Traffic fatalities have spiked over a two week period in Las Vegas with twenty people being killed in that short time. Six victims died within 21 hours, and another three died less than 24 hours later. There does not seem to be one definitive reason for the spike, but Nevada Highway Patrol and others are speculating that reduced visibility as the days shorten and darkness comes earlier; cooler weather with more pedestrians than normal; darker winter clothing; more people on the road for holiday outings; and increased alcohol use are all playing a role.
The Holidays: A Distracted and Deadly Time
Nationally, an average of 700 people will be injured or killed every day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day in alcohol-related crashes. This rate is two to three times higher than the average daily rate during the rest of the year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
On the other hand, Las Vegas and Clark County had been experiencing a reduction in traffic fatalities as of December 1. In 2013, there were a total of 178 traffic-related deaths in Las Vegas, but only 154 as of December 1 this year. Statewide, however, fatalities have increased, with 264 as of December 1 compared with only 248 on December 1, 2013, and only 266 for the entire year. Nevada will likely see a larger number of traffic deaths overall in 2014 than in the previous year.
What Can I Do If I Am The Victim of a Crash?
If you have been the victim of someone else’s negligence, whether you were a driver, passenger, bicyclist, pedestrian or motorcyclist, you may be entitled to compensation from the at fault party. However, insurance companies and others will most likely try to deny you the full amount to which you are entitled, even if they offer you some type of settlement.
It is important to know your rights and understand what your case is really worth. In order to do this, you may want to visit a personal injury attorney such as those at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas to discuss your case. An attorney can help you understand the law regarding your accident and give you a clear picture of how much compensation you should be able to expect from the person who hit you. In many cases, you may find that this amount is much more than you have been offered. Call today for a free consultation.