2022 Marks One of Nevada's Deadliest Years on the Roads

Las Vegas Boulevard traffic at a busy intersection.

The latest data on fatal car accidents in Nevada for 2022 has revealed a disturbing trend. State traffic accident figures show 416 statewide traffic-related deaths. That's an increase of 34 fatalities from the preliminary count of 382 reported in January.

How accurate are the latest traffic fatality figures for Nevada?

Delays in reporting from various agencies responsible for collecting such data likely explain the surge in numbers. Anita Pepper, the Department of Public Safety's Office of Traffic Safety spokesperson, acknowledged the reporting delays.

In a statement, Pepper said, "Because of the reporting delays that happen, we don't finalize our data for 2022 until early 2024."

While the specific reasons for the significant increase in fatalities are not yet clear, speeding and impairment remain the leading factors. National statistics show 12,330 confirmed deaths related to speeding and 13,384 deaths caused by drunk driving.

Where does 2022 rank among Nevada's deadliest years for traffic fatalities?

These updated figures now place 2022 as the third-deadliest year in Nevada since 1991. Only two other years, 2006 with 432 fatalities and 2005 with 427, recorded more traffic-related deaths.

The state releases an annual count of road fatalities every year. The numbers are not considered final until the end of the reporting year. That's due to the need to wait for toxicology and coroner reports, among other factors.

Have traffic fatality numbers changed in 2023?

Traffic fatalities have decreased during the first eight months of 2023 compared to the same period in 2022. The August report reveals 250 deaths on Nevada roads, a 7% reduction from the 268 fatalities during the first eight months of the previous year. However, if the year were to end in August, the total number of fatalities would still surpass seven previous years on the data chart, dating back to 1991.

A closer look at specific types of road fatalities reveals the following:

  • Pedestrian accidents: The number of pedestrian fatalities has increased from 53 in 2022 to 61 in 2023, representing a 15% rise.
  • Motorcycle accidents: In contrast, motorcyclist fatalities have decreased from 59 in 2022 to 45 in 2023, marking a 24% reduction.
  • Bicycle accidents: Bicyclist fatalities have also decreased, from 9 in 2022 to 7 in 2023, a reduction of 22%.
  • Other (ATVs, mopeds, scooters): This category has experienced a small increase, with fatalities rising from 3 in 2022 to 4 in 2023.

It's also important to note that 44 vehicle occupants have died because they failed to wear seat belts. This marks a decrease from the 61 deaths seen through August last year. Although this decline is a positive sign, it's crucial to stress the importance of wearing seat belts. It's one of the simplest ways to help prevent serious and fatal injuries in the event of a crash.

What are my legal options if I've been injured in a car accident?

Being involved in a car accident in Nevada can be a devastating experience. Some injuries may require months of rehabilitation and time off from work to recover. Even seemingly "minor" injuries can disrupt your life in many ways.

Despite their promises, insurance companies typically prioritize profits over people, striving to minimize payouts. Common tactics include questioning the severity of injuries, disputing liability, requesting excessive documentation to delay the claims process intentionally, and making lowball settlement offers before the victim's full extent of damages are known.

Attorney Al Lasso is well-versed in insurance company tactics to pay victims less and doesn't tolerate them. He stands firmly on your side, protecting your rights throughout every step of the process. To learn how an experienced Las Vegas car accident lawyer can help with your potential legal case, contact Attorney Lasso today for a free consultation.

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