Hazardous Intersections Contribute to Dozens of Nevada Traffic Deaths Every Year

Nevada roads have never been so dangerous. 2018 was the deadliest year for traffic deaths in a decade, with a record 331 fatalities, and 2019 trends indicate that this high number is not reversing. Intersections are among the most accident-prone areas, consistently accounting for a disproportionately high number of these incidents.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, intersection-related crashes represented about 40 percent of national car crashes and over one in five traffic fatalities in 2007. One Nevada intersection, Sahara Avenue and Decatur Boulevard in Clark County, had 54 traffic fatalities in 2018. In other words, a single intersection had a fatal accident approximately once per week last year.

The frequency of intersection-related accidents is a national problem that will not be easy to solve. One unique safety feature being used to address the problem in Seattle, Washington, is the upcoming installation of new signals that give pedestrians extra time to enter crosswalks before cars and trucks – pedestrians are particularly at-risk in intersections because of their vulnerable nature. Other proposed safety steps, according to Zero Fatalities Nevada, could include improving road infrastructure and updating design standards, educating the public on intersection safety, and supporting increased enforcement for new legislation.

Realistically, this is a multi-faceted problem that will require several interventions to resolve. In the meantime, individual drivers can do their part to help by following some basic safety tips while traveling through intersections – it could make a life-saving difference:

  1. Yield or stop and look both ways for oncoming traffic before entering intersections.
  2. Stay vigilant and aware of unexpected safety hazards.
  3. Do not assume other drivers will yield the right-of-way before going.
  4. Stay alert of pedestrians and bicyclists in or approaching crosswalks.
  5. Yield before going left – especially if it’s an unprotected turn.
  6. Use your blinkers, follow the speed limit, and obey all traffic laws, no matter how minor.

If you or a loved one is a victim of a car accident in Nevada, it is important to seek help from an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

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Summer Begins Nevada’s 100 Deadliest Days on the Road – Especially for Teen Drivers

With warm, long days and the end of the school year in sight, many teens find themselves looking forward to a summer of rest and relaxation. While this is undoubtedly a fun time of year, Memorial Day also began the “100 deadliest days” on Nevada’s roads.

The number of overall traffic deaths rise during these 100 days, with youngest drivers being impacted most: deaths of teen drivers increase by a whopping 43 percent. Nationally, almost 3,500 teens have been killed in the past five years during the “100 deadliest days” period. Teens are already a particularly vulnerable group on the roads, which is demonstrated through a number of harrowing statistics:

Besides teens’ obvious lack of driving experience, there are a number of factors that contribute to their vulnerability. According to Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) CEO Tina Quigley, some Nevada roads are designed in a way that makes them much more dangerous to commute on: “we have these very wide roads with multiple lanes with posted speeds of up to 55 mph… and yet we also have pedestrian crosswalks and we have lights.” Because of this, drivers can find themselves getting up to the speed limit of 55 mph then having to abruptly stop or slam on the brakes at traffic lights and crosswalks. Together, the combination can be deadly. Proposed solutions to fixing this problem include repairing roads, adding traffic safety features, and constructing new roads.

Teens are also more likely to exhibit dangerous driving behaviors such as speeding, impaired driving, and distracted driving. Parents and guardians who talk to their teens openly about the risks involved can play a critical role in reducing the likelihood that their child will engage in these reckless behaviors.

Following basic car maintenance is another action that parents can take to keep their teen drivers safe, especially because they might not know what to look out for themselves. Showing young drivers how to check their tire pressure, oil level, and keep an eye on tire treads are just some preventative safety measures that can be taken. It is also important to ensure the vehicle is up-to-date on any needed inspections.

If you or a loved one is a victim of a car accident in Nevada, it is important to seek help from an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

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