Las Vegas Family Injured in Distracted Driving Accident Appear at National Transportation Safety Conference in DC
A Las Vegas couple that was injured when a teenage girl crashed her half ton pick-up truck helped present their case at a National Transportation Safety Conference in Washington DC. The couple had driven to Tropicana street to help a friend whose vehicle had broken down and upon exiting their vehicle were struck by the teenager who was both on the phone and adjusting her radio.
Distracted driving in Nevada, whether it be texting, fumbling with the radio, fixing make-up or using a cell phone, is increasing cited as causes of accidents not only in Las Vegas but the rest of the United States. In fact, distracted driving was sited for 63 fatalities in the State of Nevada over the past five years, a figure that is more then likely far greater due to the difficulty to prove the distraction. Furthermore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration pens the numbers at a much larger clip. The Las Vegas Review Journal quotes the agency as: “According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted-driving related crashes caused nearly 5,500 deaths and 450,000 injuries last year.”
While over 30 states have banned the practices of texting and 8 others driving or talking on cell phones without adequate hands-free attachments, the State of Nevada is not on the list. The Nevada Senate passed a law that would have banned texting in their last session, however the bill was killed in Assembly. Another bill that would have banned the use of cell phones or PDA’s by drivers 18 years of age or younger was also not passed. Nevada legislatures continue to try pass further law outlawing such practices, however a broader support needs to be shown on both the political and local levels in order to get a grip on this epidemic of vehicle accidents in Nevada.
As for couple that were struck by the distracted teenage girl? Their lives will never be the same after going through brain injury surgery and dozens of other neck, arm, elbow, liver, spleen, pelvis and rib surgeries. If you or a loved one has been injured do to a Nevada drivers’ distracted driving, contact a legal firm that understands the plights of these practice, contact Benson & Bingham: 702-382-9797.