The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has released the number of traffic fatalities for 2011, which shows a slight drop in the number of car accident deaths in 2011 compared to the previous year. According to a KTNV news report, the number of traffic accident fatalities dropped from 257 in 2010 to 243 in 2011. NDOT is recommending several safety initiatives as part of its Nevada Strategic Highway Safety Plan, which aims to reduce the number of accident-related deaths statewide.
The agency plans to reduce the number to 62 by 2015. In 2011, Clark County had a total of 41 DUI fatalities, 30 pedestrian fatalities, 23 motorcycle accident deaths and one bicycle accident fatality.
Two important traffic laws went into effect on January 1, 2012, which officials hope will get them closer to their goal. The first one is the ban on hand-held cell phones while driving. This new law, officials hope, will put distracted drivers on notice. In addition, the “three-foot bicycle law” also went into effect in order to prevent bicycle accidents. This means that drivers passing a bicycle must move into the adjacent lane if possible. If not, drivers are required to have at least three feet of space between the vehicle and the bike.
Any drop in traffic accident fatalities is good news. However, one death on our roadways is one too many. A number of these tragedies can be avoided by drivers following the laws and using common sense. Drunk driving, distracted driving, drowsy driving, and failure to follow the rules of the road are common acts of negligence that result in fatal car accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, the experienced Nevada auto accident injury lawyers at Shook & Stone can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Please call our offices at (888) 662-2013 for a free consultation and comprehensive case assessment.