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    Teen Driving During Summer Months

    School's out, and that means more kids will be out on the roadways. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, accounting for 36% of all deaths in this age group (source). Inexperience, coupled with the many distractions available to teenagers these days, makes for a deadly combination behind the wheel. In fact, the deadliest months of the year for teenage motor vehicle fatalities are the summer months of June, July and August, followed by October. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, on July 4 an average of 28 teenagers die in car crashes every year. Weekends pose the greatest danger to teens, as approximately 54% of teenage motor vehicle crash deaths occur on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. 

    Sadly, over 90% of teens admit to doing multiple tasks while driving, such as talking on the cell phone, eating, playing loud music, and interacting with friends in the car even when they admit they find it distracting. It's incredibly important to have conversations with your teenagers about the dangers of driving during these upcoming summer months. Simple rules like wearing a seatbelt, staying focused on the road, and never texting or talking on the phone while driving can save lives.

    For more information, visit DoSomething.org


    Recreational Boating Injuries

    Let's face it, it's hot out there-  and family trips to the lake to go boating are popular and refreshing summer outings. Plus, Lake Mead is only 35 miles from central Las Vegas, making it a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. However, boating does not come without some serious risks, and it's important to get up to speed on your boating safety knowledge before donning that captain's hat. Here are some 2011 statistics fromt he U.S. Coast Guard: 

    • In 2011, the Coast Guard counted 4588 accidents that involved 758 deaths, 3081 injuries and approximately $52 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents.
    • Drownings were responsible for 70% of fatal boating accident victims, 84% of whom were not reported as wearing a life jacket.
    • Only eleven percent of deaths occurred on boats where the operator had received boating safety instruction.
    • Operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed, and machinery failure rank as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents.
    • Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; it was listed as the leading factor in 16% of the deaths.
    • The most common types of vessels involved in reported accidents were open motorboats (47%), personal watercraft (19%), and cabin motorboats (14%).  

    Whether you're a captain or a passenger, always remember to take safety precautions before boating. For the full report from the USCG, click here.


    Kids and Bike Safety

    During the summer, bike riding is a common activity for kids. It's a fun and healthy way to stay active, and bike riding is a rite of passage for kids of all ages. It's important to remember that the bicycle is not a toy- it's a vehicle, and kids need to learn how to operate their bikes safely. Here are some tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

    • Wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet. Protect your brain, save your life. 
    • Control your bicycle. Always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars. Carry books and other items in a bicycle carrier or backpack.  
    • See and be seen. Whether daytime, dawn, dusk, foul weather, or at night, you need to be seen by others. Wearing white has not been shown to make you more visible. Rather, always wear neon, fluorescent, or other bright colors when riding day or night. Also wear something that reflects light, such as reflective tape or markings, or flashing lights. 
    • Adjust your bicycle to fit- here's how. First, stand over your bicycle. There should be 1 to 2 inches between you and the top tube (bar) if using a road bike and 3 to 4 inches if a mountain bicycle. The seat should be level front to back. The seat height should be adjusted to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg is fully extended. The handlebar height should be at the same level with the seat.
    • Check your equipment. Before riding, inflate tires properly and check that your brakes work.

    The NHTSA has offered young bikers and their parents an opportunity to pledge their dedication to safe riding this summer. Print out the Promise Card below (you can right click to download the image, or drag it ot your desktop), fill it out with your child, and put it in a familiar place so he or she can remember to bike safely every day. Learn more.




    Business Litigation 101

    Our law firm deals in the matters of business litigation, a means to remedy a situation among private individuals and/ or business entities. We always try and achieve a result that is in the best interest of our clients' needs. Business litigation can be complicated and complex, but we want to outline several terms regarding business litigation that may be useful for you. 

    • Commercial Law deals with the sale and distribution of goods, the financing of credit transactions and negotiable instruments.
    • Most aspects of Commercial Law are governed by the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), where adopted by the states, and applicable state and federal law.
    • The UCC is a uniform law that covers commercial transactions, including the sale of goods, secured transactions and negotiable instruments.
    • Most states have adopted all or part of the UCC into their own state statutes.
    • Business Law deals with overlapping issues, but also encompasses the forming of business entities (corporations, partnerships, joint ventures and limited liability companies).
    • Business Law also generally includes business litigation and advice on such issues as shareholder rights, commercial leasing, consumer protection, mergers and acquisitions, and contracts.

    If you or your company is in need of representation in a business litigation matter, please contact one of our attorneys.


    CA Cell Phone Ban a Success

    It's been about six months since Las Vegas Metro Police began enforcing fines for using cell phones behind the wheel, and it's still to early to tell what kind of effect the ban has made on accidents. However, California enforced a no cell phone ban almost four years ago, and research is showing that the ban has been saving lives. The study found that overall traffic deaths dropped 22 percent, while deaths blamed on drivers using hand-held cellphones were down 47 percent. Deaths among drivers who use hands-free phones dropped at a similar rate (source).

    By studying car accident deaths for two years before and two years after the cellphone ban took effect, researchers found that the number of deaths among drivers using hand-held phones fell from 100 to 53 during that period, while the number of injuries dropped from 7,720 to 3,862. These numbers are showing that if mobile devices are banned, and the ban is enforced, that people will in fact talk less. 

    Even though the bans appear to be working in California, penalites are very mild- only an average of a $159 fine for a first offense in California. In Nevada, a motorist caught using a phone while driving faces $50 fine for the first offense, $100 for the second offense, and $250 for the third offense. 

    Learn more about the California study here