Author: Steve Dimopoulos

A Car Crash May Put Your Bladder at Risk

Distracted, careless and aggressive drivers seem to be everywhere these days. As such, even if you have been able to avoid a car crash so far, you may not be able to miss one forever. Unfortunately, 2018 was the deadliest year in the past decade for drivers on Nevada roadways.

An automobile crash does not have to be fatal for it to be serious. On the contrary, there are hundreds of life-altering injuries that you may sustain in a collision. While rare, bladder injuries sometimes occur in single-, double- and multi-car crashes.

The anatomy of your bladder

Because the bladder sits between the pelvic bones, it typically has protection from trauma. That is not always the case, though. If you sustain a blunt-force injury or penetrative one, your bladder may sustain serious damage. After all, the bladder itself does not offer much in the way of protection from injury.

Forces from car accidents

Car crashes can exert a tremendous amount of force on the human body. If you remember from high school physics class, moving objects have kinetic energy. When they stop suddenly, such as during a collision with another object, objects must quickly dispel built-up energy. Further, moving objects continue to move until something stops them.

Seatbelt injuries

While you should always wear your seatbelt, you must realize that seatbelt injuries sometimes occur. In many instances, minor bruising is the result of a high-force impact. Still, your seatbelt may break your pelvic bones or otherwise injure your bladder. Your bladder is at the most risk when it is full. If your bladder breaks during a car accident, you may need surgery. You could also develop an infection.

You probably do not think about your bladder often. Nonetheless, if you are in a car crash, you should worry about the health of your urinary system. Asking a medical professional to examine you soon after any accident is the best way to know whether you have sustained a serious injury.

Rear-End Automobile Collisions Are Often Serious

If you have been driving for any time at all, there is a good chance you have watched another vehicle quickly approach yours in your rearview mirror. While a minor rear-end collision may be inconvenient, many of these types of accidents cause serious bodily injury and extensive property damage.

Citing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Insurance Information Institute reports that 2,350 fatal rear-end collisions occurred in the United States in 2016. Alarmingly, rear-end crashes accounted for more than 6% of all traffic fatalities that year.

Why are rear-end collisions so serious?

The element of surprise

Your car, truck or SUV has at least three mirrors to help you see what is happening behind your vehicle. Still, you likely have a better view out of your windshield and side windows. As such, when you approach a dangerous situation from the front, you may have the option of making evasive maneuvers.

You may also be able to brace yourself for impact. The same is not necessarily true for rear-end collisions. On the contrary, you may find yourself in the middle of one without knowing it was about to occur.

Soft-tissue damage

Adult heads usually weigh around 10 or 11 pounds. To support this weight, your neck has both bone and soft tissue. During a rear-end collision, your body and neck may move forward while your head moves backward. This motion can cause severe damage to nerves, muscles and other soft tissue.

Even worse, while whiplash may cause long-term health consequences, its symptoms may not show up immediately. Accordingly, you may think you have escaped the rear-end collision unscathed only to discover you need extensive rehabilitation to return to normal.

While you may trust your driving skills implicitly, you have little control over other motorists. If another car hits the back of your vehicle, you may sustain a serious injury. By understanding why rear-end collisions are often severe, you can better plan for recovering from one.

4 Tips For Driving in Las Vegas Construction Zones

Construction zones on the road may be annoying as a driver, but they serve a beneficial purpose. In the end, the repairs and safety additions, such as lighting, reduce the number of accidents on the road. This will be the case for east Tropicana Road, which will undergo construction starting in August and ending next fall, reports KTNV.

However, during the upgrade process, accidents are likely to happen because drivers may not know how to drive safely through the area. Follow these tips to reduce the chances of a collision in a construction zone.

1. Keep your distance

According to the Nevada Department of Transportation, rear-end accidents are the most common in highway work zones. Avoid this by creating plenty of distance between you and other vehicles and by following the speed limit so you have enough time and room to slow down and stop when necessary.

2. Follow signs

Work zones can be confusing, so become familiar with what construction road signs mean and follow them. For example, if the lane ends and you need to merge, do so right away instead of waiting until the last minute. Remember to use your turn signal to help other motorists know you are changing lanes.

3. Move over for NDOT vehicles

You may already know to slow down and move over if possible when a flashing emergency vehicle is at the side of the road. Did you know that the law also applies to NDOT vehicles with flashing lights? Failing to reduce your speed and change lanes qualifies as a misdemeanor.

4. Stay alert

None of these tips will be effective if you are distracted while driving. Place your phone in an inaccessible place or use an app that turns off notifications while you are on the road. If helpful, turn down music and eliminate other distractions so you can pay attention to traffic, signs and flaggers. Doing your part not only will lower your accident risk but also absolve you of liability if a collision still occurs.

Phone Addiction as it Relates to Car Accidents

Smartphones have substantially changed people’s lives. It is hard to drive around Las Vegas without seeing at least a few drivers looking at their phones while stopped at a red light. However, it is vital to put the phone down to avoid dangerous traffic collisions. Unfortunately, that endeavor becomes much harder when dealing with a person suffering from phone addiction.

Recent research has shown just how dependent some people have become on their phones. 76.5% of participants in the study self-reported that they have become “addicted” to their phones. 62% of participants checked their cell phones at least 160 times a day. The scary part of this study is how half of the participants said they looked at their phones while driving. It is a scary figure, and drivers need to combat this addiction so everyone can share the road safely.

Looking at smartphones results in a greater number of crashes

There are many ways for drivers to become distracted while driving. However, particular attention has gone toward how often people look at their phones while driving. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that thousands of car accidents happen every year as a result of people looking away from the road to deal with something else in the car. People who cannot help but look at their phones when they receive a notification are at greater risk, so they need to be more proactive about staying safe.

Avoiding car accidents in Las Vegas

There are methods for phone addicts to drive better. There are various apps they can download onto their phones that lock the devices once cars start to travel over a certain speed. Addicts may also want to consider putting the phone in the glove compartment before taking off so they do not feel tempted. With everyone working together, Las Vegas roadways can be safer for everyone.

2 Types of At-Fault Parties That Often Carry Extra Insurance

The responsibility for paying for auto crashes usually stops with insurance. They pay for damage to vehicles, other property and even for injuries to other drivers. The insurance company for the party at fault pays.

It all sounds relatively simple. However, the reality is often much more complicated than the theory. One of the finer points of getting the best possible settlement or court decision for an auto injury is determining exactly how much the party responsible is able to pay. If the offers seem low — less than a collision victim would need to recover from injuries, for example — there could be more than meets the eye in certain cases.

1. Trucking companies

Trucking companies, tourist services and taxi operators usually have a good deal of experience with or knowledge of accident law. They may know that reporting accidents carries a risk: More expensive insurance could increase the cost of doing business and reduce profit margins. As a result, these types of high-risk entities may have insurance that they do not use immediately. In fact, these types of companies often need a little convincing before they decide to use their supplemental insurance policies.

2. Wealthier drivers

Wealthy people generally do not become wealthy by spending money they do not need to. However, part of condensing and maintaining large amounts of money is guarding against risks. Insurance is one of the ways many people do this, and those who have money tend to buy as much insurance as they can reasonably afford.

Supplemental policies carried by these resource-rich parties could cover many types of expenses that standard insurance coverage may not. That could prevent the victim in a crash with a well-insured driver from having to go without treatment or live unassisted with the pain and suffering the injury created.

Nevada Biker Laws

As the weather warms up, more people will look to hit the roads on their bikes. If you are one of them, it is important that you are up to date on Nevada’s biker laws.

These laws are in place to encourage everyone to share the road, as well as to help prevent accidents from occurring. In that vein, there are a few different laws to consider.

Key motorcycle laws

Nevada provides an operation manual that details motorcycle laws, as well as best practices. There are a few requirements to note, such as all riders, including passengers, must wear helmets. Bikers must also hold a valid Class M license, which requires a test and a license fee. As with any automobile, bikers must carry appropriate liability coverage. Teen drivers must also meet additional requirements, including completing a course, logging supervised riding hours and holding a motorcycle instruction permit for at least six months.

Rules of the road

Though you may not be able to avoid negligent drivers altogether, you can help to decrease your personal chances of being involved in an accident or sustaining injuries by following the rules of the road. Along with the biker specific laws, consider the general driving laws that apply to your driving area. For example, bikers must still signal properly and navigate traffic responsibly. With the speed and size of a bike, it can be tempting to bypass certain drivers or traffic situations. However, if doing so would be against the law or possibly dangerous, it is best not to do it. A good rule of thumb is to be a defensive driver, meaning to drive safely for yourself and those around you.

Following the laws will hopefully aid in keeping you safe on the road. However, depending upon your area, it may be beneficial to implement additional measures. Take some time to consider the best means of staying safe before you hit the road.

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