Summer Weather Means More Drivers (and Accidents) in Nevada

When the weather in Nevada gets warmer, the number of drivers on the state’s roads and highways increases. The reason behind this uptick in motorists could be due to out-of-state tourists visiting or local residents traveling on vacation. No matter the underlying cause, Nevada’s roadways and highways become much more congested during the spring and summer seasons than any other times of the year. 

Staying Safe on Nevada’s Roads

It should come as no surprise that an increase in traffic on Nevada’s roads not only makes you late to work, or wherever else you are going, but also increases your risk of being involved in a car accident and getting hurt. There are, however, several proactive steps you can take to help keep yourself and your loved ones safe during the warm season in Nevada. These include:

  • Checking on traffic prior to leaving: Not only should you map your route before you leave using a GPS or smartphone, but you should also look at traffic trends to find the fastest route to your destination with the least amount of traffic congestion;

  • Routinely perform vehicle maintenance: Extreme temperature (whether hot or cold) can cause damage to your vehicle. Be sure to have plenty of coolant to avoid your engine from overheating and check your tire pressure so that you do not end up with a blown-out tire due to hot weather;

  • Keep distractions to a minimum: Warm weather can result in driving with the windows down, the music blasted, and loud conversations with passengers, all of which may be fun in the summer but can reduce a driver’s focus on the most important task.

  • Do not leave children or pets unattended: It does not matter if you are just running errands and will only be away for a minute. Temperatures inside vehicles can drop or peak to fatal levels in a short amount of time.

Monetary Compensation in Your Nevada Accident

While taking the above precautionary measures can help keep you and your loved ones safer on Nevada’s roads and highways during the spring and summer seasons, it is not a guarantee against negligent drivers. If you are hurt in a Nevada car accident due to the fault of another, you may be able to seek monetary compensation for injuries suffered. This can include compensation referred as economic damages to cover lost past and future wages, property damage, medical bills, and other financial losses. Other compensation, referred to as noneconomic damages, includes payment for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, or loss of consortium, among other things. If the defendant acted particularly malicious and with willful and wanton disregard, punitive damages, meant to punish the at-fault party, may also be awarded. 

Legal Help in Nevada

If you or someone you are about has been hurt in a car accident through no fault of your own, contact the personal injury lawyers at Parry & Pfau. Our skilled Las Vegas attorneys know what it takes to build a strong case for accident victims like you. Let us fight for the monetary compensation to which you are entitled.

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