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Groups studying methods to reduce accidents in Las Vegas

Various efforts underway in the Las Vegas metro area to decrease the amount of motor vehicle accidents happening within the region.
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    February 06, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Every accident will result in some degree of inconvenience for those involved. For some, this may be to wait for police to arrive and fill out an accident report, while others may be forced to spend a significant amount of time dealing with vehicle repairs. In more serious accidents, individuals may suffer injuries that require extensive medical care and recovery time.

In 2013, Las Vegas had 114 people die in motor vehicle accidents, making it one of the few locations in Nevada that actually experienced an increase over 2012 numbers. With motor vehicle accidents such a common occurrence in the Las Vegas area, many groups in the community are trying to find ways to make their roadways safer.

The Southern Nevada Traffic Safety Committee, which includes law enforcement members, elected officials and community advocates, recently met to consider some improvements that can be made in areas where accidents have been happening most frequently.

The group is focusing on three areas where they feel the most improvement is needed: pedestrian safety, motorcycle safety and also increasing the number of motorists who wear their seat belts when operating their vehicles. Officials believe that if improvements can be made in these categories, the number of fatalities will decrease in 2014.

Law enforcement is also promising a more aggressive approach to motorists engaging in potentially dangerous behaviors on area roadways. In 2012, various law enforcement agencies designated certain highways for increased police patrols, leading officers to crack down on those drivers who were placing themselves and other motorists at risk. The number of accidents in these regions declined, leading police to consider rolling it out to other roads in the city.

However, this may not be possible due to the shortage of officers available in Las Vegas. Many communities have very dangerous intersections where people consistently run stop signs or red lights because they are distracted Police are seemingly only able to respond to these problems after a serious accident or a fatality occurs, and by that time, it is already too late.

While these efforts continue, it is important that those involved in a motor vehicle accident understand that they have options if they are injured in a crash. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car, truck, motorcycle, or pedestrian accident, you should speak to an experienced personal injury attorney to learn about your options.

Your attorney can pursue compensation from the parties responsible for your injuries while also protecting you from the actions of aggressive insurance companies. Your main focus at this time should be recovering from your injuries, and you need someone to look out for you while you are receiving this treatment.

Article provided by Henness & Haight, Injury Attorneys
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