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Fatal Las Vegas motorcycle accident leads to felony DUI charge

We recently discussed the increase in motorcycle deaths in the Las Vegas area. Sadly, that trend is continuing. A 41-year-old Las Vegas man is facing felony DUI charges in an April 14 accident that killed a motorcyclist. Metro Police say the 40-year-old victim, also a Las Vegas resident, lost control of his motorcycle when the defendant failed to yield at a blinking yellow light before turning left onto Hacienda Avenue from northbound Pecos Road.

According to police, the victim was traveling southbound on Pecos and had the green light. However, when the SUV driver allegedly failed to yield, he fell off his motorcycle and slid under the man's Ford Explorer. He died from his injuries at the hospital.

Car accidents decrease, while motorcycle accident incidents rise

Metro Police are reporting that they are seeing a reduction in the number of traffic accidents in the Las Vegas, Nevada, area, but the Southern Nevada Traffic Safety Council is not celebrating yet. Motorcycle accidents are on the rise, which is the reason for the lack of celebration.

Motorcycle crashes that were deadly are up 14 percent this year from last year. A lieutenant says that motorcycles are smaller, so drivers must be aware of motorcycles around them.

Fair question: Are car makers selling or recalling more vehicles?

News flash: A global auto manufacturer has just announced a safety recall to address a number of issues with its vehicles, including a problem that that could keep air bags from properly deploying in car accidents.

Wait a minute: Haven’t we already heard that story?

Indeed, we have, but that is certainly not preventing a repeat performance. General Motors announced successive massive recalls recently to deal with a faulty ignition switch that has prevented air bags from properly working. That defect has been implicated in a number of car accident fatalities. Now comes Toyota Motor Corporation, virtually on the heels of GM’s announcement, stating that it too has a few vehicles it needs to recall in Nevada and nationally.

Spinal cord research findings viewed as transformative

Now there is hope.

"Hope" is the operative word often used in discussions and research focused on spinal cord injuries (SCIs), which are often devastating for afflicted individuals and their families.

Although research efforts aimed at restoring movement to persons who are paralyzed have often had considerable amounts of funding and an abundance of bright minds behind them, results have been mixed. There has always been a strong feeling among many people in Nevada and nationally that individuals with no feeling or movement in their lower limbs owing to paralysis will remain permanently paralyzed.

Rear-view cameras: NHTSA takes step forward with rule proposal

Although all motor vehicle accidents involving fatalities or serious injuries are truly tragic in nature, one type of preventable accident particularly resonates with many people, namely, instances where a driver backing up strikes a pedestrian who he or she simply doesn’t see.

The reason: In a disproportionately high number of cases, the victims in back-over motor vehicle accidents are young children. In far too many instances, too, they are elderly pedestrians, often over the age of 70.

Officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated in a report several years ago that more than 200 people across the country die each year after they are struck by a reversing motorist.

Focus: more accuracy needed in crash-related death certificates

A number of media reports this week are zeroing in on a significant statistical disconnect that could be contributing to a material understating of traffic deaths caused by drunk drivers nationally.

Specifically, researchers reviewing motor vehicle accidents are pointing to a notable disparity that exists between alcohol-related information relevant to crashes that is compiled by a federal agency and the causes of death in crashes listed on death certificates across the country,

Commercial truckers' electronic logs: rulemaking process slogs on

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has been acutely focused for years on commercial truck drivers’ handwritten logs that chronicle their work days spent behind the wheel, as well as related rest breaks and sleep periods.

The bottom line with the federal regulatory agency has always been this: Paper logs are far from inherently trustworthy. In fact, they enable many problem drivers to flatly lie about how many hours a week they work, thus contributing to a commercial trucking culture marked by too many fatigued operators.

The result, say FMCSA officials, is obvious and readily seen through perusal of truck accident statistics, which indicate that tired or otherwise impaired drivers are centrally involved in many big-rig crashes across the country.

2014: Thus far, a year of dire safety concerns for General Motors

Unsurprisingly, given its gargantuan size and the overwhelming variety of products it offers, global auto manufacturing titan General Motors sells a lot of cars, trucks and SUVs in Nevada.

And, now, in tandem with that, it is recalling a large number of them.

Regular readers of this blog will know something about that. In fact, a good many of them who own Chevrolet Cobalts or Pontiac G5s might have already responded to a recall issued last month focused on an ignition-switch problem that has allegedly been a key factor in the sudden stalling out of many vehicles.

Daylight savings time: one big national yawn

One person losing an hour of sleep seemingly merits no attention at all.

It’s certainly a different story, though, when that single hour is extrapolated about 300 million times.

Persons reading this blog post in Nevada and elsewhere -- and likely yawning while they are doing so -- know immediately where the story line is going.

Study: Instead of disparaging older drivers, try emulating them

American drivers aged 70 and older comprise a driving demographic that is commonly perceived by many younger motorists as being a comparatively high-risk group.

That perception needs to change.

In fact, many of the stereotypes regarding older drivers in Nevada and elsewhere across the country need to be flatly revisited and quickly rejected, say researchers from the national group Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The bottom line: Not only do the country’s most seasoned drivers continue to perform adequately when engaged behind the wheel, but they are also statistically proven to pose less of a fatal car accident risk than are middle-aged motorists.

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