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As more states legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use, more drivers are likely to be driving under the influence. As stoned drivers get behind the wheel, questions and concerns about their mental impairment and the risks of increased dangers on the road are being discussed by law enforcement and state officials across the country.
Man smoking marijuana in a vehicle, driving a car under the influence of cannabis
The Nevada Department of Transportation is planning an overhaul of managed lanes on Southern Nevada Roads. HOV, or High Occupancy Vehicle lanes have been a part of the freeway in Las Vegas for over a decade, and if things go according to planned, there will be more. Construction on I-15 has been happening for years, and highway officials have learned while they go.
High occupancy vehicle lane road sign
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.
a teen girl applies makeup and talks on her cellphone while driving
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.
Autonomous car
The Huffington Post recently reported on the death of a Clemmons, North Carolina woman who was involved in an accident. The 32-year old was driving to work one morning on a busy interstate when her car crossed the center of the highway, crashed into an oncoming recycling truck and caught on fire. Fortunately, the truck driver was unharmed. Investigators soon learned that the woman was engaging in a new trend: taking selfies while driving. She took several photos of herself and posted them to a popular social media site while she was on the road. Her last post took place at 8:33 a.m., just one minute before the first calls came in reporting the accident. A Las Vegas car accident lawyer understands that this could happen to each and every individual who chooses to take a selfie while behind the wheel.
two attractive young women snapping a selfie in the car
Self-driving cars were recently introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This show is often used to show the world some of the newest technologies that companies around the world are developing for potential use by everyday people. A traffic accident lawyer in Las Vegas may argue that self-driving cars have some of the greatest potential of any recent invention to reduce the rates of traffic accidents across the U.S.
Man on a Smart Self Driving Car
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pedestrians are among the most vulnerable on American roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that an estimated 76,000 pedestrians were seriously injured in auto accidents in 2012, and approximately 5,000 lost their lives. Within the next 24 hours, approximately 450 pedestrians will be treated in hospital emergency rooms in the United States for auto accident related injuries, and in the next hour, one person will die. Unfortunately, that number keeps going up, and the State of Nevada is not immune.
More pedestrians seriously injured or killed by cars in Nevada
The Las Vegas Review-Journal recently reported that a man who was driving under the influence of alcohol struck and killed a motorcyclist with his SUV. Although the driver allegedly left the scene of the crash, witnesses were able to help law enforcement discover his location. He was arrested on charges of felony DUI resulting in death, failure to yield, and duty to stop at the scene of a crash, according to officials. A car accident attorney in Las Vegas may be aware that this is only one of 104 such incidents in the state between January 1 and May 11 of 2015.
teenager drinking alcohol inside a car
Nevada has more than 70,000 miles of roadways, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. These roads can be difficult to navigate without a map, but the proliferation of paper directions has dwindled in recent years thanks to new technologies.
GPS car navigation system mounted in car windshield
An elderly pedestrian was killed in a hit and run by a drunk driver on Friday evening. The driver, 35-year-old Las Vegas man Peter Mitchel, struck a 69-year-old man who was attempting to cross Stober Boulevard around 6:30 pm. Mitchel returned in his Jeep to the scene about an hour later and was arrested.
Young drunk driver chased by police while driving under the influence of alcohol

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