• Accident Causes

    Strong Winds Can Lead to Major Accidents

    Las Vegas (March 14, 2024) – The National Weather Service (NWS) has forecasted heavy winds throughout Clark County this week, with some areas of Las Vegas expected to be hit with gusts in excess of 50 mph. Heavy winds can lead to car accidents and motorcycle crashes caused by a loss of vehicle control, additional debris on the road, lowered visibility, and unexpected braking.

    The Las Vegas injury lawyers at Lerner and Rowe urge you to avoid driving and riding when the winds are heavy. If you need to drive for essential purposes then do so cautiously. If you need to ride your bike then be sure to wear a helmet and wear proper safety gear. Source: NWS

    Take It Slow in the Ice and Snow

    Mount Charleston (February 5, 2024) – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) reminds residents and visitors to Mount Charleston to take it slow in the ice and snow in order to avoid a car crash. Forecasts have projected February to have the most snowfall of the year in 2024, which could make for hazardous road conditions.

    The Las Vegas injury attorneys at Lerner and Rowe remind you to be sure that your automobile is ready for winter conditions. Taking a few preventative measures can go a long way towards avoiding winter injuries incurred from a car accident. Source: NDOT

    Impaired Driving is the #1 Cause of Crashes

    Statewide (January 17, 2024) – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) claims that impaired driving is the leading cause of motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities in the state. This is especially true in Clark County, with many people coming to Las Vegas to enjoy alcoholic beverages and partake in recreational marijuana. NDOT urges locals and visitors not to drive while intoxicated or high.

    Lerner and Rowe’s Las Vegas car crash lawyers echo NDOT’s advice. Please use a rideshare service, taxi, or designated driver if your plans include alcohol or marijuana. Contact us for immediate assistance should you get injured by an impaired driver. Source: NDOT

    The Vegas Heat Is On

    Las Vegas (June 29, 2023) – Although Las Vegas recently set a new record for the most days under 100°F, consistent triple-digit weather will arrive in the very near future. Unfortunately, that weather increases your chances of heat-related illnesses. Many people and businesses have let their guards down in regards to the heat, which could be catastrophic during triple-digit temperatures.

    Lerner and Rowe reminds you to follow these five heat illness prevention tips this summer. If you’ve suffered heat sickness and believe it was caused by the actions or inactions of a business owner or property then contact us to explore your legal options.

    Distracted Driving Awareness Month

    Statewide (April 3, 2023) – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has reported 53 distracted driving car accident fatalities between 2016 and 2020. Nationally, distracted driving is one of the fastest-growing causes of car accidents. Since April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the staff at Lerner and Rowe offers safety tips to help you avoid distracted driving in Las Vegas.

    Our team hopes that you share the information above with the drivers in your household, family, and friends. The more people that understand the causes of distracted driving and how to avoid them, the safer the streets of Las Vegas will be. Should you get injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, please know that our Las Vegas injury attorneys are available to assist you 24/7. Source: NDOT

    Spring Cleaning Reminder From NDOT

    Las Vegas (March 21, 2023) – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) urges you to use the start of spring to do some spring cleaning for your car. Specifically, the agency reminds you to kick off the season by checking your car’s tire pressure, tread wear, fluid levels, and windshield wiper condition. These simple preventive measures can help you avoid a car accident.

    Lerner and Rowe echoes NDOT’s advice and reminds you to follow our springtime driving tips. Should you get into an accident caused by another party this spring or any time of the year, please know that our staff is available to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Source: NDOT

    CCSD School Year Begins on August 8

    Clark County (August 5, 2022) – The Clark County School District (CCSD) year begins on August 8, 2022. CCSD has 336 schools that serve more than 300,000 students. As motorists get used to sharing the road with hundreds of buses and thousands of students again, the chances of bicycle accidents, bus accidents, and pedestrian accidents are higher.

    Lerner and Rowe urges you to drive cautiously in school zones. Motorists and students alike need to get reacclimated to school year traffic patterns. Please follow these back to school driving safety tips and share them with your friends. The more mindful motorists are of students, the safer everyone will be. Source: CCSD

    I-15 Construction Begins July 28

    Las Vegas (July 26, 2022) – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) reminds Las Vegas residents and visitors that construction will begin on I-15 from July 28 through August 25. The agency will be pouring foundations for 10 new Active Traffic Management (ATM) signs. In addition to HOV lane closures, the increased construction also brings an increase of work zone accidents.

    While the ATM signs are expected to improve traffic flow and decrease accidents, construction zone activity will temporarily increase the chances of an I-15 car accident. Lerner and Rowe urges you to be extremely cautious while driving near and through work zones. If you’re more comfortable taking local roads then consider doing so instead. Source: NDOT

    Man Suspected of Impaired Driving Kills Pedestrian on Walker

    Las Vegas (June 9, 2022) – Luis Gonzalez of Las Vegas was arrested on counts of DUI and failing to stop at the scene of an accident after hitting a pedestrian on a walker on June 7, 2022. The pedestrian accident victim, whose identity has not yet been revealed, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Unfortunately, car accident fatalities caused by impaired drivers are frequent in Nevada. According to the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), there were 129 deaths caused by impaired driving in 2019. Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys reminds you to use a designated driver, rideshare service, or taxi if your plans involve alcohol or drugs. Source: Las Vegas Sun

    Speeding Suspected Cause of Bicyclist Death

    North Las Vegas (May 16, 2022) – A bicyclist in North Las Vegas was struck and killed on Sunday May 15, 2022. The bicycle accident took place at approximately 8:22 a.m. at the intersection of East Dorrell Lane and Bostick Weir Street. North Las Vegas Police officials suspect that speeding led to the accident.

    Speeding is one of several ways that motorists get into car accidents involving bicycle riders. Other common causes include distracted driving and reckless driving. Lerner and Rowe encourages you to learn ways to avoid car accidents and to share this information with drivers in your household. If you’re a biker and have gotten injured by a motorist then contact us for immediate assistance. Source: KLAS

  • Accident Statistics

    64 Motorcycle Fatalities in Clark County

    Clark County (March 5, 2024) – The Nevada Department of Public Safety (NDPS) reported 64 motorcycle accident fatalities in Clark County during 2021. This accounted for 73% of the state’s motorcycle crash deaths that year. However, Clark County has the highest concentration of Nevada residents and millions of tourists visit Las Vegas every year, adding to the number of wrongful deaths via traffic accidents.

    To reduce the number of motorbike crashes in Clark County, our Las Vegas injury lawyers remind you to always wear a helmet while riding and follow these safety tips. If you get into a motorcycle accident in Clark County, please contact us for immediate assistance. Source: NDPS

    Crashes and Fatalities Up Sharply in January

    Clark County (February 7, 2024) – The Nevada Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) released its car accident report for January 2024. Fatal crashes and overall deaths in Clark County were both up 40% from January 2023. The former rose from 18 to 29 car wrecks, while the latter rose from 19 to 32 wrongful deaths.

    The Las Vegas injury lawyers at Lerner and Rowe are saddened to learn that our city is off to a dangerous year. Hopefully the number of car crashes and related deaths decline for the rest of 2024. Should you or someone in your household suffer injuries as a victim in a Clark County automobile collision, then contact us for immediate assistance. Source: OTS

    Nevada Crashes and Fatalities Down in 2023

    Statewide (January 9, 2024) – The Nevada Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) released its final car accident report for 2023. The number of Nevada car accidents and fatal crashes were down from 2022 by 9% and 7%, respectively. Numbers in Clark County, where Las Vegas is located, were slightly higher, with a 1% increase in both car wrecks and fatalities. Washoe County, where Reno is located, had a sharp decrease from 2022, with 16% fewer car crashes and 45% fewer fatalities.

    The Las Vegas injury lawyers at Lerner and Rowe were pleased to see that there were fewer car accidents in Nevada last year. Our team hopes that those numbers will decrease further in 2024. Source: OTS

    Unrestrained Motorist Deaths Up

    Clark County (October 6, 2023) – According to statistics provided by the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), car accident fatalities involving people not wearing seat belts in Clark County are on the rise. The agency reported 32 car crash deaths of people not using seat belts through Q3 2023, compared to 26 over the first 9 months of 2022. This accounts for a rise of 23%.

    The Las Vegas injury lawyers at Lerner and Rowe remind you of the importance of seat belt use. The simple act of using a seat belt greatly reduces your chances of suffering serious injury or wrongful death in the event of a car wreck. Source: NDOT

    May Car Accidents Down Sharply

    Statewide (June 5, 2023) – The latest data from the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) shows a sharp decrease in fatal car accidents and car crash fatalities in May 2023. The agency reported 26 fatal crashes that resulted in 28 deaths. Those numbers are down 28% and 26% from May 2022, respectively.

    The Las Vegas injury lawyers at Lerner and Rowe hope that the trend continues and supports NDOT’s mission to move towards zero fatalities. To help you and your family stay safe on the road during the “100 deadliest days of driving,” please follow these summer driving safety tips. Source: NDOT

    April Fatalities Up 31%

    Statewide (May 3, 2023) – April car accident fatalities spiked this year, according to data provided by the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT). The agency reported 38 car crash deaths in April 2023, compared to 29 in April 2022, for an increase of 31%.

    Clark County, which is the most populous county in Nevada, saw a sharp decrease in April fatalities, while the counties of Carson, Esmerelda, and Humboldt all had sharp year-to-year increases. Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys sends its condolences to those that last family and friends in April car accidents. Source: NDOT

    Traffic Fatalities Down in Q1 2023

    Statewide (April 27, 2023) – The Nevada Department of Transportation has reported traffic accident stats for the first quarter of 2023. The total number of car accident fatalities in Q1 2023 was 69, which is down 19% from Q1 2022. The top causes of traffic deaths this year are speeding and impaired driving.

    The team at Lerner and Rowe is pleased to learn that wrongful deaths caused by traffic accidents are down this year. Hopefully the trend continues throughout 2023. Our staff reminds motorists to drive safely and pay extra attention while driving through areas with heavy bicycle or pedestrian traffic. By working together, we can make Nevada safer for everyone. Source: NDOT

    Fatal Crashes and Fatalities Down in 2023

    Clark County (March 15, 2023) – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) claims that fatal car crashes and the number of car accident deaths in Clark County are down in 2023. Statistics through the two months of the year show approximately 10% fewer fatal crashes and 30% fewer car accident deaths compared to the first two months of 2022.

    Lerner and Rowe is thrilled that there have been fewer fatal car accidents and related fatalities in 2023 thus far. Our staff hopes that this trend continues for the rest of the year and beyond. Whether you’re in Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin, Paradise, Boulder City, or any other part of Clark County, our team wishes you safe travels. Source: NDOT

    Pedestrian Fatality Rates Reach Historic High

    Statewide (February 20, 2023) – The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) claims that pedestrian accident fatalities have reached a historic high rate in 2021. The organization claims a fatality rate of 2.32 deaths per one-billion vehicle miles traveled, which averages to approximately 20 deaths per day. This is the highest fatality rate in four decades.

    Lerner and Rowe urges Las Vegas locals and visitors to learn how they can increase their pedestrian safety. We also urge drivers to be particularly cautious in heavily trafficked crosswalks. By being more mindful of each, we can reverse this terrible trend in pedestrian accident deaths. Source: GHSA

    August Crashes and Fatalities Down Sharply

    Statewide (September 16, 2022) – According to the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), August car accidents and car crash fatalities were down sharply compared to 2021. The agency reported 23 crashes and 25 crash deaths in August 2022, compared to 34 and 38 in August 2021. This year’s numbers are a 32% decrease in motor vehicle accidents and a 34% decrease in automotive fatalities.

    Like many states, Nevada typically has the most car accidents in summer, largely due to an increase in teen drivers that are out of school and tourists unfamiliar with the roads. With that in mind, Lerner and Rowe is thrilled to see accidents and fatalities down, and hopes that the trend continues. Source: NDOT

  • News

    Bicyclist Critically Injured After Hit-and-Run

    Las Vegas (March 12, 2024) – A bicyclist was critically injured in a hit-and-run car accident on Sahara Avenue, west of Lamb Boulevard on the evening of March 11, 2024. The bicycle rider was taken to Sunrise Hospital and is in critical condition. The driver that struck the bicyclist left the scene. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the situation.

    The Las Vegas bicycle accident lawyers at Lerner and Rowe remind bikers to use caution while riding in the evening. Our city, unfortunately, has a high number of drunk drivers and uninsured drivers that may not act responsibly. Contact us for assistance if you were in a crash caused by another party.

    Source: Las Vegas Sun

    2 Killed in High-Speed Motorcycle Crash

    Paradise (February 12, 2024) – Two people were killed in a high-speed motorcycle accident on Sunday, February 11 around 10:30 p.m. Witnesses claim that a Kawasaki Ninja was traveling at high speed when the driver lost control and struck a curb. The driver and the passenger were thrown from the bike. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

    The Las Vegas injury attorneys at Lerner and Rowe send thoughts and prayers to the victims’ families. Our team urges motorbike riders to learn what to do in the event of a motorcycle crash and to call us for immediate assistance.

    Source: 8NewsNow

    3 Dead in 4-Car DUI Crash

    Henderson (January 8, 2024) – A mother and her two children were killed in a DUI car accident on Sunday, January 7. The mother was at a stoplight at the intersection of Lake Mead Parkway and Grand Cadence Drive in Henderson, NV when she was struck from behind by a pickup truck driving at high speeds, causing her to crash into two other vehicles. Henderson Police reported that the pickup truck driver admitted to being impaired after having three glasses of wine and cough syrup before the crash.

    Lerner and Rowe’s Henderson car accident lawyers send thoughts and prayers to the family of the deceased.

    Source: 8News

    Retired Police Chief Killed While Biking

    September 18, 2023 (Las Vegas) – Police have arrested a 17-year-old male and charged him with the murder of retired police chief Andreas Probst. The suspect, unnamed due to his status as a minor, allegedly stole a car as a prank. The passenger recorded video that shows the two joking about hitting Probst, who was on his morning bike ride on August 14. The video shows a driver striking Probst from behind and driving off.

    Probst’s family was alerted to his bicycle crash through his Apple Watch’s fall detection feature. By the time they arrived at the scene, he was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Prosecutors are attempting to try the suspect as an adult after the video of him crashing into Probst circulated on social media.

    Source: Daily Mail

    Hurricane Hilary Could Bring Heavy Rains

    Last Vegas (August 17, 2023) – Tropical Storm Hilary has been upgraded to Hurricane Hillary and is projected to bring heavy rains to Nevada, California, and Arizona. Rain has been forecasted throughout the weekend in Las Vegas, possibly lasting into early this week. The unusually high rainfall increases the likelihood of a Las Vegas car accident.

    Depending on Hurricane Hilary’s trajectory, desert areas in its path could receive more rainfall in days than they typically see in an entire year. Lerner and Rowe advises you to stay home this weekend, if possible. If you must drive, please follow the safety tips discussed in our monsoon season blog. Should you get into a hurricane-related accident, call our Las Vegas injury lawyers for immediate assistance. Source: NWS

    Fire Near 215 and S Buffalo

    Las Vegas (June 21, 2023) – A fire on the 8000 block of West Maule Avenue, near the intersection of 215 and South Buffalo Drive, was declared a total loss by the Clark County Fire Department (CCFD). The fire destroyed three unfinished apartment buildings. Access to exterior water streams was poor, so CCFD let the fire burn in a controlled manner.

    Lerner and Rowe urges you to be cautious while driving around that portion of southwest Las Vegas, as road debris could lead to a car accident. If you were in the area at the time of the fire and believe that you have burn injuries or lung damage caused by the fire then contact us for a free consultation.

    Source: LV Sun

    May is Officially Bike Month in Nevada

    Statewide (May 1, 2023) – Governor Joe Lombardo has signed an official proclamation that recognizes May is “Bike Month.” State officials are encouraging Nevadans to get on the bicycles in order to improve their health, reduce carbon emission, and reduce the number of car accidents.

    The Las Vegas injury lawyers at Lerner and Rowe applaud the state’s efforts to get more people biking. If you’re new to biking in Las Vegas then our team reminds you to follow all traffic rules and safety practices in order to avoid a bicycle accident. Should you get into an accident caused by another party then contact us for immediate assistance. Source: NV.gov

    Man with Suspended License Arrested for DUI Fatality

    Las Vegas (April 5, 2023) – A man driving with a suspended license has been accused of killing a pedestrian on Tuesday April 4, 2023. 32-year old Brandon Kelekolio faces charges of DUI resulting in death and reckless driving for a fatal crash on Las Vegas Boulevard near Caesars Palace. The victim was identified as Gewadin Eliot, 45, of Ontario, Canada. Kelekolio’s license was suspended on Dec. 16, 2022, after a previous DUI arrest.

    Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officials claim that video evidence showed Eliot walking against a do-not-walk signal before he was struck by Kelekolio’s car and thrown into the air. Judge Rebecca Saxe set Kelekolio’s bail at $50,000. Should he post bail, Kelekolio must wear an ankle-monitoring bracelet and stay away from the Las Vegas Strip.

    Source: KLAS

    73-Year-Old Man Dies in Spring Valley Crash

    March 1, 2023 (Spring Valley) – Albert Sell, 73, died from injuries received in a Spring Valley car accident on February 26, 2023. Sell was attempting to make a turn when his vehicle was struck by a speeding pickup truck going 89 mph–more than double the posted speed limit.

    The truck was being driven by 28-year-old Kyle Foster, who suffered substantial injuries. Foster has been charged with two counts of reckless driving resulting in death or substantial bodily harm.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys sends thoughts and prayers to Albert Sell’s family.

    Source: KLAS

    Illegal Street Race End in Car Accident

    Spring Valley (October 19, 2022) – An illegal street race ended in a car accident at the intersection of West Flamingo Road and South Fort Apache Road on October 17, 2022. Seven cars were involved in the crash, which destroyed a bus stop, a fire hydrant, and several light poles. One person was brought to the hospital for injuries.

    Metro Police arrested Joshua Daya on suspicion of reckless driving, participating in a speed contest, and disregard for the safety of a person and property. If you’ve been injured due to someone’s reckless driving then contact a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer from Lerner and Rowe immediately.

    Source: 8NewsNow