• Accident Causes

    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

    84% of Wildfires Caused by People

    Statewide (October 4, 2021) – The Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF) reminds citizens that 84% of wildfires are caused by people. In Nevada, several wildfires have been caused by people shooting on public lands. These fires have caused millions in property damage and hundreds of burn injuries.

    The NDF reminds you to check local regulations before practicing shooting on public land. Additionally, the agency recommends that you avoid shooting into rocks or metal objects and place targets in areas that are free of vegetation. Be sure to always have water, a shovel, and a fire extinguisher ready in case a fire starts. If you’ve been injured in a fire caused by reckless shooters then contact Lerner and Rowe immediately. Source: NDF

    Lane Departure Crashes Are 37.9% of Nevada Automotive Fatalities

    Statewide (September 8, 2021) – According to the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and the Nevada Department of Public Safety (NDPS), lane departure crashes accounted for 37.9% of Nevada car accident fatalities between 2014 and 2018. Lane departure crashes occur when a driver drifts out of their lane and hits an oncoming vehicle or a vehicle in the next lane. Many lane departure accidents happen due to distracted driving.

    Lerner and Rowe reminds you to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the steering wheel. Should your eyes or mind start to feel fatigued, the safest thing to do is pull over for a quick rest. Driving while tired puts you, your passengers, and other motorists at risk. Should you get hurt in a lane departure-related accident, contact us for immediate assistance. Source: NDOT

    NDOT Reminds Drivers to Be School Zone Safe

    Statewide (August 6, 2021) – Summer break is ending soon for thousands of students across Nevada. With that in mind, the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) reminds motorists to exercise caution around school zones. Back to school safety includes never speeding, passing, or executing U-turns while in a school zone.

    As drivers get used to being around students and students get reacclimated to going to school, the chances of a car accident or pedestrian accident are higher. Lerner and Rowe urges you to drive safely to enhance child pedestrian safety and to educate the teen drivers in your household so that they can reach school safely. Source: NDOT

    NDOT Launches “Save Yourself” Campaign

    Statewide (July 2, 2021) – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has launched a campaign called “Save Yourself” that encourages citizens to take personal responsibility for drunk driving. Nevada has changed its approach to drunk driving by eliminating DUI checkpoints and enhancing its DUI Strikeforce operation. The DUI Strikeforce, which made its 3,000th arrest earlier this year, has proven to be more effective than DUI checkpoints.

    Lerner and Rowe applauds NDOT’s efforts to reduce drunk driving car accidents. Programs like the “Save Yourself” campaign and DUI Strikeforce help make Las Vegas roads safer for everyone. However, accidents still happen–especially over holiday weekends like Fourth of July–so if you’ve been hit by a drunk driver then contact us immediately. Source: NDOT

    Wildfire on State Route 160

    Las Vegas (June 16, 2021) – A wildfire on State Route 160 has been 40% contained, according to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The fire started on June 10 in Cottonwood Valley and grew to 400 acres. The BLM suspects that the fire was caused by humans and not a natural occurrence.

    Wildfire season in southern Nevada starts in June and typically lasts through the summer, when temperatures are high and humidity is low. Lerner and Rowe urges you to be careful when engaging in outdoor activities during wildfire season. Sudden fires could result in burn injuries, lung damage, and other personal injuries. If you’ve been injured because of a wildfire that was caused by the negligence or recklessness of another party, contact us at once to learn more about your legal options. Source: BLM

    Impairment and Speeding the Leading Causes of Fatalities

    Statewide (May 13, 2021) – Fatal car accidents are up sharply in 2021, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT). In addition to there being more drivers on the road as pandemic restrictions ease, the agency claims that the leading causes of fatal car crashes in Nevada are impairment and speeding. Instances of excessive speeding have gone up nationally since the pandemic started last year.

    Lerner and Rowe’s car accident lawyers remind you to obey all traffic laws and to never operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Doing so puts you and your fellow motorists in danger and, in the case of impaired driving, can have serious legal ramifications. Please follow posted speed limits and drive with a clear mind. Source: NDOT

  • Accident Statistics

    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

    Nevada Traffic Fatalities Below National Average

    Statewide (August 17, 2022) – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that Nevada traffic accident fatalities are up 1.2% in Q1 2022 compared to Q1 2021. In that same time period, national traffic deaths were up 7% and regional figures remained the same. Nevada is part of NHTSA Region 8, which also includes Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

    Although Nevada’s car accident deaths are up slightly, there were more cars on the road in Q1 2022 compared to Q1 2021, due to people limiting their activity because of COVID-19. That said, Lerner and Rowe urges you to drive cautiously to keep yourself and your fellow motorists safe. Please be especially careful around school zones and work zones, which have higher instances of accidents. Source: NHTSA

    Nevada Fatal Crashes and Deaths Up in 2022

    Statewide (July 14, 2022) – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has released fatal car accident statistics for the first half of 2022. The number of fatal car crashes and overall car accident fatalities is up year-over-year, with the former increasing by 1.19% and the latter by 1.63%.

    In Clark County, where the majority of Nevadans reside, fatal car accidents have increased by 10.89% and fatalities have increased 18.52% compared to the first six months of 2021. While skyrocketing gasoline prices have some people spending less time on the road, there have been more overall drivers–particularly tourists–in 2022 than 2021 since COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. Source: NDOT

    Clark County Fatalities Up in 2022

    Clark County (June 16, 2022) – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has reported 103 car accident fatalities through the first five months of 2022. This is nearly a 16% increase from the same time period in 2021. Although car crash fatalities are slightly down throughout the state, Clark County’s numbers are unfortunately rising.

    The two most common causes of Nevada car accidents are impaired driving and speeding. Another factor to keep in mind is that Las Vegas tourism is getting back to pre-pandemic levels. After a record-setting 42.5 million visitors in 2019, tourists dropped to 19 million in 2020 due to COVID-19 before bouncing back in 2021 with more than 32 million. Understandably, more tourists increases the potential for Las Vegas car accidents. Source: NDOT

    Accident Fatalities Down in 2022

    Statewide (May 10, 2022) – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has reported 99 accident fatalities through the first four months of 2022. That figure is 12% lower than the number of accident deaths through the first four months of 2021. Among the 99 fatalities this year were 30 pedestrians and 21 motorists that were not using seat belts.

    Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys is happy to see that there have been fewer accident deaths in 2022. However, our team would like to remind you that many traffic accidents, particularly car accidents, are preventable. Please drive safely and follow all traffic laws for your safety, as well as the safety of other Las Vegas motorists and pedestrians. Source: NDOT

    Car Crashes and Fatalities Up in 2021

    Statewide (January 7, 2022) – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has posted its final stats for fatal car accidents and total automotive fatalities in 2021. Both fatal car crashes and total car crash deaths were up from 2020. Fatal car crashes increased by 19%, rising from 300 in 2020 to 357 in 2021. Total car accident deaths rose 17.9%, increasing from 324 to 382.

    While an increase in fatal accidents is never good, it’s important to keep in mind that there were more drivers on the road in 2021 than in 2020. Many people restricted travel in 2020 due to initial COVID-19 restrictions, while Nevada was open for all of 2021. Source: NDOT

    Fatalities and Fatal Crashes Up

    Statewide (October 15, 2021) – The latest data from the Nevada Department of Transportation shows both fatal crashes and total car accident fatalities in the first three quarters of 2021 are up 27% compared to the same time period in 2020. Although both numbers are up in Clark County as well, they are slightly below the state average, with fatal crashes up just over 25% and total fatalities up just below 25%.

    Motorcycle accident fatalities are up sharply year over year, with a 54% increase in motorcycle crash fatalities through the first nine months of 2021 compared to the same time period in 2020. Although an increase in car and motorcycle accidents was expected this year since COVID-19 restrictions have been eased, both increases are high. Source: NDOT

    Motorcycle Fatalities Up in 2021

    Clark County (September 16, 2021) – Motorcycle accident fatalities are up sharply in 2021, according to the latest figures released by the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT). The agency reported 31 fatal motorcycle deaths in the first eight months of 2021, compared to 20 during the same time period in 2021 for an increase of 55%.

    Lerner and Rowe reminds all bikers to ride safely and follow all traffic laws. While Clark County is blessed with some fantastic bike rides, accidents do happen. Follow these motorcycle safety tips to help you avoid accidents. Should you get into a motorcycle crash in Las Vegas, contact us for immediate assistance. Source: NDOT

    Motorcycle Fatalities Up Sharply

    Clark County (August 19, 2021) – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has reported that Clark County motorcycle accident fatalities are up sharply in 2021. The agency reported 17 motorcycle deaths in Clark County in the first seven months of 2020. From January to July 2021, there were 23 motorcycle accident deaths, which represents a 35% increase.

    2020 accident and fatality numbers were generally lower than the year before due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There were fewer motorists and pedestrians, so the potential for accidents was lower. With more people on the road and more tourists visiting Las Vegas in 2021, Clark county car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents are expected to rise. Source: NDOT

    Car Accidents and Fatalities Up in 2021

    Statewide (July 21, 2021) – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has posted its State Fatality Report for the first half of 2021. Car accidents have increased by 28% and car crash fatalities have increased by 32% compared to the first six months of 2020. The increases in accidents and crash fatalities in Clark County were 36% and 38%, respectively. Keep in mind that there were fewer drivers on the road in the first half of 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

    Lerner and Rowe urges you to exercise caution as more drivers are on the road. Please follow our tips on how to avoid a Las Vegas summer car accident and make sure that all the drivers in your household are familiar with the dangers of distracted driving. Hurt in a wreck? Our team is available to help you 24/7 in the event of a car accident. Source: NDOT

  • News

    Ryan Fellows of Street Outlaws Dies in Race

    Moapa (August 9, 2022) – Ryan Fellows, one of the stars of Street Outlaws: Fastest in America on Discovery Channel, died in a car race in Moapa on Sunday August 7, 2022. The race took place 30 miles outside of Las Vegas, near the Harry Allen Generating Station. Witnesses claim that Fellows’ Nissan 240z lost control, rolled, and caught fire near the finish line.

    The car accident is currently under investigation by Metro Police and the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Warner Bros. Discovery issued a statement that read, “The Street Outlaws family is heartbroken by the accident that led to the tragic death of Ryan Fellows. We extend our deepest sympathy to Ryan’s loved ones as they process this sudden and devastating loss.”

    Source: LV Sun

    Flash Floods Hit Vegas

    Las Vegas (July 28, 2022) – The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued flood warnings this week due to heavy rains brought about by monsoon season. The downpour has led to several flash floods and street closures. Additionally, NV Energy reported that more than 10,000 Las Vegas homes were left without power due to the storms.

    Lerner and Rowe reminds you to exercise caution while driving during a Las Vegas monsoon. If possible, delay your trip until after the rain has stopped. If you’ve gotten into a car accident during monsoon season that was caused by another party’s negligence then contact us for immediate assistance. Source: NWS

    Three NDOT Workers Hit While Working Roadside

    Carson City (June 27, 2022) – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has issued a statement on a truck accident that saw three NDOT workers struck by a vehicle on June 7, 2022. The agency stated that, “Two of the NDOT staff members were reviewing work plans on the roadway shoulder when struck. Another team member was struck while inside a work vehicle.”

    Lerner and Rowe reminds you that work zone accidents are more common in the summer due to increased construction activity, including surveying. As such, you and the other drivers in your household need to slow down and drive cautiously when driving through work zones in order to avoid a car accident. Source: NDOT

    Parents Play a Crucial Role in Youth Traffic Safety

    Statewide (May 24, 2022) – As Youth Traffic Safety Month comes to a close, the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) reminds parents that they play a crucial role in how their kids drive. The agency asks parents to set a good example for their teen drivers by driving safely and following the rules of the road.

    Lerner and Rowe applauds NDOT’s efforts and asks our friends to share these teen driving safety tips with the young drivers in their lives. Remember, teen drivers do not have the experience and skill that comes with years of driving. Furthermore, their minds are impressionable, so teaching them good habits now will help them avoid car accidents for decades to come. Source: NDOT

    Free COVID-19 Tests at COVIDtests.Gov

    Statewide (January 17, 2022) – United States residents can sign up for free COVID-19 tests starting on January 19, 2022. People interested in free at-home tests are encouraged to sign up at COVIDtests.gov. The tests are completely free and shipping costs are covered. The government notes that credit card information isn’t necessary to receive the free tests.

    In other COVID-19 news, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has altered its mask recommendations. The agency notes that N95 and KN95 masks offer superior protection than surgical masks, which are still better than cloth masks. Regardless of mask type, the CDC emphasizes achieving a snug seal to maximize protection. Source: COVIDtests.gov

    Clark County Commission Approves Boring Company Plan

    Las Vegas (October 21, 2021) – The Clark County Commission approved a plan with Elon Musk’s The Boring Company for a network of tunnels that will connect downtown Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Strip, Allegiant Stadium, and UNLV. The network would use dozens of Tesla electric vehicles to transport people from stop to stop. The tunnels have the potential to lower traffic, carbon emissions, and car accidents in Las Vegas.

    The Boring Company’s Tesla in Tunnels projects will supplant the Las Vegas Monorail, which went bankrupt in 2020 and was purchased by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The Clark County Commission and The Boring Company are tentatively planning to extend the network to McCarran Airport, but heavy pushback from the taxi union is expected.

    Source: Clark County

    Eastern Avenue Construction Begins October 3

    Las Vegas (September 29, 2021) – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has announced that bridge demolition on Eastern Avenue under U.S. 95 will begin on October 3, 2021 at 10:00 p.m. and is scheduled to last until October 13, 2021 at 10:00 p.m. Motorists are advised to be cautious while traffic patterns are disrupted in order to avoid car accidents and work zone accidents.

    To prepare for construction, the Southbound I-515 onramp from Las Vegas Boulevard and the southbound I-515 offramp to Eastern Avenue will be closed on September 29, 2021 from 9:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. the following day. Additionally, the southbound I-515 between Interstate 15 and Eastern Avenue will be reduced to one lane on September 29, 2021. On October 1, 2021 from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. there will be a one-lane reduction on southbound Eastern Avenue under I-515. Source: NDOT

    Truck Accidents Shuts Down U.S. 95

    Las Vegas (August 23, 2021) – A truck accident involving two semi-trailers shut down a portion of northbound U.S. 95 last Tuesday. It took 30 minutes for firefighters to extricate the driver that required hospitalization. The driver of the other truck did not suffer significant injuries.

    The crash occurred just before 9:00 a.m., causing major delays between Las Vegas and Henderson until approximately 1:30 p.m. Additional delays were caused by a fuel leak and thousands of decorative rocks spilled onto the freeway. Traffic had to be diverted to nearby Boulder Highway.

    Source: AP

    Las Vegas Mask Mandate Starts July 30

    Statewide (July 27, 2021) – Governor Steve Sisolak has reinstated mask requirements for indoor venues as COVID-19 surges throughout Nevada. The directive follows the recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Starting July 30, 2021, people will be required to wear masks in indoor venues in all but five Nevada counties, regardless of vaccination status.

    The CDC’s guidance applies to areas that are classified as substantial or high transmission areas. Most Nevada counties fall under this classification. The exceptions are Eureka, Humboldt, and Lander counties, which are considered moderate, as well as Pershing and Storey counties which are currently low transmission. Las Vegas is part of Clark County, which has the highest concentration of COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths in Nevada. Source: NV.gov

    Halo Announces Driverless Rideshare Service

    Las Vegas (July 8, 2021) – Halo has announced that it will offer driverless rideshare service within the “urban parts of the Las Vegas Valley” later this year. The cars will be remote controlled through T-Mobile’s network. Halo works differently from competitors Lyft and Motional, which have tested driverless rideshare in Las Vegas, in that customers drive the car once it arrives to them. Once the customer gets to their destination, the Halo car is driven to its next customer by a combination of remote control and self-driving technology.

    Lerner and Rowe is excited that this technology is coming to our city and people will have more transportation options. However, new car technology can lead to new types of car accidents. Should you get injured in a Las Vegas rideshare accident, our team is available to help you 24/7. Source: Businesswire