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More parental driver education may reduce Nevada teen accidents

Parents of Nevada teens often turn over their cars and keys to their young drivers with a fair amount of fear, and rightly so. The Nevada Department of Public Safety reports that in 2012, Clark County drivers between 16 and 20 years-old were involved in over 7,000 accidents. In over 4,000, the driver was at fault.

A mother who faced the worst-case scenario is working to make teen drivers safer. Her 15-year-old daughter was killed while riding with a 16-year-old driver and several other teens. The driver, who was speeding, lost control of his truck, struck a wall and flipped over.

Brain injuries are complex and life-altering

Having a day during which you forget almost everything likely seems like a nightmare, but for some people with traumatic brain injuries, that nightmare is a reality. For people who suffered from these serious brain injuries, short-term memory, long-term memory and basic life skills might be affected. All of these can have a negative impact on the victim's life.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a serious brain injury in a car accident, on-the-job accident or any other type of accident, you might know all too well the profound way life is altered after the accident. One of the most important things to do after you suffer from a head injury is to seek medical treatment. This medical treatment, however, doesn't come without making a financial impact.

Nevada transient taken to hospital in critical condition

Drivers and pedestrians all have to be aware of what is going around them if they want to help everyone on and near the roadways remain safe. When you think about the speed of vehicles plus their size in relation to that of pedestrians, it is easy to see just how badly pedestrians can be injured if they are struck by a vehicle.

Recently, a transient in the North Las Vegas area was struck by a car at the intersection of North 5th Street and East Lake Mead Boulevard. His injuries are considered life-threatening. It is believed that the man was in a crosswalk when he was struck; however, he was walking against a red light.

Motorcycle helmets, safety and Nevada law

Nevada is one of 19 states that, along with Washington, D.C., have universal helmet laws, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That means that all motorcyclists are required to wear a helmet. Laws in another 28 states require them only for some motorcyclists. Only three states have no helmet laws. These are Iowa, Illinois and New Hampshire.

Nevada's helmet law covers riders of all motorcycles, including some that are considered "low-power" cycles. Riders of motorcycles that have brake horsepower of more than two, engine displacement of more than 50 cubic centimeters and speed capability of at least 30 miles per hour are required to wear a helmet. Other states vary on their requirements for low-power cycles.

How is the spinal cord injured?

Most people don't give much thought to their spinal cord until they or someone they know suffers an injury to it. Then they realize just what a vital, complicated and fragile part of the body it is.

The spinal cord, like the brain, is part of the central nervous system. Going from the base of the brain to just above the waist, it is comprised of soft tissue surrounded by vertebrae. Tracts of nerves carry messages to your body from the brain. Sensory tract signals make you feel temperature and pain. Motor tract signals control your muscles.

Suspected impaired driver causes rollover car accident, 1 injured

Most rollover accidents that you hear about in the news are single-car accidents, but there are some instances in which a rollover accident is part of a two-car accident. A recent accident in Nevada is one of the two-car accidents that ended with one of the vehicles rolling over. Sadly, one of the drivers was critically injured in this car accident.

The driver of a Subaru Impreza was in the middle southbound lane of Jones Boulevard. That driver slammed into the Chevrolet Venture in front of it. The evidence from the accident, as well as statements from witnesses, show that that Subaru hadn't tried to slow down before it hit the vehicle. The impact of the crash caused the Venture to go into the center median. It then stopped in the northbound lanes after it rolled over.

3-car crash blocks 3 lanes of I-80 in Nevada

A car accident in Nevada involved three different vehicles, according to a spokesperson for the police, and it had a serious impact on traffic. The wreck took place out on I-80, near the point where it meets up with Wells Avenue, and it blocked off three lanes of traffic. All three lanes were on the eastbound portion of the interstate.

Police said that the reason that it was slowing traffic down so much and the reason why the cleanup process was not faster was that one car had spun sideways in the wreck. There are five lanes at that point in the road, though, and the Nevada Highway Patrol also said that two of those lanes -- the inside one and the lane on the right that is for the nearby exit -- had not been blocked. While this slowed traffic, cars were able to get around in those lanes.

Motorcycle accident on Interstate 80 claims life of man

The flow of traffic should always be a guide for drivers who are in congested traffic areas. Trying to speed around the slower traffic or trying to make unsafe maneuvers can lead to serious accidents. When motorcycle riders are in the area, those accidents can turn fatal in an instant. A traffic accident that happened along Interstate 80 in Nevada during a time of traffic congestion recently claimed the life of a 59-year-old man.

The man, who was riding a motorcycle, was struck by a PT Cruiser. That PT cruiser also first hit a Toyota Camry that was trying to avoid hitting a vehicle that had slowed down due to the stopped traffic. After being thrown from his motorcycle, he was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center following the Wednesday motorcycle accident. He remained in the hospital until his death the following Sunday.

Car accident on Las Vegas Boulevard kills Nevada bicyclist

People who ride bicycles around Clark County should be able to do so safely, but there are some instances in which drivers don't pay attention to the bicycle riders who are on the roadways. A recent accident on Las Vegas Boulevard South between a bicycle and a Nissan sedan claimed the life of the bicycle rider.

The 41-year-old male bicycle rider was taken to University Medical Center following the accident near Frias Avenue. He died at the hospital.

New law seeks to reduce football-related brain injuries

Parents of students in Nevada who play contact sports are increasingly concerned about their children's safety -- and with good reason. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, close to 4 million high school students suffer head injuries throughout the country every year. Increasing precautions are being taken to protect teens and even younger kids from potentially life-changing injuries.

Now California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a law that aims to help reduce the number of concussions and other types of brain injuries suffered by young football players. The law, which will take effect at the beginning of next year, limits the number of full-contact football practices that middle and high school teams can have. This makes our neighbors to the west the 20th state to ban off-season full-contact practices.

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