Did You Know That a Stopped Vehicle Is Dangerous?

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    August 10 2021

    Did You Know That a Stopped Vehicle Is Dangerous?

    Have you ever broken down on the side of the road? Did the cars whizzing by make you nervous? Your nerves may have been trying to warn you that a stopped vehicle is dangerous. Every year, stopped vehicle crashes result in hundreds of fatalities. Read on as we look at a disabled vehicle analysis highlighting the dangers of stopped vehicles. We will also provide Nevada’s move over law.

    We hope the below discussion helps you understand the safety risks a stopped vehicle can pose for everyone. If you are involved in a car accident involving a stopped vehicle, contact an experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive maximum compensation.

    Anthem Injury Lawyers in Las Vegas has a dedicated team of lawyers and staff ready to help you win your personal injury case. Insurance companies are not motivated to pay you significant compensation. You need an experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer to fight for your rights. Our personal injury lawyers offer over 25 years of experience winning compensation in personal injury cases. Your choice of a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer is one of the most consequential decisions you will ever make. Don’t go it alone – make the right choice and have our experienced Las Vegas car accident lawyers put our knowledge and expertise to work for you, so you can receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

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    Disabled Vehicles Analysis

    A recent analysis looked into crashes involving disabled vehicles. The study is entitled:

    Frequency and cost of crashes, fatalities, and injuries involving disabled vehicles

    Published in March 2021, the objective of the study was to do the following:

    • Quantify the total number and cost of crashes, fatalities, and injuries that could be addressed by improved conspicuity of disabled vehicles to approaching traffic.

    Methods

    The study utilized the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and the Crash Report Sampling System (CRSS). It defined three crash scenarios where a disabled or stopped vehicle was not sufficiently conspicuous and the low conspicuity resulted in injury or death. The three crash scenarios are as follows:

    1. Moving vehicle strikes a non-moving vehicle following an initial event.
    2. Pedestrian is struck while tending to a disabled or stopped vehicle.
    3. A vehicle departs the roadway and crashes unnoticed and rescue initiation is delayed significantly.

    Findings

    The disabled vehicle analysis highlighted the risks posed to a driver in a disabled or stopped vehicle. The analysis found the following:

    • Annually, between the years 2016 and 2018, an estimated 71,693 people were involved in low conspicuity emergency events. This included 566 fatalities and 14,371 injuries.
    • These crashes result in an annual estimated $8.8 billion in societal costs.
    • Motorists who exited their vehicles to attend to their vehicle were at a heightened risk for severe injuries or death.

    Nevada’s Move Over Law

    States have passed move over laws in an effort to keep everyone on and off the road safe. These laws require drivers to pull over in response to certain situations. Under Nevada’s move over law, a driver must slow down when approaching any traffic incident.

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.607 is Nevada’s move over law. We have printed its full text below.

    Nevada Revised Statute 484B.607

    1. Upon approaching any traffic incident, the driver of the approaching vehicle shall, in the absence of other direction given by a law enforcement officer:

    (a) Decrease the speed of the vehicle to a speed that is reasonable and proper, pursuant to the criteria set forth in subsection 1 of NRS 484B.600

    (b) Proceed with caution;

    (c) Be prepared to stop; and

    (d) If possible, drive in a lane that is not adjacent to the lane or lanes where the traffic incident is located unless roadway, traffic, weather or other conditions make doing so unsafe or impossible.

    1. A person who violates subsection 1 is guilty of a misdemeanor.
    2. As used in this section, “traffic incident” means any vehicle, person, condition or other traffic hazard which is located on or near a roadway and which poses a danger to the flow of traffic or to a person involved in, responding to or assisting with the traffic hazard. The term includes, without limitation:

    (a) An authorized emergency vehicle which is stopped and is making use of flashing lights meeting the requirements of subsection 3 of NRS 484A.480;

    (b) A tow car which is stopped and is making use of flashing amber warning lights meeting the requirements of NRS 484B.748 or lamps that emit non flashing blue light meeting the requirements of NRS 484D.475, or both;

    (c) An authorized vehicle used by the Department of Transportation which is stopped or moving at a speed slower than the normal flow of traffic and which is making use of flashing amber warning lights meeting the requirements of subsection 1 of NRS 484D.185 or lamps that emit non flashing blue light meeting the requirements of NRS 484D.200;

    (d) A vehicle, owned or operated by a person who contracts with the Department of Transportation to provide aid to motorists or to mitigate traffic incidents, which is stopped or moving at a speed slower than the normal flow of traffic and making use of lamps that emit non flashing blue light meeting the requirements of NRS 484D.200;

    (e) A public utility vehicle which is stopped or moving at a speed slower than the normal flow of traffic and is making use of flashing amber warning lights meeting the requirements of NRS 484D.195;

    (f) An authorized vehicle of a local governmental agency which is stopped or moving at a speed slower than the normal flow of traffic and is making use of flashing amber warning lights meeting the requirements of NRS 484D.185;

    (g) Any vehicle which is stopped or moving at a speed slower than the normal flow of traffic and is making use of flashing amber warning lights meeting the requirements of NRS 484D.185;

    (h) A crash scene;

    (i) A stalled vehicle;

    (j) Debris on the roadway; or

    (k) A person who is out of his or her vehicle attending to a repair of the vehicle.

    We hope you stay safe on and off the road. Any time you approach a traffic incident, slow down and proceed with caution. You could save a life.

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    We have over 25 years of experience specializing in personal injury claims. That is exactly the level of experience you need to win your personal injury case. Going it alone is not recommended when it comes to pursuing top compensation in your Las Vegas car accident case. Time is of the essence when pursuing vehicle accident cases. Do not wait. Now is the best time to schedule your appointment with us to discuss the details about your Las Vegas area car accident. Have our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers examine the facts and learn about your case. We will fight for your rights and help you get the compensation you deserve as an accident victim. See why our Las Vegas lawyers give you the best opportunity to win significant compensation: we have won many cases like yours for our clients Call Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

     

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