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November 2018 Archives

Braking features can make roads safer

Driving on Nevada roads can be a lot safer when a vehicle is equipped with an emergency braking system. This is according to research from the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety. The non-profit gathered its data by looking at crash statistics on General Motors brand vehicles from model years 2013 through 2015. During this time period, the emergency braking feature was optional on most vehicles that were involved in the study.

NSC releases preliminary 2017 traffic accident fatality figures

Motor vehicle accidents in Nevada and around the country claimed 40,100 lives in 2017 according to preliminary data from the National Safety Council. This represents a modest fall of 1 percent over 2016 figures, but it also marks the second consecutive year that road deaths have surpassed 40,000. Advocacy groups like the NSC are unlikely to celebrate the news as it reveals that efforts to improve road safety after the sharpest two-year rise in accident fatalities in more than half a century have been largely ineffective.

Construction begins on 17th Las Vegas Strip pedestrian bridge

Officials in Nevada have announced that work has started on what will be the 17th pedestrian bridge over the Las Vegas Strip. The new bridge will link the Showcase Mall, which is located directly in front of the MGM Grand, and Park MGM. The bridge is expected to cost $16.9 million to build and will feature elevators and escalators at both ends to make the crossing less physically challenging for pedestrians.

Accidents kill more younger people than disease

People in Nevada might be surprised to learn that leading cause of death for many Americans is not heart disease or cancer. In fact, it is not a disease at all. Unintentional injuries cause more deaths for people aged 1 year to 44 years than anything else. According to the Centers for Disease Control, car accidents account for a large portion of those accidental deaths.

The dangers of nighttime driving

Data from the National Safety Council suggests that drivers in Nevada and around the country are three times more likely to crash during the nighttime hours. Experts say that this increased accident risk is largely a result of reduced visibility and glare from oncoming headlights. They also point out that quiet nighttime roads add to the dangers as they encourage drivers to exceed posted speed limits.

Driving safely in winter weather conditions

Motorists in Nevada may not see as much snow as some other parts of the country do during the winter months. Even so, it never hurts to be prepared for changing weather and road conditions. This is why the American Automobile Association (AAA) offers several helpful tips for diligent drivers looking to reduce their personal injury risk when driving in severe conditions that may include slick spots and/or reduced visibility caused by freezing rain, snow, and ice.

Bright sunlight and driving safely

One issue many drivers in Nevada encounter when on the road is driving in bright sunlight. The bright light of a rising or setting sun is a direct cause of many motor vehicle accidents. However, there are some steps drivers can take to drive safety while having to drive in direct sunlight.

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