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Filed under: Auto Accident

April 3, 2013

Teen ‘blacked out’ before plowing into restaurant

An 18-year-old driver admitted to blacking out while behind the wheel of a car that hopped a median, veered toward the opposing side of traffic and struck two cars and 10 people at a west…

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An 18-year-old driver admitted to blacking out while behind the wheel of a car that hopped a median, veered toward the opposing side of traffic and struck two cars and 10 people at a west Las Vegas restaurant.

In an arrest report released Tuesday by Las Vegas Metro police, Gage Lindsey also admitted to attempting to leave his vehicle after crashing into the Egg & I restaurant on Sahara Avenue Monday, because, as stated in the report, he most likely would have gotten into a confrontation with patrons there.

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Filed under: Blog

March 28, 2013

Road closures planned in southeast Vegas

Continued work on a railroad in the southeast end of Las Vegas will force road closures over the next two weeks. According to Clark County, Eastern Avenue between Warm Springs and Sunset roads will be…

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Continued work on a railroad in the southeast end of Las Vegas will force road closures over the next two weeks.

According to Clark County, Eastern Avenue between Warm Springs and Sunset roads will be closed Tuesday, April 2 to Thursday, April 4. The county said traffic will be detoured to Pecos Road.

Warm Springs Road will be closed the following week from Eastern to Pecos. That closure will last from Monday, April 8 through Wednesday, April 10. Traffic will be detoured to Sunset.

Filed under: Motorcycle Accident

March 26, 2013

Family of motorcycle accident victim speaks out on bike dangers

Marco Mizzoni, 27, remembers a fatal accident over the weekend that changed his family forever. The victim in the motorcycle wreck was his father. "Is it really going to hurt you to wait 10 more…

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Marco Mizzoni, 27, remembers a fatal accident over the weekend that changed his family forever. The victim in the motorcycle wreck was his father.

“Is it really going to hurt you to wait 10 more seconds, then to dart out? I mean, just think about it. That’s 10 seconds that could change everything,” said Marco Mizzoni.

This was something that didn’t have to happen. It’s a tragedy. Me and my uncle were very close and it’s a sad day for us,” added John Mizzoni, the victim’s nephew.

Filed under: Truck Accident

March 19, 2013

Intentional big rig wrecks a scheme to get insurance money

An old scam has rolled back onto Vegas highways and the perpetrators are targeting big rigs. Their goal is insurance money. What they do is intentionally cause wrecks hoping to cash in on some insurance…

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An old scam has rolled back onto Vegas highways and the perpetrators are targeting big rigs. Their goal is insurance money.

What they do is intentionally cause wrecks hoping to cash in on some insurance claims.

The scary thing is, the odds of surviving a wreck with a tractor trailer slamming into you on the freeway.

Truck driver Brian Radder hates when small cars slam on their brakes in front of him.

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Filed under: Auto Accident

March 11, 2013

Metro Launches Special Traffic Enforcement Effort

Metro Police's Traffic Bureau will be conducting special traffic enforcement operations at intersections throughout the Las Vegas Valley, the department announced Monday. The enforcement is already underway and will continue through May 22. According to…

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Metro Police’s Traffic Bureau will be conducting special traffic enforcement operations at intersections throughout the Las Vegas Valley, the department announced Monday.

The enforcement is already underway and will continue through May 22. According to police, officers will be stationed at intersections with the most crashes, including Charleston and Lamb boulevards, and Decatur Boulevard and Flamingo Road.

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Filed under: Auto Accident

February 15, 2013

Metro Police are Concerned about Rise in Traffic Fatalities

Another person is dead following a crash on a valley roadway. Police said a medical episode could have contributed to the crash. Eighteen people have died in Metro's jurisdiction this year alone that's up from…

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Another person is dead following a crash on a valley roadway.

Police said a medical episode could have contributed to the crash.

Eighteen people have died in Metro’s jurisdiction this year alone that’s up from 15 during this same time last year.

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Filed under: Auto Accident

February 14, 2013

As Traffic Increases Downtown, So Do Accidents

A 50-year-old man was hit and killed while crossing Las Vegas Boulevard, just south of US 95 on Saturday.  He was not in the crosswalk, and police say there is evidence he was drinking. Fatal…

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A 50-year-old man was hit and killed while crossing Las Vegas Boulevard, just south of US 95 on Saturday.  He was not in the crosswalk, and police say there is evidence he was drinking.

Fatal car accidents, like this one, are increasing at an alarming rate.

Police say Downtown has become busier and more congested, meaning more distracted drivers and more people jaywalking.

17-Year-Old Thomas Erhardt and his 14-year-old brother Tyler flew in to visit their dad.  They say it’s simple.

“A lot’s going on around here.  You might stop in the crosswalk to say hey look at that,”  said Tyler.  “Nope, you just got to be more aware of where you’re walking and where you’re driving.”

“They need to follow the law of safety,” said Thomas.  “Not following the law could get you fatally injured.”

Their father Bill says he’s a fan of how popular Downtown is getting.  He took the family to see the sights though, not people dangerously running across the street.

“There have been numerous people that have been hurt so it’s definitely a concern,” said Bill.  “I don’t know how they control it.  It’s definitely an issue they need to look at for sure if they want to bring more people down.”

Police echo his concern.

“I don’t think they’re listening to us.  I really don’t,” said Sgt. Richard Strader of Metro Fatal Detail.  “Maybe the public’s not listening to the media, or maybe they don’t care.  I don’t know.  I’m at a loss for words right now.”

Sgt. Strader says increased awareness on the part of drivers and pedestrians will help to bring down the number of fatal accidents.

Source:
http://www.8newsnow.com/story/19877232/deadly-accident-downtown-puts-spotlight-on-growing-pedestrian-traffic

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Filed under: Auto Accident

February 14, 2013

What To Do If Injured in a Car Accident in Los Angeles

If you were involved in a Los Angeles car accident tomorrow, are you sure you know exactly what to do to protect your rights? Many people make elementary mistakes when involved in auto accidents that cause them…

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If you were involved in a Los Angeles car accident tomorrow, are you sure you know exactly what to do to protect your rights? Many people make elementary mistakes when involved in auto accidents that cause them to lose their right to collect damages or greatly reduce their eventual settlement amounts. You can avoid this problem by following simple strategies designed to protect you and maximize your eventual car accident settlement.

1) Injuries Take Priority in Any Case. Worry about your car later; the moment an accident happens, your first priority is making sure you and the others involve are safe. This means calling 911 if there is any question of injury, no matter how slight, and securing the accident scene through the use of flares or other aids to visibility, moving cars off the road if it is unsafe for them to stay where they are, and generally using common sense to protect everyone involved in the accident.

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Filed under: Auto Accident

February 14, 2013

Las Vegas Traffic Statistics for 2012

On October 25th, the Traffic Bureau released traffic statistics for 2012, showing how deadly the roads have been up to this point in 2012.  This is a great reminder of how dangerous our roadways can…

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On October 25th, the Traffic Bureau released traffic statistics for 2012, showing how deadly the roads have been up to this point in 2012.  This is a great reminder of how dangerous our roadways can be when people are careless.

The number of collisions is already at 19,269 for 2012, while in all of 2010, we had only 18,849 collisions.  Now the Holidays, historically very dangerous because of drinking, are approaching.  So far this year, DUI arrests are at about 8,500, while last year there were just over 7,000.  Also, most people in Las Vegas are aware of how many pedestrian fatalities we’ve had this year, so far accounting for 36% of the 93 fatalities in 2012.

To see the full report, go to this link http://www.lvmpd.com/Portals/0/pdfs/102312.pdf.  The report shows collisions, fatalities, DUI arrests, most dangerous intersections and more.  This year, sadly we  have topped the last 2 years in every dangerous category.  Hopefully this will serve as a wake-up call to Las Vegas drivers.

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Filed under: Medical Malpractice

February 14, 2013

What Is the Time Limit to File a Nevada Medical Malpractice Claim?

When a hospital or physician fails to give a patient a certain level of care exercised by others in the industry, a patient has a right to file a medical malpractice claim against the doctor…

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When a hospital or physician fails to give a patient a certain level of care exercised by others in the industry, a patient has a right to file a medical malpractice claim against the doctor or medical facility that harmed them. What many people do not realize though, is that the law states that the claim must be made within a certain timeframe.

The time limit a person has to file a Nevada Medical Malpractice claim is covered by a state law known as the Nevada Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations. In 2004, the Nevada Revised Statute 41A.097 was amended to state that an action must be filed within one year of the discovery of the malpractice, or one year from when it should have been discovered by a reasonable person.

Filed under: Boat Accident

February 14, 2013

10 Boating Tips to Get Your Boat Prepared

For those of you who enjoy boating, Las Vegas is a great place to be.  You can enjoy boating year round on the beautiful lakes that surround us.  However, before you get on the water…

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For those of you who enjoy boating, Las Vegas is a great place to be.  You can enjoy boating year round on the beautiful lakes that surround us.  However, before you get on the water at the Lake, make sure you have the legally required equipment.

You are required to have Life jackets / PFDs for everyone on board (Type I, II, III), throw cushion (Type IV) with 30′ of line attached, Fire Extinguisher (Type B-1), back flame protection system on inboard and stern drive boats, and an audible distress signal (air horn, whistle, or bell).  Other required items include: ventilation system / blower, muffler on your engine, and navigation lights for night cruising.

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Filed under: Defective Products, Drug Injury

February 13, 2013

When Do I Need a Defective Product Attorney?

Most of us have seen commercials about defective product and product liability attorneys.  Why would we need this type of lawyer?  When a manufacturer, distributor, supplier, retailer, or anyone makes a product available to the…

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Most of us have seen commercials about defective product and product liability attorneys.  Why would we need this type of lawyer?  When a manufacturer, distributor, supplier, retailer, or anyone makes a product available to the public that is determined to be defective, these attorneys work to make sure they are held responsible for any injuries the product causes.

Often times these products are associated with health.  Some current defective product cases include Cold Therapy DeviceDepuy Hip ImplantMedtronic Infuse Bone Graft, and Transvaginal Mesh Failure.

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Filed under: Auto Accident

February 13, 2013

A Victims Overview for Whiplash Injuries After an Accident

One of the most common classifications of injury in rear-end collisions and other types of accidents is known as “whiplash.” There is great misunderstanding among the general public as to what constitutes whiplash and exactly how it…

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One of the most common classifications of injury in rear-end collisions and other types of accidents is known as “whiplash.” There is great misunderstanding among the general public as to what constitutes whiplash and exactly how it happens. Because of this misinformation, many people believe that there really is no such thing as whiplash and that anyone who claims to have it must be trying to collect extra money for nothing. However, whiplash is very real and its effects can be devastating.

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Filed under: Students with a Cause

February 5, 2013

Welcome to Students with a Cause PSA Contest 2013

The Richard Harris Law Firm is challenging Southern Nevada teens to compete in its annual video public service announcement (PSA) contest this spring. Now in its fourth year, this year’s contest focuses on the topic…

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The Richard Harris Law Firm is challenging Southern Nevada teens to compete in its annual video public service announcement (PSA) contest this spring. Now in its fourth year, this year’s contest focuses on the topic of bullying. Currently enrolled high school students (grades 9 to 12) in Clark County, Nevada, are encouraged to submit their self-made video PSA for consideration. The Richard Harris Law Firm encourages students to creatively express true stories and life experiences to illustrate the important issue of bullying in society. The videos must be 30 seconds in length, contain no vulgar or inappropriate content and should be all original images and background music.

“It has become a disturbing trend over the past few years to hear about more children and teenagers bullied at school and online,” says Richard Harris, Founder of the Richard Harris Law Firm. “Many children are being sent to school in the morning and tortured by their peers personally and throughout the day on social networks. Too often we wake up to news about another child assaulted at school or taking their own life because of the physical and emotional pain they have to endure. If we can draw enough attention to the issue and impact even one child, we’ve done our job.”

To enter the PSA contest, students must upload their video to YouTube (with parent/guardian permission, if under the age of 18) and email a link of the video to [email protected] Entries must be received by May 24, 2013. Entries will be judged by a panel of professionals in the media and broadcast industry who will consider students’ creativity and ability to analyze the topic and produce a quality video. Winners will be announced on May 31, 2013.

First place winners will receive the choice between an Apple MacBook with Apple Final Cut Express HD or a $1,500 gift card to an electronics store.

A $500 donation will be made to the first place winner’s school.

The second place winner will receive a $500 gift card to an electronics store.

There is no charge for entry and participants may submit up to two video PSA’s.