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  • Why You Should See a Doctor Right After an Accident

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 19-Apr-2018

    After being involved in a motor vehicle accident, one of the first things you should do is visit your doctor or take a trip to the hospital, even if you happen to feel fine in the immediate aftermath. The fact is that most injuries do not produce symptoms right away and, without proper medical treatment, a major health problem could be brewing without your knowledge. In addition to posing a danger ...
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  • Myths about Seat Belt Safety & Car Accidents

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 6-Apr-2018

    Motor vehicles are equipped with a wide range of new, cutting-edge safety features, but despite the great strides that have been made in technology, no other safety feature matches the benefits a seat belt can provide. It estimated that seat belts save as many as 13,000 lives every year. Unfortunately, many continue to neglect using this simple, life-saving feature in their vehicles, whether as ...
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  • Signs of a Concussion After an Accident

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 7-Mar-2018

    Concussions are a type of brain injury that, if left untreated or undiagnosed, could result in some devastating effects. However, like many other injuries that are sustained in car accidents, concussions do not immediately present alarming symptoms. Without knowing what to look for, you could miss out on the more subtle signs of this serious injury. Regardless of whether or not you believe you ...
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  • Myths About Personal Injury Law

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 21-Feb-2018

    When it comes to the law, many of us often lack experience or familiarity. Myths tend to permeate our discourse, making it difficult to discern the difference between truth and reality. If you were recently injured, however, and are now considering filing a personal injury case, these myths can influence the steps you take moving forward, possibly leading you to make unwise decisions. Do not base ...
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  • Should Soft Tissue Injuries be Taken Seriously?

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 7-Feb-2018

    Some of the most common injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents are soft tissue injuries, particularly in incidents involving low-impact collisions. Unfortunately, these injuries are often disregarded as minor and not taken as seriously as they should be in many cases. While some soft tissue injuries are certainly minor and are not cause for concern, others have the potential to be serious, ...
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  • Uber & Lyft Accidents: What Injured Passengers Need to Know

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 21-Nov-2017

    Rideshare applications, including services such as Uber & Lyft, have become immensely popular among Americans who value their convenience, affordability, and availability. While Uber & Lyft have proliferated in Nevada and other states across the country, its structure creates unique issues when it comes to car accidents and how injured victims pursue compensation through the personal ...
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  • Helpful Tips to Prevent Driver Distraction

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 3-Aug-2017

    Distracted driving has become one of the most concerning dangers on public roads. Although driver distraction has been around for as long as there have been automobiles, today’s level of distraction behind the wheel has become a problem of epidemic proportions - and it causes thousands of preventable injuries and deaths each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety ...
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  • What Should I Ask My Doctor After an Accident?

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 31-Jul-2017

    After being involved in any type of car accident, your health should be a top priority. Whether you received medical treatment at the scene of the crash, were taken to a nearby hospital, or did not receive medical attention, it is important to seek timely medical treatment or a follow up visit with your doctor. Doing so can not only protect your health and safety, but also any potential personal ...
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  • Are Hands-Free Mobile Devices Safer While Driving?

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 28-Jul-2017

    In a previous blog post, we discussed Nevada’s tough stance on distracted driving, including text messaging and cell phone use behind the wheel. Under Nevada law, the following is prohibited: Text messaging while driving (primary law for ALL drivers) Handheld cell phone use while driving (primary law for ALL drivers) Nevada takes this tough approach because residents and lawmakers understand ...
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  • Nevada Texting While Driving Laws Explained

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 26-Jul-2017

    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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  • 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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