For those who live, work, and entertain in Las Vegas, Nevada, it comes as no surprise that Interstate 15 hosts approximately 300,000 cars, trucks, and motorcycles daily. These significant traffic patterns see over 25,000 lane changes per hour and average three traffic collisions each day.
What may be surprising is that the Nevada Department of Transportation states that traffic through the corridor is expected to double by 2035. Even with the recent and ongoing expansion of I-15, it seems hard to image that double the traffic can operate on our existing interstate without increasing the number of collisions and injuries going forward.
At Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen, our Clark County and Las Vegas accident attorneys know that more traffic leads to more crashes, and with recent reports of pervasive negligence taking place on our roadways, people are getting severely injured and even losing their lives.
What Are the Most Common Types of Negligence on Interstate 15 in Las Vegas?
According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, over the last six months, from June 2019 to December 2019, the most common traffic violations have included:
- Nearly 20,000 speeding tickets
- Almost 2,000 cellphone violations
- More than 2,500 high occupancy vehicle, or HOV lane, violations; over 600 of which were cited to drivers illegally crossing double-white lines
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for just over the past 20 years, speeding has been a factor in approximately 33% of all motor vehicle fatalities.
Over the 2019 Thanksgiving weekend, law enforcement officials reported speeding violators who included drivers traveling 108,106, and 102 mph on our Las Vegas highways, leaving everyone in their path in significant danger.
Even more unsettling is the 31 DUI arrests over New Year’s Eve 2019 in the Las Vegas area, combined with officers from Nevada Highway Patrol’s Southern Command being dispatched to 434 wrong-way driver calls on the same night.
When motorists negligently operate their vehicles, people can get hurt. Our personal injury lawyers in Las Vegas want our residents to know that when they are subjected to medical care, lost wages, and additional expenses because of the recklessness of others, we can help them pursue the financial recovery they deserve.
Have You Been Hurt by a Negligent Driver in Las Vegas, Nevada?
Interstate 15 allows drivers quick access to different parts of the city and surrounding areas of Las Vegas. Not unlike other highways around the state and country, the amount of traffic on these roadways comes with the inherent dangers of negligent driving.
Negligent drivers can include those who text while driving, consume alcohol or drugs before getting behind the wheel and even those who simply take their eyes off the road to pick up a dropped object.
Any act that takes your attention away from the road is distracted driving, and it is killing over 3,100 people each year throughout the United States, and injuring more than 1,000 people each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
If you have been hurt in a traffic collision, or if you have tragically lost a loved one to the negligent actions or inactions of another driver, contact our Las Vegas personal injury attorneys at Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen in Las Vegas today at (702) 505-8115 to schedule a free consultation, and learn more about your rights and financial recovery options.