distractions cause you to take your eyes off the road for a few seconds. Others may cause you to take your hands off the wheel or cause your mind to lose focus. All three of these distractions are present when sending a text message, making it one of the most dangerous activities that can be performed while operating a motor vehicle.
Texting and driving has been compared to drinking. In fact, Car and Driver magazine conducted a study that involved checking the reaction time of drivers both while they were texting and after they were intoxicated. The study showed that, in both cases, the reaction time of these participants increased greatly regardless of whether they were drunk or texting. These drivers also swerved into other lanes and traveled a great deal further before coming to a stop.
There’s no doubt that texting and driving increases the odds of being in an accident substantially, even for experienced drivers. If you have been injured in an accident that involved another driver texting, contact Ed Bernstein & Associates to see if help is available.
A recent study by the National Safety Council shows that a staggering number of highway fatalities are due to cell phone usage, yet many are not reported as such. It seems that a lack of consistency in reporting methods along with the fact that many drivers do not admit to using a cell phone leads to many cases going completely undocumented.
As even further evidence that cell phone usage is underreported, researchers looked at data from various states. Louisiana reported no fatal car accidents due to cell phone usage, while New York reported just one instance. Tennessee, which has a much smaller population than New York, noted 93 instances, while Texas claimed there were only 40.
The National Safety Council estimates that around 25% of all accidents nationwide are due to cell phone usage. They do acknowledge that exact data is difficult to determine, especially when the distracted driver is the one who is fatally wounded. With highway fatalities at an all-time high, it’s clear that more needs to be done to curb distracted driving whether it is due to cell phone usage or any other factor.
Call Ed Bernstein and Associates today if your family has been a victim of a fatality due to cell phone usage while driving.
Avoid Falling for These Common Insurance Company Tactics
Insurance companies often use what CNN refers to as the “three D’s” to prevent paying auto insurance claims. The three D’s are delay, deny and defend. They hope that by delaying or denying a claim, the average consumer will accept any settlement, no matter how small it is, out of fear that if they don’t they will receive nothing.
A common example of this occurs whenever an accident results in relatively minor injuries. There could be several thousand dollars worth of medical expenses involved along with lost wages. Insurance companies stall claims as long as possible, and then finally agree to paying all or most of the medical payments without compensating someone for their additional expenses. By this time, consumers are broke, frustrated, and eager to compromise. They may also feel that hiring a lawyer to help them recoup the rest of their money would not be worth their time.
The practice is so widespread that many insurance companies actually train their claims adjusters on how to handle so-called “walk away accidents.” They are banking on the fact that you won’t sue, and that they can keep the benefits you should rightfully be receiving for themselves. Since this is becoming an all-too-often scenario, talking with a personal injury attorney after any accident just makes good sense.
For help in the Las Vegas area, turn to Ed Bernstein & Associates.
Some of our nation’s highways are considered to be more dangerous than others are because they have more than their share of traffic fatalities. While many people would assume these roads are in mountainous areas that are covered with snow part of the year, that’s not always the case. A good example is a stretch of Interstate 15 right here in Clark County, which has consistently been named as one of the most dangerous highways in America by a number of different groups.
During the past five years, more than 170 people have died in accidents along the 125-mile stretch of highway spanning from Las Vegas to California. Since the road is mostly flat and has few intersections, it would seem as though it would be a relatively safe road to travel. The fact that it appears safe is apparently what causes a number of motorists to speed here, and traveling too fast for conditions is the leading cause of traffic accidents on this interstate.
The Nevada Department of Public Safety has attempted to increase its presence on Interstate 15 over the past few years in an effort to get motorists to slow down. If you have been injured on this stretch of highway because another person was driving too fast, help in recovering damages could be available from Ed Bernstein and Associates.
Since teens are more likely to be killed in automobile accidents, Las Vegas curfew laws are in place to prevent that from happening. Police officers carefully monitor the streets during curfew hours, enforcing these laws to the best of their abilities.
Drivers 17 and younger may not operate a vehicle between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. with a few exceptions. If they are traveling to or from a work or school-sponsored event, this restriction is lifted. Proof of the scheduled event could be required at the time a traffic stop is made.
In Las Vegas, the curfew is lowered to 9 p.m. on the Strip and downtown unless the teen driver is accompanied by an adult. In other areas of town, the statewide curfew of 10 p.m. is enforced from Sunday through Thursday, and is extended until midnight on weekends.
Laws such as these aims to prevent tragedies that occur due to the lack of experience of teenage motorists. Since accidents are more likely to happen at night or when a driver is fatigued, restricting nighttime driving is an essential part of ensuring public safety on our roadways after dark.
Even when operating during authorized hours, young drivers can sometimes be involved in dangerous accidents when they are distracted, abuse drugs or alcohol, or operate in a reckless manner. When these accidents result in injuries to others, their victims can sometimes seek damages in a court of law.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enacted new legislation that takes effect July 1, 2013. This new law concerns the hours of service performed by over-the-road truck drivers, and is intended to improve safety on our nation’s highways.
One of the biggest changes will involve the number of hours a truck driver is permitted to drive each week. The maximum number will be reduced from the current 82 down to 70. In addition, drivers will be required to take breaks between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. home terminal time each week. The maximum number of hours driven in one day cannot exceed 11, and operators are required to take at least one 30-minute break after driving for eight hours.
The 34-hour restart will also be affected. A 34-hour restart involves truckers restarting their workweek after 34 hours of continuous rest. Truckers are currently able to do this at their discretion; however, the new law will limit them to only once every seven days. Companies who do not monitor their drivers’ hours of service, to include the 34-hour restart, will face excessive fines and penalties as a result.
While the new law is geared toward improving safety, it might be some time before we can tell if it is helpful. Motorists everywhere are hoping this is the case, as trucking accidents can often result in debilitating injuries or even death. Those who are injured in a trucking accident can contact Ed Bernstein and Associates for more information.
When it comes to vehicle safety, there’s literally a lot riding on your tires. Before heading out on a summer vacation, make sure yours are roadworthy by following these tips.
Check the tread of your tires and replace them if it is lower than 1/16”. A good way to check your tire tread is to insert a Lincoln penny head down into your tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head or the words “in God we trust”, it’s time to replace your tires.
While checking the tread, it’s also important to look for cracks or torn rubber, as these conditions will also make driving hazardous. You should also look for foreign objects that might be lodged in your tire. If removed in a timely manner, your tire could be repaired with only a patch or plug rather than needing to be totally replaced.
While it is tempting to buy only two tires at a time, it’s best to purchase a complete set if possible. This will ensure more even wear, a comfortable ride, and easier handling under severe weather conditions. Have your tires rotated every 5,000 miles and check your air pressure on a regular basis. By performing these simple steps, you and your loved ones can enjoy many miles worth of safe travel.
Please call the office of Edward Bernstein and Associates if you are involved in a car accident to protect your legal rights!
It can be a popular thought among the people police officers are just trying to give them tickets and not really be of much help. We see even our NHP officers are not exempt from the devastating effects of drivers who put their own plans ahead of the safety of their fellow man. It appears an office was struck by a vehicle while investigating another car accident at Interstate 15 near the Charleston Boulevard off-ramp. Alcohol is a suspected cause of the event according to the Las Vegas Journal Review.
Car accidents can happen, and when they do, sometimes they are just minor fender benders, other times they can have a substantial toll on the health and well being of one of the victims. If you get in a car accident, it is always good to check with an accident attorney to see if you have a case. Settling for a small amount from an insurance company may not give you protection down the road if there are lingering effects of the car accident.
We wish the best of health for the officer who was struck and wanted to remind you they are out there to protect and serve us, for which we are grateful.
If you have been involved in an auto accident, please call the office of Ed Bernstein and Associates to see if you have a case!
When there are defects in the manufacturing process, automobiles may be recalled. Determining the need for a recall is a lengthy process, which is why many recalls take months or even years to begin.
When motorists believe there is a safety issue with the a vehicle, they often report their concerns to the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission. After a certain number of complaints have been filed, the agency may alert automakers there is a possibility a vehicle has a defect. From there, an investigation takes place to determine whether further action needs to be taken.
Many times, car manufacturers initiate a recall on their own; however, the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission may also force automakers to recall vehicles if they pose a serious safety risk. Consumers may also petition this agency to conduct their own investigation into defective vehicle components if they believe a manufacturer isn’t responding appropriately.
If an investigation shows that a potential problem exists, an engineering analysis is then performed to confirm this fact. During this stage of the process, a potential solution to the problem may also be sought. Once automakers are confident they understand the problem and have an appropriate remedy for it, a recall is then initiated.
Consumers can find out about recent recalls by visiting the official website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission,http://www.nhtsa.gov/. Those who have suffered an injury due to a defective vehicle may have a remedy available to them under the law and should immediately contact a lawyer.
Many people regularly take public transportation in Las Vegas because it is convenient and safe. While this may be true most of the time, there are occasions when public transportation is not so convenient or safe. Unfortunately, public transportation accidents do occur, and when they are caused by negligence, passengers may be able to recoup damages.
In an effort to increase profit margins, some companies may skimp on routine maintenance. They may ignore necessary repairs, and this can lead to vehicles that do not operate properly. Passengers who utilize public modes of transportation are normally unaware the proper maintenance has not been done, and rely on these vehicles for safe passage in an around the Las Vegas area.
Other times, the drivers of public transportation vehicles drive in an unsafe manner. Driving while under the influence of certain prescriptions or while fatigued is not an uncommon practice. These drivers might also become distracted by cell phones, iPods, or navigation systems, thereby causing an accident to occur.
If you’ve been injured on public transportation, your first consideration should be your safety and well being. Seek medical attention if necessary and then make plans to contact a Las Vegas personal injury attorney who can advise you of your legal rights. Even if you’re from out of town, you could have a remedy available to you under Nevada law.
Give us a call if you have been involved in an injury from a public transportation entity, you could be entitled to damages!