• Accident Causes

    Poor Visibility Leads to Bicycle Accidents

    Statewide (February 25, 2020) – Although bicycle fatalities have been declining for the last three years, bicycle accidents in Nevada remain alarmingly high. One reason for the large number of accidents is poor visibility. To combat this, city planners are painting bike lanes green, installing large signs to let motorists know they’re sharing lanes with bicyclists, and installing flashing lights at intersections.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys applauds Nevada for making the state safer for bikers. Hopefully the visibility improvements will help curb bicycle accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in a bike accident in Nevada, please contact us so that we may explore all your legal options. Source: News3LV

    Retroreflective Backplates Expanding in 2020

    Statewide (January 9, 2020) – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDoT) has announced that it will install more retroreflective backplates on traffic lights in 2020. Poor visibility during night driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents in Nevada. NDoT claims that the new backplates can reduce car crashes by as much as 15%.

    NDoT plans to deploy 150 retroreflective backplates in Truckee Meadows in early 2020 before expanding throughout the rest of Nevada.

    Poor night time visibility can lead to drivers running red lights. Hopefully the new backplates can significantly reduce the number of night crashes. If you and your family have been hurt in a car accident at night, contact Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys for immediate legal assistance. Source: NDoT

    Winter is Coming

    Statewide (December 4, 2019) – Nevada temperatures are plummeting, and soon it will be time for snow in many parts of the state. With snow comes traffic accidents. According to the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDoT), “As many as 2,000 crashes occur statewide every year due to unsafe driving in snow, ice, and other wet conditions.” This makes car crashes one of the most common forms of winter accidents in Nevada.

    Whether you’re a resident or visiting our fabulous state, everyone at Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys hopes that you exercise maximum caution while driving in Nevada during the winter. Please be especially cautious while it’s snowing or when icy roads have been reported. Should you get into a winter car accident because of a reckless driver, please seek medical attention and contact us immediately. Source: NDoT

    Nevada Lane-Departure Accidents

    Statewide (November 20, 2019) – Unintentional lane departures cause thousands of accidents in Nevada every year. According to the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDoT), lane-departure crashes caused 1,688 serious injuries and 540 deaths between 2012 and 2016. Whether it’s due to distracted driving or reckless driving, unintentional lane departures can be fatal.

    The lawyers at Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys hope that Nevadans and visitors to our fine state do everything in their power to stay in their lanes. Please keep your focus on the road. Eliminate distractions that steal your attention away from your driving and obey all traffic laws. If you get into an accident because of a driver that failed to stay in their lane, please contact us at your earliest convenience. Source: NDoT

    Car Crashes Responsible For 25 Percent of Youth Deaths

    Statewide (October 29, 2019) – According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), car accident fatalities of children under the age of 13 have plummeted by more than 75 percent since 1975. However, motor vehicle accidents are still responsible for 25 percent of unintentional injury deaths for children in that age range.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys strongly urges you to exercise proper child car safety procedures. Using the proper equipment for small children and ensuring that their seats are secure can be the difference between life and death. Please read this convenient Nevada DMV guide if you’re unfamiliar with the child car safety laws and best practices. Source: IIHS

    Red-Light Fatalities Up Sharply

    Las Vegas (September 23, 2019) – According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), red-light crash fatalities have risen 60 percent between 2008 and 2017. Nine people died in red-light car accidents in 2008, while 23 died in 2017. AAA claims that 57 percent of the people that perished in red-light crashes in 2017 were not in the vehicle responsible for the collision.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys strenuously encourages you to obey traffic laws. Running a red light is illegal. Furthermore, it puts you, your passengers, and other motorists in peril. As you can see from AAA’s figures, running red lights can be fatal. If you’re involved in a car accident because someone ran a red light, please contact us immediately. Source: AP

    Flash Floods Cause Accidents, Property Damage, and Death

    Clark County (August 1, 2019) – It’s currently monsoon season in Nevada, and with it comes the occasional flash flood. While it’s obvious that flash floods can cause property damage and traffic accidents, many people are unaware of how lethal they can be. According to government officials, 18 people have died in Clark County due to flash floods since 1982.

    While numerous infrastructure improvements have decreased the risk of flash flood fatalities, the attorneys at Lerner and Rowe urge you to exercise caution while driving during a flash flood. If possible, delay your trip until the storm has subsided. If you or a family member are injured during a Nevada flash flood due to negligence or another person’s reckless actions, contact Lerner and Rowe immediately. Source: Clark County

    Drivers Impaired by Multiple Substances are the Most Dangerous

    Statewide (July 22, 2019) – The Nevada Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) has released statistics on substance-related fatalities in 2018. Drivers impaired by multiple substances (alcohol and drugs, for example) were, by far, involved in more fatalities than those intoxicated by a single substance. Of the 184 traffic fatalities in 2018, 101 of them were caused by drivers impaired by multiple substances.

    The attorneys at Lerner and Rowe hope that you and your family are safe from drivers intoxicated by any substance, let alone multiple ones. If you and your loved ones have been injured by an impaired driver then please contact us immediately. Source: OTS

    Traffic Crashes Expected to Rise During Summer

    Statewide (June 21, 2019) – Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft recently urged motorists in Nevada to be extra cautious now that summer has started. Traffic accidents typically rise in Nevada during the summer months according to data from the Nevada Department of Transportation (NVDOT). There are several reasons for this: more tourists, more motorcycle and bicycle riders, and more pedestrians. While many people enjoy staying outside during hot Nevada summers, more people means more opportunities for personal injury.

    The attorneys at Lerner and Rowe encourage you to be especially cautious while driving in Nevada during the summer. Follow NVDOT’s summer driving safety tips. Should you and your family be involved in a traffic accident, please contact us immediately so that we may assist you. Souce: The Nevada Independent

    Nevada DOT Urges Wind Caution

    Statewide (May 27, 2019) – Many drivers overlook wind as a driving hazard. This is a critical mistake, especially in a state like Nevada, which sometimes has winds exceeding 40 miles per hour. Heavy winds make cars and motorcycles more difficult to control; they’re especially treacherous to those driving trucks and trailers, making larger vehicles even more challenging to maneuver. Strong winds can also introduce hazards onto the road. They can generate sandstorms and dust storms, lowering driver visibility. They can also be strong enough to blow large objects onto the road, which can lead to crashes.

    Lerner and Rowe urges motorists to be especially careful while driving through high winds. You are strongly encouraged to slow down to safer speeds, maintain safe following distances, look out for large debris blown onto the road, and be mindful of trees or power lines downed by the wind. Should you and your family suffer injury in an accident that occurred on a day with excessive winds, such as a large truck load unexpectedly moving into your lane of traffic, do not hesitate to contact us. Source: Nevada DOT

    Marijuana DUI on the Rise

    Las Vegas (April 4, 2019) – Most people associate DUI crimes with the consumption of alcoholic beverages. With the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in Nevada, marijuana-related DUI crimes are on the rise. Public information officer Andrew Bennett from The Nevada Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety said, “I can say confidently that we’re looking at it almost being 50-50 when it comes to marijuana and other drugs compared to alcohol.”

    With the recreational marijuana industry in Nevada continuing to grow at a mercurial rate, there are more potential DUI offenders to look out for. Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys hopes you’re doing everything you can to keep you and your family safe while driving in Nevada.

    Source: https://www.nevadadot.com/

  • Accident Statistics

    36 Students Struck by Vehicles This School Year

    Clark County (February 3, 2020) – Representatives from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) said that 36 Clark County School District students have been hit by vehicles in the 2019-2020 school year thus far. LVMPD urged motorists and students to pay more attention and be mindful of their surroundings. Police officials cited mobile phones leading to distracted drivers and inattentive pedestrians.

    Checking out your friend’s latest Facebook status or enjoying the coolest new TikTok video isn’t worth getting into a severe pedestrian accident. Safety must always come first. Unfortunately, accidents can happen no matter how safe you’re being. If your children have been struck by a vehicle going to or coming from school, Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys can help. Source: KVVU

    Nevada Cited as Having the Fifth-Highest Speed Limits

    Statewide (January 16, 2020) – A study by QuoteWizard claimed that Nevada has the fifth-highest speed limit in the United States, with an average posted speed limit of 72.5 mph. As of 2017, some sections of Nevada highways have a speed limit of 80 mph. A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) claimed that 36,000 traffic fatalities occurred in the US between 1993 and 2017 as a direct result of speed limit increases.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys strongly encourages you to stay within the posted speed limit while driving. Obeying speed limits greatly reduces your chance of a car accident. Should you get injured in a traffic crash, our team is available 24/7 for immediate assistance. Source: QuoteWizard

    November Crashes and Fatalities Up

    Statewide (December 13, 2019) – November was an unfortunate month for car accidents. According to the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), there were 30 percent more car crashes and 27 percent more traffic fatalities in November 2019 versus November 2018. While the year-to-date numbers for 2019 are still lower, this past November proved to be a tragic month on Nevada roads.

    Many Nevadans take road trips to spend time with friends and family during the holidays. Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys hopes that everyone has safe and incident-free travels this holiday season. Should an accident occur while you and your family are on the road, please contact us so that we can take care of all your legal needs. Source: OTS

    Car Crash Incidents Decrease Continues

    Statewide (November 7, 2019) – The number of car crashes in Nevada continues to decrease, according to The Nevada State Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). The agency reported 21, 21, and 18 vehicle crashes in August, September, and October 2019, respectively. Those statistics represent a decrease of 34, 38, and 28 percent from August, September, and October 2018.

    The year-over-year decrease in car crashes is wonderful news for Nevadans and visitors alike. Hopefully, drivers being more mindful of their surroundings combined with the state making the streets safer will continue the trend. That said, some accidents can’t be helped. Should you and your family suffer a car crash in Nevada, please contact Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys immediately. Source: OTS

    Dramatic Decrease in Crash Fatalities

    Statewide (October 14, 2019) – The Nevada State Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) has reported 172 crash-related deaths through the first nine months of 2019. The agency reported 226 deaths through the first three quarters of 2018. That’s 54 fewer deaths this year-to-date, which reflects a dramatic decrease of nearly 24 percent.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys is relieved that Nevada roads and streets have been safer in 2019. We sincerely hope that the trend continues and the number of crash-related deaths reaches as close to zero as possible. However, we understand that some car accidents are inevitable. Should you and your family be involved in a traffic accident, please contact us immediately. Source: OTS

    August Crashes and Fatalities Down Sharply

    Statewide (September 9, 2019) – The Nevada Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) has reported that both car crashes and automobile fatalities were down in August 2019. The agency reported 32 car crashes and 36 fatalities in August 2018, compared to 21 crashes and 22 fatalities in August 2019. Those numbers show a drop of 34 percent in crashes and 39 percent in fatalities.

    The attorneys at Lerner and Rowe are thrilled that Nevada roads have been safer. The company hopes that the trend continues. That said, please obey all traffic laws and practice proper driving safety. Should you get into an accident, the attorneys at Lerner and Rowe are ready to serve you. Source: OTS

    DUI Fatalities Up in 2018

    Statewide (August 9, 2019) – The Nevada State Office of Traffic Safety has released its cumulative numbers for DUI fatalities in 2018. Overall fatalities were up nearly 9 percent, with 184 DUI-related deaths in 2018 versus 169 in 2017. Alcohol and marijuana DUI fatalities were down from the previous year by 17 percent and 25 percent, respectively. However, “other drug” (not alcohol or marijuana) and polysubstance (more than one drug) fatalities rose in 2018 by 50 percent and 35 percent, respectively.

    The attorneys at Lerner and Rowe strenuously urge you to never drive while under the influence of any substance. It puts your life and the lives of other drivers in serious jeopardy. If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident because of a driver that was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, please contact us immediately. Source: OTS

    Nevada Traffic Fatalities Continue to Decline

    Statewide (July 5, 2019) – The Nevada Department of Transportation has reported that there were 16 traffic-related fatalities in June 2019. That’s a 48 percent decrease from June 2018, which had 31 traffic deaths. Overall fatalities are down 23 percent, with 125 traffic deaths in the first half of 2019, compared to 162 in the first half of 2018.

    The attorneys at Lerner and Rowe are ecstatic that Nevada has been a safer place to drive in 2019. Everyone on the team would love to see the numbers hit zero. Please be aware of the particular dangers of summer driving and do everything in your power to keep your family safe on the road. Source: Nevada DOT

    Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke Death on the Rise

    Statewide (June 27, 2019) – Summer is a glorious time of the year for children, but it can also be a dangerous one. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 52 children died of pediatric vehicular heatstroke in 2018 – the most in 20 years. NoHeatstroke.org reported 13 pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths in Nevada between 1998 and 2018. The deaths occurred because children were left unattended in a car or they made their way into an unlocked vehicle.

    The attorneys at Lerner and Rowe urge you to be especially cautious during the summer. Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle. Make sure to lock your car so that children can’t accidentally get inside of it. Also, place your purse or a teddy bear in the front seat when running errands with a child to help remember they are in the car with you. Please follow Nevada’s Good Samaritan Law procedures if you notice an unattended child suffering in a hot car. Source: NHTSA

    Automobile Crashes Down From 2018

    Statewide (May 31, 2019) – Traffic-related crashes are down 10 percent year over year according to The Nevada Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. The agency reported 118 crashes from January to May 2018, compared to 106 crashes from January to May 2019.

    One reason for the reduction in car accidents is the Nevada DUI Strike Team, a collaboration between the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) and the Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP). The Nevada DUI Strike Team has already stopped more than 500 DUI offenders since October 2018. In many cases, the drivers were halted before they had an opportunity to cause a traffic crash. Source: https://www.nevadadot.com/

    Traffic Fatalities Down

    Statewide (April 30, 2019) – Traffic-related fatalities are down 15 percent year over year according to The Nevada Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. The agency reported 84 traffic-related deaths in the first four months of 2019 compared to 99 in the first four months of 2018.

    While it’s fantastic news that traffic-related deaths are on the decline, many more can be avoided with safe driving practices. The attorneys at Lerner and Rowe hope you’re doing everything possible to keep your family safe.

    Source: https://www.nevadadot.com/

  • News

    Data on 10.6-Million MGM Guests Exposed in Hack

    Las Vegas (February 20, 2020) – ZDNet reported that data on more than 10.6-million MGM Resorts guests was exposed in a data breach. The data included full names, home addresses, phone numbers, emails, and dates of birth. Guests included celebrities, tech CEOs, reporters, and government officials. MGM Resorts operates the largest chain of hotels in Las Vegas and the city hosts some of America’s largest conventions and concerts.

    While there is little anyone can do to protect themselves from a large data breach, there are many ways to stay safe while visiting Las Vegas. Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys encourages you to follow these Las Vegas safety tips. Should you suffer an injury while visiting Las Vegas, please contact us for immediate assistance. Source: ZDNet

    Active Traffic Management Signs Activated in Las Vegas

    Las Vegas (February 12, 2020) – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDoT) has partially activated 42 LED Active Traffic Management (ATM) signs in Las Vegas. The signs were installed along Interstate 15 between Russell Road and Washington Avenue, as well as along U.S. Highway 95 between Valley View Boulevard and Las Vegas Boulevard.

    The signs will provide real-time driver information about planned and unplanned incidents, speed limit changes, and lane use control. Full activation is expected to happen before the end of March 2020. NDoT hopes that the information will increase driver safety and improve traffic flow.

    While technological advancements like ATM signs should increase safety, some car accidents are unavoidable. Call Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys for immediate assistance if you’ve got into a car crash. Source: NDoT

    Nevada I-15 Designated as Alternative Energy Corridor

    Statewide (February 1, 2020) – The portion of Interstate 15 that connects Nevada to California has been federally designated as an “alternative energy corridor.” The Nevada Department of Transportation and its energy partners will install electric and hydrogen charging stations at least every 50 miles along the highway.

    Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak said, “The collaboration between Nevada’s key agencies, utilities and private industry in electrifying Nevada’s highways paves the way forward to transportation decarbonization.”

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys would like to remind all drivers that most electric vehicles (EVs) have instantaneous torque and rapid acceleration. Drivers unfamiliar with them could be surprised and end up in a car accident. Should you get into a car wreck involving an EV, contact us for immediate assistance. Source: Las Vegas Review Journal

    Boring Company Loop Construction Begins

    Las Vegas (January 2, 2020) – Elon Musk’s Boring Company has begun construction of its electric loop at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The loop promises to offer convenient, environmentally-friendly, and fast transportation to convention attendees. 

    Walking from the New Exhibition Hall to North/Central Hall would take 15 minutes by foot; the loop purports to complete the trip in 1 minute. The Boring Company hopes to expand the loop to the Las Vegas Strip and McCarran International Airport.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys is thrilled that Las Vegas is home to the Boring Company’s first transportation project. Please exercise caution around construction areas. Should you get into a car crash or pedestrian accident near loop construction because of negligence, please contact us immediately. Source: Electrek

    New Year’s Eve Las Vegas Freeway Closures

    Las Vegas (December 18, 2019) – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDoT) has announced freeway closures and restrictions for New Year’s Eve 2019 in Las Vegas. The Interstate 15 offramps for Spring Mountain Road, Flamingo Road, and Tropicana Avenue will be closed at 5:00 p.m. and will be reopened between 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. at the city’s discretion.

    NDoT has listed additional road restrictions for the holiday on its website.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys hopes that you and your family have wonderful and safe celebrations on New Year’s. Should you get hurt in an accident in Las Vegas, please contact us as soon as possible. Source: NDoT

    Tesloop Expands Tesla Rentals to Las Vegas

    Las Vegas (November 26, 2019) – Tesloop has announced that it will be offering Tesla rentals in Las Vegas starting in December. Drivers will be able to rent a Tesla in Las Vegas and drive it to Los Angeles or San Diego. Tesloop allows people to experience Tesla’s impressive autopilot technology, the convenience of electric cars, and travel in a more sustainable fashion.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys is pleased that Tesloop has offered an alternative mode of transportation to the citizens of Las Vegas. While Tesla’s autopilot and summoning features are fantastic, they’re not perfect and require you to pay attention at all times. Should you get into an accident while renting a Tesla because of a malfunction, please contact us immediately so that we may go over any legal options with you. Source: Tesloop

    SEMA 2019 Coming to Las Vegas

    Las Vegas (November 1, 2019) – The annual SEMA Show hits Las Vegas November 5-9. People from all over the world will flock to the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) to see the latest and greatest developments in the automotive world. From mercurial tuners to powerful trucks and pristine classics, SEMA 2019 will have it all.

    Unfortunately, some car enthusiasts get a little carried away during SEMA. Fast and reckless driving by attendees could be an issue. If you’ll be attending SEMA or driving near the (LVCC), please be careful. Should you get into a car accident during your time in Las Vegas, please contact Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys immediately.

    Zoox Testing Self-Driving Cars in Las Vegas

    Las Vegas (October 7, 2019) – Autonomous-driving startup Zoox has received permission from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles to test self-driving cars in Las Vegas. The company will test a fleet of autonomous cars on Las Vegas roads in 2019, with the intent to launch a self-driving taxi service in 2020. The taxi service would include a fleet of purpose-built autonomous-cars.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys welcomes Zoox’s exciting new technology to Las Vegas. As with any new tech, new problems are introduced. When fully-autonomous cars hit the road, determining liability in traffic accidents can be difficult. If you’re involved in a car crash involving a self-driving car, please contact us immediately so that we can find the best solution for you. Source: The Verge

    International Walk to School Day Wednesday, Oct. 2

    Statewide (October 1, 2019) – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is encouraging students to participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. Last year, 50 schools in the state participated, and NDOT hopes for more in 2019.

    NDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Scott Bohemier explained, “Physical activity at an early age, such as walking or bicycling, helps reduce heart disease, diabetes, and other obesity-related illnesses. Plus, walking or biking to school can greatly lessen traffic resulting from children being driven to school.”

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys hopes that more students than ever participate in International Walk to School Day. If you’re driving near schools, please be familiar with current school zone safety laws and exercise caution. If a student in your family gets into an accident while walking or biking to school, please contact us for immediate assistance. Source: NDOT

    Life is Beautiful Freeway Ramp Closures

    Las Vegas (September 19, 2019) – The Nevada Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced nightly freeway closures to accommodate the Life is Beautiful music and art festival. The northbound and southbound U.S. Highway 95 offramps to Las Vegas Boulevard will be closed nightly from 11:59 p.m. until 4 a.m. starting on the evening of September 20 through the morning of September 23.

    Everyone at Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys hopes that Life is Beautiful has another successful event. If your plans take you near or around the Downtown Las Vegas area, please plan your route accordingly. For your convenience, Nevada DOT has partnered with Google to allow its Waze navigation app to plan routes around the ramp closures. Should you or your family get into a car accident while taking an alternate route, please contact us at your earliest convenience. Source: Nevada DOT

    National Drive Electric Week at Springs Preserve

    Las Vegas (September 11, 2019) – National Drive Electric Week comes to Las Vegas on Saturday, September 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Springs Preserve (333 S. Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89107). Attendees are invited to bring their electric vehicles (EVs) and take advantage of the chargers powered by a photovoltaic solar canopy. 

    Vendors will have information on different organizations in Nevada that promote electric vehicles. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase. The event is a great opportunity for electric car enthusiasts to check out other vehicles and to give curious people a chance to learn about EVs.

    The attorneys at Lerner and Rowe thank the people at Drive Electric Week for organizing this event. It’s a nice way to promote alternative transportation, which will hopefully lead to cleaner Las Vegas air. If you’re new to EVs then please take the time to learn how they handle. Most EVs feature instant torque, which allows for instant acceleration. The bursts of speed may lead to auto accidents. If you’ve been involved in a car accident involving an EV, please contact Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys at your earliest convenience. Source: Drive Electric Week

    Lyft Art Park Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

    Las Vegas (September 1, 2019) – September marks the one-year anniversary of the Lyft Art Park. Located in the bustling Fremont Street section of Downtown Las Vegas, the Lyft Art Park gives rideshare passengers a safe and interesting place to wait for their drivers. The project started as a popup location for the Life is Beautiful art and music festival. It features art and sculptures from Life is Beautiful, as well as Burning Man.

    The attorneys at Lerner and Rowe applaud Lyft for giving its customers a safe, convenient, and fun place to wait for their rides. While rideshare services like Lyft are a fantastic way to avoid DUI accidents in Las Vegas, they still occur. If you get into an accident using a rideshare service, please contact Lerner and Rowe immediately. Source: Lyft