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Walk This Way

Pedestrians walk past a "Look!" sign on the crosswalk at the intersection of 42nd St. and 2nd Ave. in New York, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Crossing the street in New York City is complicated: Even when it's one-way, you should look both ways, and stop texting for a few seconds. That’s what city transportation officials tell pedestrians who often miss getting hit in the chaotic every-which-way-including-loose mill of vehicles, bicycles, scooters and sometimes, carriage horses. They’re making their point visible with “LOOK!” signs stenciled at 110 of the most dangerous intersections in the city’s five boroughs. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
As a nation we are facing an epidemic, pedestrian fatalities. Every  day in America there is an accident involving a driver and a pedestrian, some of them resulting in a fatality. Walking, sitting at a bus stop, riding your bike, or even just standing in a public place puts you at risk for being involved in an accident.

According to the article below, this is a national problem:

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A recent decision from the United States District Court for the District of Nevada held that a car insurance policy’s definition of “bodily injury” included emotional injuries and could thus be applied to emotional distress claims.

In Brewington v. State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Co., the plaintiff filed a complaint against State Farm for breach of contract, arguing that State Farm breached its insurance policy by denying her coverage for her negligent infliction of emotional distress claim. State Farm argued that it did not breach the insurance policy because emotional distress does not qualify as a “bodily injury” and did not arise “in the accident” as required under the policy.
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According to an article from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, fatal car crashes in Southern Nevada have dropped significantly during the first half of 2014. Last month, Lt. Dave Jacoby said during a Southern Nevada Traffic Safety Committee meeting that fatal vehicle crashes have dropped by nearly 20% as compared with the same point in 2013. Additionally, drunken driving arrests have fallen by about 25%, and fatal car accidents involving drunken drivers have decreased to just eleven alcohol-related fatalities, as compared with fifteen in 2013.

As reported in a study done by the Nevada Strategic Highway Safety Plan, 363 people lost their lives and 816 were seriously injured in impaired-driving crashes on Nevada roadways between 2008 and 2012. Male drivers aged 26 to 35 were involved in most impaired driving fatalities and serious injuries, followed by young male drivers aged 21 to 25. The highest proportion of impaired driving fatalities and serious injuries occurred during weekends. The study also found that 69% of fatalities and 83% of serious injuries occurred on urban roadways as opposed to rural ones.
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According to information from various reports by the Las Vegas Sun, several traffic accidents have plagued Las Vegas in February, some resulting in serious injuries or death to drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

For example, the Las Vegas Sun reported that on February 8 and 9, three people were killed in separate car accidents. On the 8th, 39-year-old Norman Beavers was killed when he was struck by a vehicle while walking in the crosswalk on Las Vegas Boulevard. The police located the hit-and-run driver and arrested him in connection with Beaver’s death. On that same day, 21-year-old Trenton Cain Gleaton died when his motorcycle crashed into a light pole on Oakey Boulevard, causing the motorcycle to catch fire and engulf Gleaton in flames. On the 9th, 42-year-old Nneka S. Geter-Easterling was involved in a three-vehicle collision at an intersection on Tropical Parkway. She was killed when a pickup truck crashed into her vehicle, causing it to spin and hit another vehicle. The accident also caused Geter-Easterling’s two teenage passengers to suffer severe injuries.
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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.
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Many motorcycle riders love it- the feeling of riding down the open road, especially without a helmet. However, the dangers that come along with that feeling are all too real. Deaths related to motorcycle accidents are most often due to brain injury. In fact, motorcyclists who are involved in a serious accident without a helmet are 85% more likely to have a traumatic brain injury than their helmet-wearing counterparts.

Being aware of these risks is important for all motorcycle riders. Between 2001 and 2008 there were over 34,000 motorcyclists killed, and approximately 1.2 million riders suffered from serious injuries. Of the 300,000 brain injuries that lead to hospitalizations in the United States each year, about half are due to motorcycle accidents. The death rate from motorcycle accidents has increased by over 50% over the past ten years, and 22% of these accidents involve head and/or neck injuries.

Traumatic brain injuries results in over 50,000 deaths each year, and are one of the leading causes of death among young adults. There are also thousands of people each year who are disabled for life due to brain and spinal cord injuries. These types of injuries are often impossible to heal from, and those who suffer from said injuries require long term care and therapy.

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A 43-year-old Metro police officer on a motorcycle was recently injured in a crash with a car near Maryland Parkway and Katie Avenue. He was transported to University Medical Center for treatment after being knocked off the motorcycle and skidding 60 feet. According to the Las Vegas Sun, evidence indicates that a 2009 Ford Fusion, driven by 19-year-old Savannah Hooks, turned in front of the motorcycle without seeing it, causing the accident. Hooks was not injured.

The Las Vegas Sun: Police motorcycle officer escapes serious injury in crash

Motorcycle accidents affect hundreds of thousands of individuals every year. Often they result in serious injuries and death because there is virtually nothing to protect the driver of a motorcycle. These kinds of accidents can happen to anyone, even police officers who are trained to use motorcycles. The officer in this case was extremely lucky to escape devastating injuries because many do not fare so well.

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On October 19, 2010, a motorcyclist died when his motorcycle rear-ended an SUV on I-15 near Craig Road. The man’s name has not been released yet, but a state trooper told the Las Vegas Sun that he was taken to University Medical Center and died about an hour later.

Statistics show that motorcyclists are far more likely than occupants of passenger vehicles to be injured or die. Motorcyclists’ bodies have almost no protection, and when there is an accident, catastrophe results. Additionally, being rear-ended by any vehicle, even a motorcycle, often causes devastating injuries.

The Las Vegas Sun: Motorcyclist dies in collision on I-15 near Craig Road
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On Saturday, October 3, 2010, a man was left seriously injured after crashing into a car that turned in front of his motorcycle. Abel Worku, 22 years old, of Las Vegas, was rushed to University Medical Center for treatment of his critical injuries following the collision. According to witness statements and evidence on scene, a 2008 Toyota Corolla, driven by a 17 year old man, turned left onto West Anasazi Drive. The car turned in front of a 2008 Yamaha motorcycle, which was headed south on Town Center Drive in the center lane.
The motorcycle collided into the right side of the car, at the intersection of the two streets. Police have not released the name of the young male driver, who was not injured in the collision. According to police, the incident is under investigation by the Las Vegas Metro Police Accident Investigation Section.
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The drivers of three motorcycles were taken to the hospital Sunday, September 19 after an accident on Interstate 15 near Speedway Boulevard, the Las Vegas Sun reported. This incident is one example of an alarming trend. There were more than 123,000 motorcycle accidents and 5,154 motorcycle fatalities in 2007, according to the US Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The data shows that motorcyclists are far more likely than occupants of passenger vehicles to be injured or die. Motorcyclists’ bodies have almost no protection, and when there is a crash, horrific injuries often result.

If you have been in a motorcycle accident, you should call an attorney immediately. Lagomarsino Law has a highly-accomplished team of trial lawyers focusing exclusively on personal injury cases, including motorcycle accidents. The only way to know whether you have a case is to review the facts and circumstances surrounding your injury with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys. There is never a charge to review your personal injury case, and all information provided will be kept strictly confidential.

The Las Vegas Sun: Accident Involving 3 motorcycles briefly closes southbound I-15
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