Nevada car crashes are usually caused by human negligence, an there are a few common factors. One of the most common is distracted driving, with many choosing to multitask rather than concentrate on the road. Distracting activities include calling, texting, using a navigation system, eating, drinking, applying makeup and even talking with other passengers.
Nevada residents have a tendency to do a lot of things on their phones that don't involve talking. Habits like this aren't necessarily anything to worry about -- unless the phone user is also driving. A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety compared the habits of drivers in 2014 and 2018. Researchers found that nearly 60 percent of 2018 drivers were more likely to be preoccupied with phone-related tasks such as texting and emailing. However, they were less prone to be seen using or holding hand-held phones.
Many people in Nevada choose to use ridesharing services after a night out. They should know that many of these drivers are independent contractors who work long shifts after completing other jobs. A study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine suggests that drowsiness may pose a risk for rideshare operators.
Despite the efforts of law enforcement and aggressive public service campaigns, the number of car crashes in Nevada has not gone down. The Nevada Department of Public Safety has found that the number of car crash fatalities went up to 331 in 2018, marking a 10-year high. 226 of those people were killed in Clark County. The biggest year-to-month increase was in August, which saw 36 fatalities compared to 16 in 2017.
Nevada residents should know that those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder suffer from inattention and impaired impulse control and are thus more prone to auto accidents. A study of more than 2.3 million people conducted back in 2017 and published in JAMA Psychiatry shows, however, that medicated ADHD patients are much less likely to be in a crash that non-medicated individuals.
Nevada residents may have plenty of reasons to celebrate the period of time between Thanksgiving and Super Bowl Sunday. However, it can also be a time in which people are more likely to either pursue a lawsuit or be named in one. This is because individuals tend to drink more during holiday parties and big events such as Super Bowl watch parties.
Residents of Las Vegas know how common it is for people to drive drunk. Even at the legal limit of 0.08 percent, the presence of alcohol in the system leads to slower reaction times, impaired depth perception and poor peripheral vision. Drunk driving crashes often turn out fatal; in fact, about one-third of all deaths resulting from traffic injuries stem from DUI crashes. Common causes of death include head trauma and excessive blood loss.
Car accidents in Nevada involving some type of impact often contribute to soft tissue injuries. These are injuries that affect non-bony body parts like muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The extent of damage to these tissues can range from minor sprains or strains to serious tears that could require surgical correction. Some car crash victims simply have general soreness that lasts for a brief period of time, while others with soft tissue injuries have more persistent and disruptive pain.
Drivers in Nevada should know that the World Health Organization has ranked traffic accidents eighth among the world's leading causes of death. The situation is especially bad in low-income countries where 13 percent of all fatal traffic crashes occur. Africa and Southeast Asia see the highest death rates. More than half of all traffic fatalities are pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists.
Testing conducted in the airbag industry in 2018 shows that injuries in car accidents can be reduced by up to 40 percent with the use of external airbags. In Nevada, accidents account for thousands of serious injuries per year, and safety authorities are constantly looking for new solutions. External airbags, which are designed to serve as an additional crumple zone, could prove to be a major safety improvement if implemented in new car manufacturing.