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Fernley woman injured after being struck by semi truck

After a serious motor vehicle accident, most people who survive say that they are lucky to be alive. But when those accidents involve large vehicles such as semi-trucks and commercial vehicles, this sentiment is as close to the truth as you can get.

That’s because, as many of our Las Vegas readers are well aware, large trucks like semis are incredibly heavy, which can lead to incredible damage to other vehicles in the event of an accident Passengers in these other vehicles often suffer injuries or can even be killed. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case for an 18-year-old woman from Fernley who may consider herself lucky to be alive this week after surviving a collision with a semi-truck.

Class action holds Chrysler liable for damages from auto defect

When Chrysler Group LLC announced in the fall of last year that it would be conducting three recalls on many of its models that spanned several model years, many people may have felt a tingle of anxiety. But when the automaker said that the three recalls may affect an estimated 1.2 million trucks, that anxiety may have turned to panic, especially for those whose vehicles were included in the recall.

That's because, as the company explained in a press release, there was a possibility that many of the vehicle's tie-rod assemblies may have been misaligned during assembly. For those of our Nevada readers who are unfamiliar with the mechanics of a vehicle, when a tie-rod assembly is misaligned or defective, it can affect the vehicle's steering. Many times, if the problem is bad enough, it can cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle, which inevitably can cause a crash. According to Chrysler in its fall 2013 release, it was aware of several accidents that resulted from this auto defect, two of which involved injuries.

Owner tries to limit compensation to victims hurt in ferry crash

Not very many people expect to become involved in an accident; so when it happens, people are often caught off guard and left wondering what they should do next. If you have suffered injuries or a loved one was killed in a crash, you might want to seek compensation through civil litigation. But as the story we are about to tell points out, sometimes the negligent party may try to get out of paying the full amount of damages to an accident victim, oftentimes dragging out litigation or leaving a victim without a sense of justice.

Our Nevada readers can see this exemplified by a personal injury case out of New York where victims of a ferry boat accident are trying to get compensation for the injuries they suffered when the boat crashed into a pier on January 9, 2013. Some who heard the news may remember that 74 people were injured in the crash, two of which were critically injured. But despite the fact that many have filed timely personal injury lawsuits, because of a complaint filed by the ferry’s owner, the victims may not receive an adequate amount of compensation.

4 most common and dangerous distractions behind the wheel

The start of April not only brought the warmer weather of spring to many states across the nation but it also brought Distracted Driving Awareness Month to the entire nation. As many of our Las Vegas readers know, distracted driving is among one of the leading causes of serious motor vehicle accidents. But while most people almost always think of texting and driving when they think of distracted driving, there are actually several other distractions that can be just as dangerous.

Let’s start with the most common: cellphone use. Most people know that this is a dangerous distraction, but there is a misconception in America that hands-free technology can eliminate this distraction and make cellphone-use behind the wheel safer. While this technology does eliminate the use of a driver’s hands when using a cellphone, it still requires much of the driver’s attention. By definition, a distraction is anything that inhibits a driver from paying their full attention to driving. This means that people may think they’re being safer when in fact they are not.

NDOT learns about danger in common guardrail design

According to the Nevada Department of Transportation’s policy, companies that manufacture products for roadways are required to notify officials about changes to their products and alert them to possible dangers these products can pose to motorists. But NDOT says that Trinity Highway Products, the manufacturer of a common type of guardrail that is found on roadways across the nation, did not tell them about the danger the guardrail posed to motorists.

This month, NDOT removed the guardrail, the ET-Plus, from its approved products list after an investigation determined that a small change to the guardrail’s design caused the device to fail. In states across the nation, including Florida, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia, the guardrails have been linked to four deaths and nine injuries in motor vehicle accidents where the failure of the guardrail caused it to pull up from the ground and crash through vehicles and into car cabins.

Who was at fault in fatal Nevada auto-pedestrian accident?

A fatal auto-pedestrian accident just south of Las Vegas last month has raised a lot of questions recently, the most important among them is: who is at fault in the crash? Because the vehicle's driver will no doubt blame the victim and the victim's family will no doubt blame the driver, it will be up to investigators from Metro Police to look at the evidence and provide answers to those involved.

Some of you may remember hearing about the fatal collision that claimed the life of a 45-year-old Las Vegas woman who was crossing the street with a male pedestrian. According to police, the woman was struck just before 6 a.m. by the 63-year-old driver of a minivan. Although she was rushed to University Medical Center, she was pronounced dead after succumbing to her fatal injuries.

Community steps in to help 7-year-old paralyzed in car accident

For many people here in Las Vegas, it’s difficult to imagine what it would be like to be paralyzed from the neck down. Fewer still can imagine how much of a struggle this would be for a young child. But this is the life now for a 7-year-old girl in Washington state after she suffered a serious spinal cord injury in a car accident. But despite her newfound disability, an outpouring of support from the community has given her family hope for the future.

Recently this month, members of the girl’s Girl Scout troop set out to raise money for the family. With the help of a local radio station, the troop was able to sell more than 2,000 boxes of cookies. Because the 7-year-old girl will require around-the-clock care -- possibly even for the rest of her life -- as well a wheelchair accessible home, the proceeds from the cookie drive will be used to build a new addition to the family home, specifically designed to accommodate the girl’s needs.

Nevada family uses fundraiser to help pay for funeral costs

The sudden death of a loved one can be a difficult thing to bare, especially if their death was caused by someone else’s negligence. And while compensation received in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit can often be used to help cover the costs associated with a sudden death, this form of litigation can sometimes take longer than the victim’s family has time for. And in some cases, they must wait to file their claim until after the completion of a criminal trial as well.

This may be the case for the family of a 38-year-old Las Vegas man who was killed on St. Patrick’s Day. According to reports, he had been pulled over on the side of U.S. Highway 95 to change a tire when a 22-year-old struck him with his vehicle. Initially it was believed that the driver had suffered a diabetic episode but tests later confirmed that the driver was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the fatal accident.

Settlements reached in 'affluenza' drunk-driving case

Back in December, the term ‘affluenza’ hit national headlines everywhere and had millions of Americans talking about the consequences of underage drinking and driving. While not exclusive to affluent families, critics of underage drinking pointed out that the 16-year-old in the ‘affluenza’ case had been given “freedoms no young person should have,” which directly led to injuries and the deaths of several people.

As some of our Nevada readers know, the fatal drunk driving accident almost immediately sparked several personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Many of the victims and their families were angered by the lenient sentence the teen received and sought compensation as a way of gaining a sense of justice. Though many have been grieving for months, reports indicate that the teen’s family has reached settlements in at least three of the six cases and is working hard to resolve the other claims as “expeditiously and as fairly as possible.”

9-year-old boy injured in North Las Vegas bicycle accident

A 9-year-old boy in North Las Vegas might not realize it right now but he is lucky to be alive after being struck by truck recently. That’s because, as many experts will tell you, automobile accidents involving pedestrians can be incredibly serious and can even result in death if the injuries are severe enough. But like so many cases before him, his case will show that not every pedestrian accident ends in complete tragedy.

Not a lot is known about the crash due to the fact that police have not released a lot of information about the incident at this time. What we do know is that the 9-year-old boy had been riding his bicycle near the corner of Deer Springs Way and Clayton Street just prior to the accident. Police say the boy was then struck by a truck as he rode along in the crosswalk.

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