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Understanding Nevada Distracted Driving Laws

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If you’ve spent any time on Nevada’s roads, you’ve probably seen plenty of distracted drivers. Distracted driving includes texting while driving, talking on handheld phones, checking social media, eating, shaving, painting fingernails, reading, and other things that take a driver’s attention away from the road and their hands off the wheel. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association, these actions – while behind the wheel – caused over 3,100 fatalities in 2017. Lane departure accidents, which are often caused by distracted motorists, caused 517 fatalities in Nevada from 2011 to 2015, per data provided by the Nevada Department of Public Safety.

Have you been hurt in a crash caused by someone who was looking at their phone, or fiddling with their car’s radio? The Las Vegas distracted driving accident lawyers at Paul Padda Law can help you. To schedule a free consultation of your case, contact us today at (702) 366-1888.

Distracted Driving Laws

Like many other states, the Nevada Legislature has passed laws to try and prevent distracted driving accidents. On January 1, 2012, it became illegal to text while driving, or to talk on a handheld phone behind the wheel. Drivers must use hands-free devices when talking on their phones. Drivers caught violating these laws face fines of up to $250, and potential driver’s license suspension.

Even with fines in place that can cost them money, and in spite of statistics that highlight how many accidents are caused by negligent driving behaviors, some people still drive while using their phones. You can help keep yourself and your family safe from accidents caused by distracted drivers by staying alert while you are on the road.

How to Recognize a Distracted Driver

Vehicles driven by distracted drivers exhibit certain common characteristics and signs. They drift or weave in and out of lanes. They slow down and speed up instead of keeping a steady pace. You may even see a driver with their head staring down, rather than looking ahead at the road. If you observe a car showing signs that a distracted driver may be behind the wheel, stay safely away from the vehicle, because like harm incurred in any car accident, injuries caused by distracted driving accidents can be severe.

Sometimes drivers who understand the serious dangers caused by distracted driving are tempted to pick up their phones to read texts or answer calls. Sometimes people feel uncomfortable if they don’t respond right away to friends or family trying to reach them. You can avoid this by setting up automatic messaging on your phone that tells others you are driving and will get back to them later.

Distracted Driving Injuries

Contact a Las Vegas personal injury attorney at our firm today if you’ve incurred any of the following due to an accident with a distracted driver:

  • Broken bones
  • Internal bleeding
  • Ruptured organs
  • Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Whiplash
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Sprains and strains
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Scarring

These kinds of injuries can require significant medical treatment, and you may miss time at work while you recover, which leads to more money lost out of your pocket. An experienced attorney who understands Nevada’s distracted driving laws will fight for you to be compensated for your injuries if the driver who caused your accident is found to be negligent.

Contact Paul Padda Law for Help Today

There is no shortage of distracted drivers in Las Vegas, Clark County, and around the state. These motorists make the roads more dangerous for everyone. If you’ve been injured because of a distracted driver’s negligence, reach out to the experienced attorneys at Paul Padda Law right away. We aggressively pursue the rights of people who are injured because of another person’s careless behavior behind the wheel. For a free, initial evaluation of your case, call (702) 366-1888 today, or reach out through the online form.


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Paul Padda, a former federal prosecutor, is the founder of Paul Padda Law: a law firm based in Las Vegas Nevada representing plaintiffs throughout the nation in personal injury and other civil cases. With over 15 years experience litigating in federal and state court, Paul has a proven track record of success, including obtaining one of the largest jury verdicts in Nevada history. A first generation American, Paul is dedicated and committed to helping his clients navigate the legal system and take on large and powerful interests. A lawyer who truly cares, Paul provides individualized and compassionate attention to each and every one of his clients.

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