The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of death for teens between the ages of 14 and 18. Almost half of the crashes involving teen drivers result in a fatality, and the mortality rate is four times higher than drivers who are 20 and older. In response to these facts, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has initiated a National Teen Driver Safety Week in October to educate parents and teens on strategies to prevent car crashes and highlights dangerous behaviors that lead to crashes. The Nevada Department of Transportation cites data from the 2014 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) showing that the primary cause of teen fatalities in crashes is aggressive driving, which includes speeding or following too closely behind another vehicle. Intoxication and a failure to wear seatbelts are also among the top causes of fatal accidents.
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Statistics for 2014 are in, and the news for traffic-related fatalities is not good. Newly released data from the Nevada Department of Public Safety shows that, for 12 of Nevada’s 17 counties, traffic fatalities have increased in the past year. While not every county shows an increase, the number for the state is higher, with 18 more deaths than 2013. This signals a reverse in the downward trend that had held steady since 2006.
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Health care providers urge parents in Nevada to reduce their children’s screen time and get them outdoors for more hours of play. Going to the local playground is a natural and potentially great way to follow this advice. Modern equipment is a far cry from the metal slides, teeter-totters and merry-go-rounds many parents remember from their youth. However, even the newest areas designed with safety in mind are not without their hazards. A Las Vegas product liability lawyer urges parents to take safety precautions when visiting a playground with children. Before leaving for the park, adults should put sunscreen on children and bring along water. Clothing should be inspected for safety, as well, to prevent necklaces, bike helmets or outfits with strings to be caught or tangled during play.
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In the not-so-distant future when new car buyers contemplate the list of must-have options for their next late model car, talking ability will be a key feature. Talking cars don’t actually speak. They communicate digitally with one another. While the technology that provides this ability isn’t yet widely available, it will be soon. Some automakers have projected that they will include talking technology in vehicle models as early as 2017. Unlike onboard internet access, hands-free cell communication, GPS, and other convenient digital auto features, talking ability may become standard equipment required in U.S. vehicles. There is an important reason for that. When cars talk to one another, it’s all about safety. While these cars are not likely to eliminate auto accidents altogether, they could lighten the load of a Las Vegas auto accident lawyer.
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