• Accident Causes

    NDOT Installing Additional Wind Warning Signs

    North Valleys (October 23, 2020) – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has announced that it will be installing six additional wind warning signs in North Valleys, NV. The signs will be positioned on U.S. 395 between Lemmon Drive and Village Parkway. Winds in Nevada can exceed 50 mph, leading to car accidents and motorcycle accidents.

    Lerner and Rowe reminds you to exercise caution while driving during heavy winds. The conditions make it easy to lose control of your vehicle. Additionally, large road debris becomes more frequent during windstorms. Please note that our team is available 24/7 if you or a loved one are injured in an accident caused by heavy winds. Source: NDOT

    Increased Work Zones Mean Increased Accidents

    Las Vegas (September 30, 2020) – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDoT) has announced that Interstate 15 (I-15) will be undergoing nightly construction throughout the week. Expect nighttime lane, ramp, and shoulder closures on the city’s busiest freeway. The agency urges drivers to use caution while travelling through the work zone, heed construction signage, and take alternate detour routes, if possible.

    Lerner and Rowe encourages you to heed NDoT’s advice. Work zones often lead to an increase in car accidents. This is due to familiar roads suddenly changing shape, extra debris on the road, fewer lanes leading to increased traffic, and other factors. If you or a loved one get into a work zone accident, our team is available 24/7 to assist you. Source: NDoT

    Two 17-Year-Old Girls Killed by Suspected Drunk Driver

    Last Vegas (August 7, 2020) – Two 17-year-old girls were killed by a 38-year-old driver while walking on a crosswalk. The driver, arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence, veered off the street and hit a sign before killing the two girls. After the girls were struck, the driver ended up hitting a traffic signal pole and a tree before finally coming to a halt.

    Lerner and Rowe sends its sympathies to the family of the two young women. Sadly, pedestrian accidents are on the rise in Nevada. In addition to drunk drivers, pedestrians are in danger from distracted drivers and large sports utility vehicles (SUVs). Our team would like to remind you to never get behind the wheel if you’re drinking and to seek out alternative transportation. Source: Associated Press

    Rising Temperatures Lead to More Accidents

    Statewide (July 6, 2020) – Summer has arrived in Nevada in full force, with temperatures regularly exceeding 100F. While many people associate summertime with fun-filled road trips, it’s also one of the most dangerous times to drive. Data shows that August in particular has more motor vehicle accidents than usual.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys hopes that you and your family have a safe and enjoyable summer. Please check your car’s tires and fluid levels before embarking on a long drive. Making sure that your car is ready for the summer heat and avoiding distracted driving will help you and your loved ones avoid a car accident. Should you get into a summer car accident, please contact us for immediate assistance. Source: Nationwide

    Las Vegas Monsoon Season is Here

    Statewide (June 15, 2020) – Nevada monsoon season takes place every year from June to September. During this season, there are many hazardous conditions that could lead to car, truck, and motorcycle accidents. These conditions include thunderstorms, dust storms, flash floods, downburst winds, wildfires, and slick roads. Accidents can also occur due to heavy debris caused by a monsoon.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys reminds you to use caution, should you get caught in a monsoon. Reduce your speed accordingly and pull over if necessary. Should you and your family get into an accident because of a monsoon or the resulting road conditions, contact us for immediate assistance.

    California Man Causes Fatal Hit-and-Run

    Las Vegas (May 28, 2020) – Police have arrested a 19-year old California man for DUI resulting in death, failure to stop at the scene of an accident, possession of a gun by a prohibited person, and possession of stolen property. The drunk driver caused a fatal pedestrian accident. The victim was initially hit by the driver who was arrested and was then run over by a second car. The Las Vegas Police Department are still looking for the second driver.

    Drunk driving in Nevada has serious consequences, especially when they result in a hit-and-run fatality. Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys hope that you and your family drive responsibly. Should you or a loved one be a victim of a drunk driver, please contact us for immediate assistance. Source: Las Vegas Sun

    Distracted Driving and SUV Use Lead to Pedestrian Accident Increase

    Statewide (April 8, 2020) – Pedestrian accidents are on the rise in Las Vegas. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) cited the increased use of sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and distracted driving as two of the reasons for the increase. The larger size and weight of SUVs increase the severity of accidents, sometimes leading to fatalities, while increased mobile phone use has led to an uptick in distracted driving.

    The attorneys at Lerner and Rowe hope that Las Vegas drivers will do everything possible to keep pedestrians safe. Pedestrian accidents caused by distracted driving are a significant problem that’s easily preventable. Please avoid using your phone while driving or use voice assistants so that you can pay close attention to your surroundings. Being a mindful driver will keep the streets safer for everyone. Source: GHSA

    Vegas Pool Season Begins

    Las Vegas (March 9, 2020) – Many Las Vegas hotels will open their pools in March. With some of the most decadent and ornate swimming pools in the country, this is wonderful news for tourists. However, swimming pools also increase the chance of a swimming pool injury. Wet pavement, uneven surfaces, spilled beverages, and more can lead to a serious accident in or around a swimming pool.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys hopes that you and your family follow these Las Vegas tourist safety tips. If you or a loved one have suffered a swimming pool injury, please contact us for immediate assistance. Our compassionate staff and proficient attorneys will take care of your legal needs and win you the compensation that you deserve.

    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

  • Accident Statistics

    Traffic Fatalities Up 4%

    Statewide (October 6, 2020) – According to the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDoT), there have been 189 traffic fatalities in the first 9 months of 2020. The figure represents a 4% year-over-year increase from 2019. The agency cited impairment and speeding as the leading causes of traffic deaths in 2020.

    Lerner and Rowe reminds you to never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and to always obey posted speed limits. These failures greatly increase your chance of getting into a car accident. Should you or a loved one suffer an injury because of an impaired or speeding drive, our team is available 24/7 to assist you. Source: NDoT

    Motorcycle Riders 28 Times More Likely to Die

    Statewide (September 4, 2020) – According to the Nevada Department of Public Safety (NDPS) motorcycle riders are 28 times more likely to die in a crash than car drivers. The agency also reported that the males between the ages of 26 and 25 were involved in more Nevada motorcycle accidents than any other group.

    While Nevada is a fantastic state for motorcycle rides thanks to its sweeping views and open roads, Lerner and Rowe encourages you to drive safely and responsibly. Please follow our Las Vegas motorcycle safety tips to help ensure a smooth and incident-free ride. Please contact us immediately if you or someone you’re riding with is involved in a motorcycle crash. Source: NDPS

    Car Crash Fatalities Rise Sharply

    Statewide (August 1, 2020) – Nevada had a sharp decrease in car accident fatalities in May 2020, down more than 48% from May 2019. However, this was partially due to drastically less traffic as people sheltered in place for COVID-19. Unfortunately, June 2020 saw a sharp increase in fatalities, up 37% from the previous year.

    As more businesses open up, more people are driving. Some drivers haven’t been behind the wheel consistently in weeks or months. Their reaction times are off and their normally safe driving styles haven’t been practiced. If you’ve gotten into a Las Vegas car accident as Nevada eases into the new normal, Lerner and Rowe is available 24/7 to assist you. Souce: Nevada Department of Public Safety

    Speeding Up During COVID-19 Pandemic

    Statewide (July 24, 2020) – The Nevada Highway Patrol has observed increased instances of speeding during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency reported 196 drivers cited for speeding between February and May, compared to 223 drivers cited during the same time frame last year. While those numbers are close, there was 70% less traffic in 2020 due to the pandemic, which means a much higher percentage of drivers breaking the speed limit.

    Lerner and Rowe reminds you to obey all posted speed limits to lower your chances of a car accident. On highways and freeways, use cruise control to stay at a legal speed. Should you get into a car accident because of a speeding driver, please contact us for immediate assistance. Source: NDPST

    12 Motorcycle Fatalities in 2020

    Statewide (June 29, 2020) – According to the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), there have been 12 motorcycle crash fatalities in the first five months of 2020. The agency also claims that motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a crash than automobile drivers. While bikes are a fun and economical way to travel in Las Vegas, it’s important to follow proper safety measures in order to avoid a motorcycle accident.

    Lerner and Rowe urges you to follow these Las Vegas motorcycle safety guidelines. Following these tips, observing posted speed limits, and obeying all traffic laws will increase your safety and help you avoid accidents. Should you get into a motorcycle crash, our attorneys are available to assist you 24/7. Source: OTS

    Fatal Car Crashes Down in Q1 2020

    Statewide (May 15, 2020) – Fatal car accidents were slightly down year-over-year in the first quarter of 2020, according to the Nevada Department of Public Safety (DPS). The agency reported 63 fatal car crashes in the first three months of 2019 and 59 in the first three months of 2020. However, accidents were up in the first two months of the year and there were fewer drivers on the road in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    As Las Vegas loosens COVID-19 restrictions, more drivers will be on the road. Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys hopes that the number of fatalities will decrease going forward, instead of following the upward trend of the first two months of 2020. However, if you or a loved one suffer injuries because of a car accident, contact us for immediate help. Source: DPS

    20% of Drivers Admit to Running Red Lights

    Statewide (April 30, 2020) – According to the Nevada Departments of Public Safety and Transportation (NDPST), 1 out of every 5 drivers admits to running a red light in the last 10 intersections they’ve passed. Running red lights happens for a variety of reasons–distracted driving, aggressive or reckless driving, drowsy driving, and more. No matter the reason, running red lights poses a risk to the guilty driver, their fellow motorists, and pedestrians.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys reminds you to follow all traffic laws. Doing so increases your safety, as well as that of your passengers and fellow drivers. Furthermore, safely stopping at red lights lowers your chances of a car accident. Should you get into an accident because of someone running a red light, please contact us for immediate assistance. Source: NDPST

    Nevada Pedestrian Fatalities on the Rise

    Statewide (March 2, 2020) – The Governors Highway Safety Association  (GHSA) has posted its preliminary statistics on 2019 pedestrian fatalities. It reported 42 pedestrian accident deaths in Nevada, a 31% increase from 2018. Nationally, pedestrian deaths reached the highest level since 1988, with 6,590 fatalities in 2019.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys is alarmed by the increase in pedestrian deaths. We sincerely hope that you do everything in your power to avoid pedestrian accidents. However, if you or a family member have been injured while walking, please contact us for immediate assistance. Our team of compassionate professionals and skilled lawyers will do everything possible to win you maximum compensation. Source: GHSA

    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

  • News

    Beware of COVID-19 Phishing Scams

    Statewide (September 11, 2020) – A new coronavirus phishing scam has been circulating online, with identity thieves claiming that people have been fined $59 for quarantine violations. The latest COVID-19 scam uses a “gov.us” domain in text, but links to a website that tries to extract personal information.

    Lerner and Rowe reminds you that US government websites end in “.gov”. Anyone can register a “.us” domain. While it’s important to keep track of your mental and physical well being during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s also important to guard against immoral people taking advantage of this terrible situation. Please share this information so that your family and friends do not become identity theft victims. Source: The Verge

    Three Dead in I-15 Accident

    Las Vegas (August 14, 2020) – Two adults and one child were killed in a car accident after their vehicle struck a pickup truck on Interstate 15. The Nevada Highway Patrol said that the driver made an abrupt lane change and hit a roadside cushion before striking the truck. The truck passengers were able to get out of their car before it caught fire.

    Lerner and Rowe sends its sympathies to the family of the victims. Our team reminds you to drive safely on Las Vegas freeways, particularly during the summer when there are normally more car accidents. Source: Associated Press

    Alleged Drunk Driving Crash Leads to Infant Death

    Las Vegas (July 17, 2020) – Lauren Loanna Prescia has been accused of driving under the influence (DUI), reaching speeds in excess of 120 mph. Prescia caused a crash that killed her one-year-old son and injured another driver. She has been arrested on felony charges of DUI causing death, reckless driving, and child abuse or neglect. Her hearing is set for July 20, 2020.

    The police report claims that Prescia was racing her son’s father after saying she was “going to beat him home.” Her reckless and thoughtless behavior has resulted in the death of a child. There are, unfortunately, drivers that do not consider the safety of their passengers and other drivers. At Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys, we empathize with this family’s loss because of this reckless act. If you’ve been injured in a car accident due to such a driver, please contact us for immediate assistance. Source: AP

    Improperly Disposed Fireworks Leads to $25K Fire

    Las Vegas (June 25, 2020) – The Associated Press (AP) reported that a $25,000 residential fire was caused by improperly disposed fireworks. Spent fireworks can remain hot and combustible hours after they’ve been used. Additionally, fireworks are illegal in Las Vegas, except for “safe and sane” fireworks, which may be used from June 28 to July 4. Improper use or disposal of fireworks could lead to a serious burn injury.

    With the Fourth of July approaching, Lerner and Rowe would like to remind you to use fireworks legally and safely. If you or a family member have suffered an injury caused by another’s negligent firework use, our team of skilled and compassionate personal injury lawyers may be able to assist. Source: AP

    Las Vegas Businesses Reopening

    Statewide (May 8, 2020) – Governor Steve Sisolak announced phase one of the COVID-19 “Roadmap to Recovery for Nevada.” A limited number of businesses will be allowed to reopen on May 9, 2020. These businesses include nail salons, hair salons, barber shops, restaurants, and more. However, additional safety precautions and service limits will be required.

    While many Nevadans are thrilled that the state’s economy is being restarted, Lerner and Rowe would like to remind you to use caution as we ease into the new normal. With more people going to and from businesses, the chances of a car, bicycle, or pedestrian accident increases. Should you or a loved one suffer a personal injury due to negligence, please contact us for immediate assistance. Source: NV.gov

    License and Registration Expirations Extended

    Statewide (April 21, 2020) – The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMVNV) has announced a 90-day extension for expiring driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations, and other documents due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The extension applies to documents with an expiration date of March 16, 2020 through the end of Governor Steve Sisolak’s state of emergency. Drivers are instructed to print this letter and keep it in their vehicle, should they need to show documentation to law enforcement.

    Lerner and Rowe hopes that everyone is staying healthy and safe during the coronavirus outbreak. Although there are fewer cars on the roads due to stay-at-home orders, many people are on edge when they drive for essential trips. Should you or a loved one get into a car accident, please contact us for immediate assistance. Source: DMVNV

    NDoT Essential Services Continue, Business Services Conducted Online

    Statewide (March 19, 2020) – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDoT) has announced that essential services will continue throughout the statewide shutdown caused by COVID-19. These services include highway maintenance, snow removal, and road repair. Business services will be conducted online. These services include contract services, agreements, vehicle permitting, state map purchases, public records requests, and Americans with Disabilities Act reporting.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys hopes that you and your family stay healthy and well during this turbulent time. If you have any questions about how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting your community, please consult our Las Vegas COVID-19 safety tips blog. Source: NDoT

    Distracted Driving Leads to Fatal Tesla Crash

    Sparks (March 1, 2020) – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found Tesla and Apple partially responsible for a fatal crash of a Model X using Autopilot in 2018 in Silicon Valley. However, the driver of the Model X was primarily responsible for the crash. The car’s records showed that he ignored warnings to place his hands on the steering wheel, while his phone records indicated that he was playing a game at the time of the crash. Tesla cars are manufactured in Sparks, NV.

    While technology like Tesla Autopilot works well, it still has limitations and requires driver attention. Even with self-driving technology, distracted driving can have deadly consequences, as this situation showed. If you or a loved one have been in an accident because of a distracted driver, Lerner and Rowe can help. Source: Reuters

    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