Initial data from the Nevada Department of Transportation (“DOT”) shows that traffic-related fatalities in the state have decreased substantially over the past few years. In 2006, 432 deaths were caused by accidents involving motor vehicles. By the close of 2013, the annual figure had dropped to 259 deaths – three less than in 2012.
A comparison of the DOT’s data between 2012 and 2013 is encouraging in some respects, but troublesome in others. For example, alcohol-related deaths declined from 93 in 2012 to 63 in 2013, a decrease of 32%. However, pedestrian deaths increased by 11.86%, motorcycle fatalities increased by 34%, and deaths involving bicycles climbed by an alarming 133% since 2012.
One common cause of motor vehicle accidents and resulting deaths is driver distraction from cell phone use. Since 2012, it has been illegal to talk or text on a handheld cell phone while driving in Nevada. According to the DOT, a driver who uses a cell phone while driving is four times more likely to crash his vehicle, as such use can delay the driver’s reaction time as much as driving while drunk. The DOT also reports that Nevada sees more than 3,500 accidents per year caused by driver distractions, including more than 50 deaths over the last five years.
The DOT credits the public’s education about the dangers of driving under the influence for the reduction of fatalities involving alcohol. The DOT also continues to promote its “Zero Fatalities: Drive Safe Nevada” campaign in an effort to reduce traffic-related fatalities more and more each year, until that number is zero.
Drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians alike should exercise the utmost care and caution at all times to prevent accidents, personal injury, and even death. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries caused by a motor vehicle accident or motorcycle accident, contact an experienced Las Vegas personal injury attorney at Lagomarsino Law today.