As attorneys who have handled pedestrian and bicycle accident cases in Nevada, we know that many of these cases involve drivers who say they didn’t see the person on foot or riding a bike.
Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) December 14, 2014
Las Vegas pedestrian accident attorney Glenn A. Paternoster of Aaron & Paternoster, today said the state of Nevada’s new “share the road” specialty license plate raises money for important bicycle and pedestrian safety programs and raises awareness that drivers should watch out for some of the more vulnerable users of the road.
“As attorneys who have handled pedestrian and bicycle accident cases in Nevada, we know that many of these cases involve drivers who say they didn’t see the person on foot or riding a bike,” said Paternoster, an attorney with 20 years’ experience. “That’s why we support all types of awareness campaigns such as the specialty Nevada license plate. We believe public awareness about pedestrians and cyclists sharing the road can save lives.”
Paternoster commented on a press release posted by the Nevada Department of Transportation on Dec. 4, 2014 (“New Share the Road Specialty License Plate Available to Support Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs”).
Nevada DOT announced that the specialty plate, which displays a “Share the Road” message with a bicycle and pedestrian image, will cost an initial $61 and $30 for renewal. For every plate purchased, $25 will go toward grant money for non-profit and government organizations to plan and construct bicycle and pedestrian facilities, according to the DOT.
Paternoster said he understands that the effort also will support bicycle and pedestrian safety, education and other programs. The Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board is awarding the grant funding, which is administered through the Nevada Department of Transportation, according to Nevada DOT.
The press release states that 69 pedestrians and bicyclists have died on Nevada roads in 2014.
“That’s far too many senseless deaths,” Paternoster said. “We know that even one pedestrian or bicycle death is one too many. That’s why we applaud the state for giving people in Nevada the opportunity to purchase a specialty license plate and support a good cause – the funding of bicycle and walking programs and projects.”
Paternoster said ultimately the responsibility rests with drivers who must look out for other vulnerable users of the road, such as bicyclists and pedestrians.
“We urge drivers to avoid distractions and never drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs,” Paternoster said. “If you notice a pedestrian or bicyclist on the road, slow down and make sure they have enough room. Don’t ever try to get by a vehicle that has stopped for pedestrians. Only pass a cyclist when it is safe – and make sure you allow at least three feet of space between your car and the bicycle.”
Paternoster said his law firm protects the rights of those who are injured and strives to make sure they are fully compensated for their expenses and losses.
“We know that so many accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclist are traced back to careless actions by drivers,” Paternoster said. “And because the pedestrians and bicycle riders have very little crash protection, they often sustain serious or even fatal injuries. These accidents often are devastating, which is why it’s important to discuss your options with an experienced attorney if you are a victim or lose a loved one through the negligence of a driver.”
About Aaron & Paternoster
Located in Las Vegas and serving clients throughout Nevada and California, experienced personal injury lawyers at Aaron & Paternoster have a well-earned reputation for being knowledgeable, dedicated attorneys. Founded in 1996, the law firm handles a wide range of legal cases, including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, property accidents, casino accidents, bankruptcy, workers’ compensation and other cases. Aaron & Paternoster is committed to helping people with their legal problems. The attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. That means clients do not pay any fees if they don’t win.
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2300 W Sahara Ave #650
Las Vegas, NV 89102