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  • Governmental Immunity - What Happens When you are Hurt by a Government Employee or Agent

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 22-Mar-2017

    Imagine you are driving home from work. You stop at a light, wait for it to turn green, and proceed cautiously into the intersection. Suddenly, a police cruiser enters the intersection from a perpendicular street, running a red light and barreling into your car. You suffer multiple injuries, including damage to your knee which results in surgery. What are your rights? Can you pursue a claim ...
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  • Filing a Car Accident Claim: The Basics

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 20-Mar-2017

    According to some estimates, people will file a claim for an auto accident about once every 17.9 years. In 2015, more than 6 million police-reported crashes occurred in the United States alone. Another 32,166 crashes resulted in death. Considering the number of people driving on the road at any time, and the fact that driver distraction is the leading cause of crashes, it’s unsurprising that ...
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  • Teen Driver Accidents: Top Mistakes Made By New Drivers

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 17-Mar-2017

    Handing the keys over to a teen driver is a milestone in both a child’s and parent’s life. For children, it means more freedom and the ability to hit the road and get to new places. For parents, it can be downright frightening – and for good reason. Insurance companies know the data on teen drivers, which is why premiums for newer motorists is often higher, especially in faster ...
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  • Do Bars and Liquor Stores Have a License to Kill?: Dram Shop Liability in Nevada

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 13-Mar-2017

    Nevada law immunizes bars in Nevada from liability arising from actions of their patrons after having been served or sold alcohol. In most situations, no matter how intoxicated a person becomes, his/her age, or how many drinks a bartender serves, a business is likely not liable for any injuries or damages caused by that conduct. Policies like this make Nevada attractive to bars, restaurants, and ...
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  • I Was Hit by a Drugged Driver. What Are My Rights?

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 2-Mar-2017

    In 2014, about 10 million people over the age of 11 reported they drove under the influence of illegal drugs the year before. This number doesn’t include individuals driving under the influence of legal prescriptions, which can be just as dangerous. For some people, such as older adults, prescription drugs can take longer to break down or can have adverse reactions when mixed with other ...
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  • Can I Sue After a Nevada Hit & Run Accident?

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 14-Oct-2016

    Imagine you’re driving down the road when the unthinkable happens: you’re struck by an oncoming vehicle. In the panic of the moment, you watch as the driver who hit you speeds away, leaving you to deal with your injuries and a damaged vehicle all by yourself. What can be done in this situation? Without the name, contact information, or insurance information of the other driver, who ...
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  • Proposed "Textalyzer" Bill Aims to Treat Distracted Driving Like Drunk Driving

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 3-May-2016

    In the last seven years, many states implemented campaigns to dissuade distracted drivers – particularly drivers who text and use social media behind the wheel. But according to research, Americans are still willing to risk their safety and the safety of others by using Facebook, texting, talking on the phone, and taking selfies while they drive. In fact, some believe hand-held technology is ...
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  • How Passenger Vehicle Drivers Can Help Prevent Truck Accidents

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 5-Apr-2016

    According to statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,964 fatal injuries occurred due to big rig truck accidents in 2013. Between 2009 and 2013, 371 individuals died in truck accidents throughout Nevada. An additional 2,771 persons sustained serious injuries. Without a doubt, driving near these large vehicles poses serious risks if truck drivers and the drivers ...
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  • New IIHS Headlight Ratings Reveal Need for Improvement

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 1-Apr-2016

    For the first time ever, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is rating car headlights for effectiveness and safety. So far, only the Toyota Prius v is the only midsize car to earn a “good” rating, and only when equipped with an optional advanced technology package. Eleven other vehicles tested could only be purchased with “acceptable” rated headlights, with nine ...
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  • 20 Automakers Agree to Make Automatic Braking Systems a Standard by 2022

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 25-Mar-2016

    According to an article published by Business Finance News, 20 vehicle manufacturers have agreed to make automatic braking systems a new standard for their vehicles by September 2022. The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 20 automakers that agreed, which also make up 99% of auto sales in the US, and the Insurance Institute for ...
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  • Nevada State Laws Now Refer to "Car Accidents" As "Car Crashes"

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 17-Feb-2016

    Recently, a new Nevada law has changed the way Nevada refers to car accidents. Instead of using the word, “accident,” the word, “crash,” is to be used. A woman from the Nevada Department of Transportation states this change has occurred so that people understand these crashes are preventable. In 2015, 321 drivers died in car crashes in Nevada. Many of these accidents were ...
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  • Distracted Driving Makes NTSB's Most Wanted List

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 20-Jan-2016

    Recently, the National Transportation Safety board reported that distracted driving made the Top 10 Most Wanted List. This list refers to the most common and preventable accidents that cause numerous deaths each year. To uncover the information, NTSB performed 11 different investigations in 2003. The association found that an unacceptable amount of car accidents were caused by or involved drivers ...
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  • Dangerous Winter Weather Causes Several Accidents in Reno/Sparks Area

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 5-Jan-2016

    Now that it is officially winter, Nevada drivers will be seeing cold and rainy conditions in the coming months. With rain in the forecast this week for Las Vegas and more bad driving weather ahead, we at Shook & Stone would like to take this opportunity to remind drivers to be cautious on the road! According to the captain of the highway patrol in Reno, 138 highway accidents occurred over a ...
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  • Car-Accident Related Deaths on the Rise in 2015

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 4-Dec-2015

    In 2014, the amount of fatal-injuries caused in car accidents decreased by 0.1% from the previous year. Unfortunately, for the first six months of 2015, the amount of car-accident related deaths rose 8.1%, accounting for 16,225 total deaths. As a result, many are speaking out, stating more needs to be done to combat these shockingly high statistics. What Changes Should Be Initiated? The ...
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  • The Future is Now: The Race for the Self-Driving Car

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 1-Dec-2015

    The self-driving car is on its way to becoming a reality for the everyday driver. Soon, consumers can experience a new definition of the word “driving.” People who cannot drive themselves will be able to experience greater independence and mobility. Commuters making long trips to and from their workplaces can reclaim the time lost behind the wheel. Most importantly of all, driverless ...
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  • Motorists of Passenger Vehicles and Motorcycles Must Consider Each Other

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 10-Nov-2015

    While the roads may be big enough for all types of vehicles, there is never enough room for people to drive recklessly or negligently. Instead, motorists of all vehicles must be considerate of each other and do their best to keep the roads safe for one another. The Story of a Motorcyclist Who Lost His Life On November 1, a motorcyclist suffered fatal injuries after colliding with a tractor trailer ...
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  • The Dangers of New Auto Safety Technologies

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 22-Oct-2015

    The car industry is growing rapidly and so are the available safety features and technologies. But, can this be a problem for new car buyers? Research shows that many persons have voiced their confusion and overwhelming feelings regarding the massive amounts of safety technologies that are now available in vehicles. Before, only high-end, more expensive models came with adaptive cruise control, ...
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  • Are Sandals Dangerous to Wear While Driving?

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 25-Sep-2015

    Many people do not consider how their choice in footwear can be a potential danger when getting behind the wheel. But, research has proven that flip-flops and other types of footwear can be extremely hazardous while driving. As a matter of fact, about 1.4 million auto accidents occurred when drivers’ sandals blocked them from pressing the gas, brake, and clutch pedals. Due to these ...
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  • Nevada Texting While Driving Laws Explained

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 22-Sep-2015

    Today, the dangers of texting and other forms of cell phone use while driving are well known. As one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving, text messaging behind the wheel is a simple action that has serious risks. Plenty of statistics and studies conducted throughout the years have made it clear just how dangerous texting while driving is: A Virginia Tech Transportation Institute ...
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  • The Dangers of Loose Articles in Your Vehicle

    Posted By Shook & Stone, Chtd. || 9-Sep-2015

    You may not have ever considered it, but did you know that unsecured cargo can be dangerous in the event of a crash? Not only can it be distracting to have items, or even pets, moving around in your vehicle while you drive, but they could turn into projectiles in a collision. According to Safety Research and Strategies, Inc., a group dedicated to vehicle and product safety, loose objects in ...
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  • Are Navigational Apps as Dangerous as Texting and Driving?

    Posted By Nevada Personal Injury Attorney || 31-Aug-2015

    While most people already know that texting and talking on the phone while driving are dangerous practices, many individuals fail to notice that using navigational apps while driving is dangerous as well. With navigational apps such as Google Maps, Waze, and others, many people rely on their cell phones to help them commute from point-A to point-B. Of course, this increases the risks of accidents ...
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  • Tips for Filing Whiplash Injury Claims after a Car Accident

    Posted By Shook & Stone, Chtd. || 25-Aug-2015

    If you have been involved in a car accident, it is a good idea to receive a medical evaluation for whiplash, even if you are not yet experiencing any pain or other symptoms. Even minor collisions have the potential to cause injury to the neck and spine, and it is better to receive prompt medical attention now than to find out later that your injury has worsened over time. Also known as Whiplash ...
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  • The Dangers of Drinking Coffee While Driving

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 12-Aug-2015

    Any kind of distracted driving is dangerous. However, many people fail to notice that they participate in distracted driving activities on a regular basis. In fact, many drivers participate in one of the most dangerous types of distracted driving- eating and drinking. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrate states the persons who eat or drink while driving increase the likelihood of car ...
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  • Vehicle Safety Becoming Larger Focus for Consumers, Study Says

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 27-Jul-2015

    There’s a lot to consider when buying a new car. From heated seats and leather interiors to top-of-the-line stereo and navigation systems, cars and trucks today also have quite a few bells and whistles to choose from. Although many consumers try to strike a balance mainly based on looks, performance, convenience, and price, a new study from J.D. Power is suggesting that safety is becoming a ...
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  • New Study Analyzes Vehicle Price & Personal Injury Claims

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 14-Jul-2015

    It’s well known that expensive vehicles come equipped with far more bells and whistles than your average affordable consumer car. Luxuries and status symbols aside, however, the price of a vehicle could actually provide additional benefits. According to a new study from the University of Buffalo, larger and more expensive vehicles are associated far less frequently with personal injury ...
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