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Increase in Minimum Insurance Coverage for Nevada Auto Drivers Starts July 1st, 2018

March 15, 2018

The minimum insurance coverage for Nevada motorists is set to take effect on July 1st of this year.  The new law passed last year is the first increase in the minimum coverage since 1958.  Lawmakers sited the increased costs of medical care and the costs associated with fixing vehicles.Currently, the minimum insurance coverage in Nevada is commonly referred to as 15/30/10.  $15,000 per person for bodily injury coverage, $30,000 per accident and $10,000 in property damage per accident.  These limits are extremely low based on current medical fees and property damage expenses.  For instance, if.

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Victim Seeking Driver in Hit and Run Crash

February 28, 2018

The lawyers at Benson and Bingham will work with local police departments and emergency personnel from time to time to ensure that justice is reached for their clients. As part of those ongoing relationships and in honor of the hardworking police community in Southern Nevada, we would like to implore our readers to help solve a case. The was an incident earlier this week that happened in broad daylight on one of tho most highly populated roads in Las Vegas.

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Clark County Police Investigating Injury Auto Accident

February 22, 2018

In Southern Nevada, there are new people becoming injured in auto accidents each day. Las Vegas is contantly having news reports of car crashes, usually taking place during rush hour, late at night, or early in the morning. That isn't to say that motor vehicle accidents don't happen in the Las Vegas valley at other times of day, because they do, they just don't happen at other times that they do in the time brackets that have just been listed.

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Semi Truck Crashes near Las Vegas

February 20, 2018

There seems to be a new injury auto  accident each day in Southern Nevada, with varied results. Some car crashes happen, and both parties are able to walk away completely unscathed. There are incidences involving only one car in Clark County, where the driver is the only person who has to suffer the injury or damage related to the motor vehicle wreck. Then there are accidents involving motorcycles, where the motorcyclist is usually injured severely, and their motorcycle (regardless of the make and model) could be damaged beyond repair.

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Pedestrian Killed by Truck in East Las Vegas

February 18, 2018

The Las Vegas Metro Police Department had a tough job this morning, after responding to a gruesome pedestrian accident in the east side of the Las Vegas valley. Pedestrian related car crashes are on the rise in Southern Nevada, and last year was recognized as the deadliest year on record for those who walk on or across Clark County roads.

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Motorcyclist Killed in Las Vegas Traffic Accident

February 16, 2018

In Las Vegas Nevada, there are many motorcyclists on the road every day. The community of enthusiasts in that region have unparalleled numbers, in part to the dry climate and gorgeous weather 9 months out of the year, and in part due to the proximity to route 66. The Southern Nevada region is an ideal place to enjoy a motorcycle, regardless of if it is a Honda or a Harley Davidson, you can still partake in the picturesque views.

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Elderly Woman Latest Victim of Slip and Fall Injury

February 12, 2018

A slip and fall is something that can happen to anyone at anytime. In Las Vegas there have been so many instances of people having some serious accidents and becoming hurt as the result of someone else's negligence or just common oversight. In terms of the quantity of Southern Nevada accidents that result in injury, a slip and fall incident is the second most common, only second to an injury auto accident on Clark County roads.

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Tragedy over the Grand Canyon as Helicopter Downed during 50+ mph Winds

February 10, 2018

Strong winds in the area of the Grand Canyon, and a perhaps ill advised helicopter flight, turned tragic today as a vessel operated by Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters went down during the gusts.  Six passengers and the pilot were the victims of the crash, with three individuals reported killed, with the other four sustaining various injuries after the crash.It was reported a helicopter form the Air Force Base Nellis was flying in to be of assistance near the Quatermaster Canyon within the Hualapai Nation.  Evidently, the helicopter crashed in the Grand Wash Cliffs on the reservation.  Huala.

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Runner Up Scholarship Essay on Automated Cars and the Future of Driverless Cars in the Legal Community

February 07, 2018

The below essay was from the one of the two runner up prize winners of the First Annual Benson & Bingham Scholarship Contest.  Submitted by Dre’Kevius O. Huff who is currently attending Savannah Law School, we are proud to showcase why attorneys Joseph Benson and Ben Bingham selected Mr. O. Huff as one of the recipient's of the $250 runner-up scholarship awards.  Like Mr. Hernandez's essay, Mr. O.

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Five Las Vegas Locals Displaced Due to Apartment Fire

February 05, 2018

House an residential fires seem to be an especially frequent occurrence in Las Vegas. There is almost a new report by a local news outlet in Southern Nevada discussing the particular details of yet another Clark County residential or casino fire every week, and it's downright alarming. Sometime the apartment fire and explosions happen in Henderson, a township that's directly adjacent to Las Vegas that is to many residents in the area. Sometimes the reports are of a Las Vegas Strip casino fire that endangers local residents and visiting tourists alike.

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Racing Causes Deadly Auto Accident in East Las Vegas

January 31, 2018

There are numerous offenses drivers commit when it comes to injury auto accidents in Clark County. People believe that their actions won't impact others in Las Vegas, Summerlin, or Henderson and they behave as if drunk or reckless driving won't hurt or kill other people on the road. There are countless Southern Nevada injury car crashes where the cause for the accident was completely preventable.

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Newborn Suffers Pediatric Injury at Summerlin Hospital

January 30, 2018

When a child or infant is hurt, it is known in the legal community as a pediatric injury. Thousands of children die every year as the result of injuries in Las Vegas, and all over the world. Whether they are hurt at sporting events, at school, in car accidents, or just by engaging in daily activities, children are particularly susceptible to being hurt due to their small, underdeveloped frame. We've covered many instances of children being hurt while riding home and the Clark County School bus gets in an injury auto accident on Southern Nevada roads.

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Nevada Elderly Abuse is an Ongoing Problem

January 29, 2018

At Benson and Bingham, there is only one goal in sight when providing the best services to their clients battling nursing homes who abused and neglected the elderly in Southern Nevada, providing justice for those who could not defend themselves. The elderly are a vulnerable population who are particularly susceptible to abuse and neglect, simply because they are unable to defend themselves and are often not able bodied enough to seek help on their own.

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Moped Crash Kills Driver in Las Vegas Valley

January 27, 2018

A few days ago a traffic fatality took place in the central part of the Las Vegas Valley. Although this is a frequent occurrence in Clark County, with emergency responders in the area taking calls for assistance all over Southern Nevada and working with injuries from car crashes almost daily, that doesn't make the loss of life any less sad. In this instance, it was a Las Vegas local man who lost his life while driving a motorized scooter, also known as a moped, on a crowded Southern Nevada road.

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Mother and Child Survive Head On DUI Crash

January 25, 2018

It's sad but it's true, Las Vegas has an abnormally high rate of accidents happening as a result of someone driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drinking is a 24-hour pastime in Southern Nevada, and it seems that even harsher penalties don't act as that big of a deterrent for those who get drunk and then choose to endanger everyone else on the road because they also chose to drive.  There are an unlimited number of choices when deciding where to grab a drink in Las Vegas, Henderson, and Summerlin, and because of that, no roads are completely safe.

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Firefighters Respond to Las Vegas Casino Fire

January 23, 2018

Although many Las Vegas casinos and resorts see a decline in visitors staying and frequenting their locations this time of year, that doesn't mean that the action has died down. The strip may be slow, but that doesn't mean the need for finding a good lawyer who specializes in hotel claims has decreased. There are so many types of accident and injury that can happen on the premises of a Southern Nevada hotel, casino, or resort. Benson and Bingham have worked on many casino related accident and injury cases, and have sued almost every resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

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Semi-Truck Crash Blocks Traffic on Las Vegas Boulevard

January 20, 2018

As Las Vegas has continued to grow and expand over the last several decades, the types of vehicles entering and exiting the city at all hours of day has changed. The once relatively isolated communities were broken up by wide expanses of desert, and narrow dirt roads punctuated that desert to allow for commuter between neighborhoods to traverse this wild west scene. As southern Nevada developed into what it is today, a world class destination with a large and diverse community, it also stretched in size and infrastructure to accommodate this population growth.

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Man Dies in Clark County Traffic Accident

January 18, 2018

When it comes to all of the ways something can go wrong while driving a motor vehicle on Southern Nevada roads, it almost seems overwhelming. The sheer volume of auto related accidents that Las Vegas and the surrounding areas experience on a daily basis is nearly unbelievable and may make some readers never want to jump in a car and travel around town ever again. It's daunting, really, when you stop and think about all of the Las Vegas locals who are hurt in injury car crashes each week and what the healing time in both physically and financially after such an accident.

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Two Teens Hit in a Southern Nevada Pedestrian Accident

January 15, 2018

If you've been following the Benson and Bingham blog, you will know that we recount the personal injury happenings around Las Vegas and showcase what the best course of action is if you've been wrongfully injured. Hint, it starts with medical help from licensed professionals, and ends with finding a qualified, experienced attorney from Clark County like the reputable legal representatives at one of the several Benson and Bingham offices around the city. And many of those personal injury stories are the result of accidents on Clark County roads.

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Las Vegas Kitchen Fire Causes Death and Damages

January 13, 2018

Southern Nevada burn injuries are extremely traumatic.When you're at home in your apartment or house in Las Vegas, just trying to make yourself a meal and have some comfort after a long day, it's a time of intimacy that's personal to everyone. The last thing you want to be worrying about is your safety, or the possibility of your kitchen catching fire. Unfortunately, this has been the reality for many people living in Clark County. In the year 2017, 6 people died in Southern Nevada from burns, smoke inhalation, or other injuries related to Las Vegas house fires.

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Man Killed in Las Vegas RTC Bus Crash

January 11, 2018

Sometimes, public transportation is just another way to get in an injury auto accident on Las Vegas roads. Many people, Southern Nevada locals and tourists alike rely on the network of busses, taxis, Lyft and Uber rides to cross the large city that would be otherwise impenetrable without some sort of vehicle to help. If you've read any of our other posts, you have probably seen how unfriendly and challenging Clark County can be for pedestrians, bicyclists, moped riders, or motor cycle enthusiasts.

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How Technology will Affect the Practice of Law in Nevada

January 09, 2018

The below essay was from one of two runner up  prize winners of the First Annual Benson & Bingham Scholarship Contest.  Submitted by Olivia  Campbell, a current law student at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, we are proud to showcase why attorneys Joseph Benson and Ben Bingham selected Ms.

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Man Identified in North Las Vegas Motorcycle Crash

January 06, 2018

It's the start of 2018, and the Nevada Highway Patrol have already investigated multiple accidents on Clark County roads. And, it's very sad to say, but unfortunately some of those accidents have been traffic fatalities where one or more of the people involved were killed in the Las Vegas motor vehicle crash. One of these cases, that we'll go on to detail in the next paragraph, involved a vulnerable group of enthusiasts that are frequently hurt or killed while riding in Southern Nevada.

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Las Vegas New Years Eve and DUI Accidents

December 31, 2017

Las Vegas is the place to be if you're celebrating New Year's Eve. Sin City is considered the party capital of the world, and brings many people who travel across the country or even internationally to ring in the new year. They fly in or drive in, mostly packed into airplanes or cars and don sparkly, shiny, bright, or slinky outfits to be sure to stand out in the crowd of this special, Southern Nevada event.

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Most Las Vegas Casinos Aren't Prepared for an Emergency

December 28, 2017

This is the time of year that Las Vegas sees a high number of visitors. Tourists to the Southern Nevada area peak around the celebrations of New Years, a time that the Las Vegas Strip is closed down and every casino and hotel is completely full of reserved rooms. Parties are hosted all over, and the chicest nightclubs and venues have special events that bring in everyone from bachelorette parties to big-name celebrities. This is the very peak of festivities for Clark County businesses, and they prepare for months to make sure all of the details are perfect.

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North Las Vegas Rollover Car Crash Injures Two

December 26, 2017

When a car is involved in a rollover car crash, usually the driver and passengers suffer serious consequences. The number of rollover motor vehicle accidents in the Las Vegas valley are growing, and people frequenting roads in Clark County should be on high alert not to be involved in this particular type of Southern Nevada injury auto accidents. An incident like this can be especially detrimental for those who end up getting into a serious injury car crash or traffic fatality on one of the biggest holidays of the year, Christmas Day.

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Henderson Road Gets Many Safety Updates

December 21, 2017

If you're from Southern Nevada, chances are you've frequented Henderson, the neighborhood at the Southeastern side of the Las Vegas Valley. It's an eclectic spot, with a mingling of old and new. Many houses and casinos are located in the region, with plenty of families, businesses, and foot traffic of local Las Vegas people. It's a little oasis for many, away from the Las Vegas strip and the multitudes of tourists that frequent it. The pace seems slower, and at night the residential part is quiet and family friendly.

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Tips to Avoid Fire Hazards for Las Vegas Residents This Christmas

December 19, 2017

The countdown is on for Christmas, and the other winter holidays are upcoming or are already here (I'm looking at you Hanukkah)! The gifts are bought and wrapped, the lights are up on the outside of the house, the tree is adding a festive flair to your home and topped with an angel or a star, depending on what camp you fall into, plans for a big Christmas dinner have been decided, and the stockings are hung by the fire with care. Emphasis on the "with care" part because there are dangers that are best avoided this holiday season, and throughout the year.

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Vigil Held for Victims of DUI Hit and Run Accident

December 17, 2017

Two women were killed this week in a terrible car accident in Las Vegas. A driver, who seemed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, drove right into a group of pedestrians.  Of the group hurt in the Southern Nevada hit and run car crash, three were struck and two were killed. But, there's a unique element to this tragic event. The two who were killed in the DUI hit and run auto accident in Las Vegas were related. In fact, they were actually mother and daughter.

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North Las Vegas School Bus Accident Injures Students

December 15, 2017

The Clark County School District has some explaining to do. It's pretty common knowledge that the school busses in Las Vegas leave much to be desired for students and families in the Southern Nevada region. Horror stories relayed from scared students make their way back to parents about altercations that happen between classmates while riding to or from home make loved ones upset or uncomfortable. And then there the constant flow of news stories about accidents.

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The Future of Driver-less Cars and How this will Affect the Field of Personal Injury

December 14, 2017

The below essay was from the grand prize winner of the First Annual Benson & Bingham Scholarship Contest.  Submitted by Felipe Hernandez who was recently accepted to Harvard Law School, we are proud to showcase why attorneys Joseph Benson and Ben Bingham selected Mr.

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Pedestrian Hit by Taxi Lucky to Escape Serious Injury

December 12, 2017

For the last several weeks here on the Benson and Bingham blog, it seems like every other post is detailing a terrible accident involving someone walking in or outside a crosswalk and being struck by a car. What's worse, the majority of these serious Southern Nevada pedestrian auto accidents result in the pedestrian (and sometimes car passengers) being hurt or killed in the accident. We've even recounted how some activists in the Las Vegas Valley are trying to create a petition that would encourage legislation to limit the number of Clark County pedestrian deaths every year.

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Motorcyclist Killed in Las Vegas Strip Accident

December 09, 2017

Many people flock to the Las Vegas Strip all year round. Tourists have seen it in movies and are excited by the glamour, the lights, and the fancy cars and limos that seem to be a permanent fixture on Las Vegas Boulevard. People pull in to the parking area that lines the walkway to the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, causing traffic to slow down or stop completely. Onlookers snap pictures to showcase their lavish lives on Instagram and Facebook, driving recklessly in the process.

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East Las Vegas Road Has Many Car Crash Injuries

December 07, 2017

Many of our blogs center around Boulder Highway in Southern Nevada, a stretch of road running along the lower half of Las Vegas that is particularly deadly for pedestrians and bicycle riders. Many of our readers may recognize this space as a dangerous and sometimes deadly place to be caught on the road at night. There is another road in Clark County, however, that has given Boulder Highway a run for it's money this last year and for many years before that.

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Advocates Try to Limit Southern Nevada Pedestrian Deaths

December 04, 2017

Serious pedestrian accidents and deaths have been happening way too often in Nevada, and one group of community activists are aiming to stop it. As we've covered in numerous prior blogs, the number of pedestrians killed on Clark County roads is staggering. So many families will never see a brother, dad, son, mother, sister, daughter, cousin, or other relative again because they were walking in or out of a sidewalk in Las Vegas, and they were struck and killed by a car.

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Clark County School Bus Accident Had 59 Kids On Board

November 30, 2017

The first day of school in Southern Nevada and all over the United States can be really trying for parents, for a number of reasons. Often times the first day is a mixed-bag with emotions running high. On the one hand, you're excited for your child to have progressed this far, as every new year of school marks another milestone in your child's emotional, social, and educational development. On the other, parents may be sad that their young ones are growing up and may someday become adults who leave the house relinquishing parents to a life with an empty nest.

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Foodborne Illnesses Common During Holidays in Southern Nevada

November 28, 2017

The holidays will be upon us shortly here in Southern Nevada, and it will be a merry time of year for many. The holiday season is known for the endless shopping and gift-giving that marks the time from Thanksgiving all the way through Christmas. There will be holiday music, parties, and time spent with family and friends. Almost ever present with the cheer and the spirit of this special time, is food. Whether it's cookies or eggnog, to any other traditional holiday fare, food is always a part of festivities when people gather.

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Pedestrian in Wheelchair Killed in DUI Accident

November 26, 2017

This story encompasses a double-whammy of the dangerous behavior the is ever present in Southern Nevada and on Clark County roads. On the blog here at Benson and Bingham, we recently discussed the overwhelming numbers of pedestrian casualties in Nevada and Las Vegas in particular, outlining a recent article that announced that 2017 was the deadliest year for pedestrians in Southern Nevada ever recorded.

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Henderson House Fire Causes Estimated $100,000 in Damage

November 25, 2017

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and enjoy some food and fun with the family. For some, this may mean traveling to other cities to see loved ones that live far away. For others, this could be a time to go to a relative's or friend's house in the same town to celebrate the holiday. For some Las Vegas and Henderson locals, they enjoy hosting Thanksgiving dinner in their home with the people they care about most. One Southern Nevada family, however, had a frightening Thanksgiving when they returned home to find their kitchen filled with smoke and engulfed in flames.

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Hit and Run Accident Kills Pedestrian on Las Vegas Boulevard

November 23, 2017

Even though the team at Benson and Bingham just recently recounted the breaking story about the highest pedestrian deaths on record in Clark County three days ago, there have been even more people walking on Southern Nevada roads who were struck by a car and have since, perished. Multiple pedestrians have been involved in a traffic fatality auto accident in Las Vegas, Henderson, and Summerlin over the past few days, with police responding and pronouncing victims dead on the scene.

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Casino Fire Breaks Out In Downtown Las Vegas

November 20, 2017

Downtown Las Vegas sees a lot of activity this time of year. Travel to Southern Nevada peaks around the holidays, with family and friends who travel to visit Las Vegas locals trekking to visit and seeking out food and nightlife. A prime destination for locals and out of town visitors alike is the Freemont Street experience located in old Las Vegas. The Freemont Street Experience encompasses several bars, kiosks, gift shops, restaurants, and a multitude of casinos that boast of the very best nightlife and lodging Clark County has to offer, without the major price-tag associated with the Strip.

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Pedestrian Fatalities Higher Than Ever in Clark County

November 18, 2017

According to a report published last week by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, last Thursday marks the absolute deadliest year for pedestrians in documented Clark County history. At Benson and Bingham attorneys at law, we outline cases every month of pedestrians being run over or struck by a car in either Las Vegas, Henderson, or Summerlin in Nevada. Much more go undocumented on our blog, both so that we can cover incidences in Clark County of another nature and also so that our blog continues to be diverse in the stories we tell.

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Two Critically Injured in Southern Nevada Car Crash

November 14, 2017

Las Vegas, one of those cities where an injury accident takes place almost, if not every, day. On this blog, we've documented every type of Southern Nevada injury auto accident there is, and know that there will be many more to recount before the year is through. Benson and Bingham attorneys at law would like to urge those that are on Clark County roadways to drive safely and to stay attentive and within the speed limit while operating a motor vehicle. There have been many lives lost due to traffic fatalities in Las Vegas, Henderson, and Summerlin.

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Toddler Injured After Being Attacked By a Dog

November 10, 2017

Animal attacks happen all too often in Las Vegas. Dog bites are often the worst of these reported attacks because it can leave residual physical and mental scarring on the victim and the victim's family. Frequently in cases of individuals being attacked and hurt by dogs, it is almost always children who are bitten and who suffer the most serious injuries.

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Two Injured In Las Vegas Taxi Accident

November 08, 2017

Although many people don't know this, taxi-related auto accidents are an almost daily occurrence in Clark County. Las Vegas is a major tourist destination, and even though Uber and Lyft are now driving tourists to and from their locations, taxi cabs still rule the road in Southern Nevada. Taxis are prevalent in all parts of the Las Vegas Valley from Henderson to Summerlin and everywhere in-between,  but there is no area in Clark County that is more saturated with traffic from taxi cabs than the Las Vegas strip.

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Nevada’s Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance Increase; Effective July 1, 2018

November 06, 2017

Currently under Nevada law (NRS 485.3091) an individual must have a minimum owner’s policy of liability insurance with limits of $15,000\$30,000\$10,000.

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Las Vegas Local Killed in Car Wreck

November 05, 2017

With the combination of alcohol and other substances being commonplace in Las Vegas and Henderson, car accidents are a frequent, sometimes deadly occurrence. With thousands of DUI arrests every year, Southern Nevada sees its fair share of fender-benders, injury auto accident, and traffic fatalities. Although the culture of drinking and partying is an easy cultural phenomenon to point to when things get dangerous on Clark County roadways, driving under the influence isn't always the cause of the frequent car crashes that plague Las Vegas and surrounding areas.

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Check Your Fire Extinguisher- Over 40 Million Involved in Product Recall

November 03, 2017

Product recalls are a specialized area of law where liability is called into question for manufacturers and retailers. In this case, a particularly important product is being recalled with serious consequences for buyers if they end up with a defective product. Can you imagine a piece of safety equipment that you only use in an emergency that you absolutely need to work when you pull it out? If you pictured a fire extinguisher, then you have a gruesome yet accurate imagination. This recall stands to impact millions of consumers.

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Pedestrian Killed By Car in Central Las Vegas

October 30, 2017

Jaywalking is a citable offense in Las Vegas, and can mean that even if a pedestrian is seriously hurt after they were hit by a car, they can be held at fault for causing an accident on Clark County roadways. Jaywalking is sometimes referred to as "walking without the right to do so", and can have dire consequences for the pedestrian.

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Bicyclist Killed in Deadly Henderson Car Crash

October 29, 2017

Most likely due to its moderate temperature and beautifully sunny weather, Las Vegas and Henderson have a significant amount of bike riders on the road. Whether cyclists are out riding as a more environmentally friendly way to commute to and from work, or just enjoying a beautiful day with the family ride, the biking community in Southern Nevada is prevalent on any day of the week. Although the numbers of Las Vegas cyclists are growing each year, there have also been growing numbers of cyclists involved in injury auto accidents in Clark County.

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