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April 2019 Archives

Study: drivers distracted by social media, including memes

Phones are a major source of distraction, as most drivers in Nevada know, and a recent online study has found out just what sort of phone-related distractions are common. Nearly 2,000 drivers across the country responded to the study, which was conducted by market research firm Wakefield Research, and it was calculated that these respondents use their phones daily for an average of 13 minutes behind the wheel.

Latin star and record label in contract dispute

Even well-known celebrities with major Las Vegas shows can run into serious problems with their contracts. In one case, Mexican-American performer Gerardo Ortiz filed a lawsuit against Del Records, his previous record label. The singer says that the company breached its contract with him, misappropriated his likeness and committed fraud when it was responsible for publishing his material and serving as his personal representative. The suit came as a counter-claim to another complaint filed by Del Records against Ortiz.

Crash tests reveal pickup truck safety flaws

Pickup trucks with two rows of seats are popular choices for vehicle buyers in Nevada because they offer a good combination of space, durability and value, but a recent series of crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have revealed that many of them do a poor job of protecting front-seat passengers in an accident. After testing the latest pickup trucks from General Motors, Ford, Dodge, Toyota, Nissan and Honda, only the Ford F-150, Nissan Titan and Dodge Ram 1500 earned a good rating for passenger safety.

Stagehand dies at Coachella due to accident

A stagehand that worked with the company Goldenvoice died this year at Coachella after a serious accident. Coachella is a large music festival that attracts music lovers everywhere from Nevada to across the Atlantic Ocean. The festival takes place during two weekends every April and attracts more than 100,000 attendants as well as dozens of artists. The 2019 version of the festival is considered the 20th anniversary of the event.

Self-driving cars may not be ready for the road

Autonomous vehicles are talked about as a way to make Nevada roads safer. However, it is not clear if these vehicles are ready to be fully released to the public. According to a report from the Rand Corporation, such vehicles may need millions or billions of additional test miles before they can be deemed safe and reliable. In many cases, it could take decades or centuries before car companies can meet this threshold.

Survey shows many drivers distracted by emergency vehicles

When emergency vehicles are parked by the side of the road, drivers almost always tend to get distracted. Nevada residents should know that the National Safety Council and the Emergency Responder Safety Institute conducted a survey regarding this trend; below are some of the results.

IIHS study: speed limit increase has led to more fatal crashes

The nationwide 55-mph speed limit was abolished back in 1995; since then, 41 states, including Nevada, have raised the speed limit on their highways to at least 70 mph. Seven states have adopted an 80-mph speed limit on some highways. Six have raised the speed limit since 2013. At the same time, the number of traffic fatalities, though not as high as it was in the early 1990s, has been climbing ever since the low it saw in 2011.

Protecting one's business from premises liability claims

Business owners in California and elsewhere have a duty to maintain a reasonably safe property for lawful entrants. In some cases, even trespassers have a right to a safe property. Business owners are responsible even when they do not own the premises. If they do not implement adequate safety policies and procedures, they may find themselves facing a premises liability lawsuit from someone who is injured on their property.

Travelers survey explores the reasons for distracted driving

Nevada residents may be interested in the results of the 2019 Travelers Risk Index from the Travelers Companies. Based on a survey of more than 2,000 consumers and executives, it reveals some crucial data concerning distracted driving. Forty-four percent admitted to texting or sending emails, while 23 percent admitted to using social media. Twenty-two percent would record videos or take pictures behind the wheel.

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