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Does your lawyer put your interests first?

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

I once counted more than 10 visible attorney billboards while stuck in traffic on Interstate 15, near the World Famous Las Vegas strip. I have also heard that Las Vegas, Nevada is the second most competitive market for personal injury attorneys in the entire country. Consequently, holding yourself out as a personal injury attorney who specializes in car crashes, slip and falls, and wrongful death cases can be a daunting task.
I am up for the challenge.

Being a victim of a car crash is not easy. In a flash, your already busy life gets thrown on its head. Now, you have to take time to be examined by a doctor and seek treatment, get your car fixed, miss valuable time from work, deal with rental cars, and argue with the insurance company about who pays for what and when. Even if you find yourself through this labyrinth of stress and anxiety, do you know that you are being fairly compensated? Do you know what your legal or financial obligations are if you sign that boilerplate release the insurance adjuster offered you? If you go it alone, which some people chose to do, you can do greater harm to yourself than what any car crash might involve.

A few injury lawyers still get it right. They put their client’s interest (including their financial interest) first. That’s the Remmel Law Firm way.
Are you still apprehensive about calling our law office for a free injury consultation? Feel free to ask around and read over our 5 star Yelp and Google reviews. A majority of the clients are referrals from prior clients or other attorneys throughout Las Vegas. Think about that for a second. Would you trust your legal and financial future to someone because you saw them on television or noticed their flashy billboard? Or, would you rather have individual attention you deserve to ensure that everything is being handled the way that it is suppose to be handled—with your best interest in mind. Knowing, that once the case is resolved, everything has been taken care of—car fixed, compensation paid, doctor bills negotiated, etc.

Writing this blog is not easy for me. The truth is I hate marketing our legal services. Doing the right thing to me is obvious and I’d rather spend my time helping people. Unfortunately, it is not that easy when so many seem to be selling the same service. Trust me. It’s not the same and not everyone who says they do injury law knows how to do injury law and get good results.

So, if you do find yourself in a situation where you need professional advice because of a car crash, slip and fall or worse yet, a wrongful death, please feel welcome to call my office for a free consultation. It’s time you demand more than slick TV ads and fancy billboards. We are open M-F and can be reached at (702) 522-7707.

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Safety First When Riding Motorcycles

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

Great things often come in pairs. From peanut butter and jelly to Simon and Garfunkel, two things combining as one can produce great results. This could not be more true than the combination of motorcycle and helmet. Without the helmet, motorcycles would be illegal in many states across the country.

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During 2008, approximately 1,829 motorcyclists’ lives were saved by wearing helmets. The stakes are too high to NOT wear one. Simply put: safety first. For more information on a reliable Las Vegas motorcycle accident attorney, contact Remmel Law Firm today.

Yellow Lights and Accidents at Intersections

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

The problem with yellow lights for too many drivers is that we can’t decide what to do when that green light switches to yellow. Do you gun it and speed through the light or do you play it cautiously and step on the brake? Granted, it’s best to do the safe thing but in the case of yellow lights, that is not always clear. There is no standard time for a yellow light to stay illuminated. There is a recommended minimum of 3 seconds, and a recommended maximum of 6 seconds but it varies from city to city, and sometimes from street to street. Would making the yellow lights last longer help the issue?

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Maybe. One study from the Ohio Department of Transportation found that for every extra second a light stays yellow, drivers are three times more likely to push through. The study also found that right lane drivers are 1.6 times more likely to speed through a light than those in the left lane. Unsurprisingly, drivers in trucks are more likely to go through a yellow than sedans.

A bill in the California assembly to increase the length of time lights at intersections with red light cameras has undergone steady debate. One citizen took it upon himself to research the red light cameras in his town after he got a $500 ticket. Even with an auto attorney he lost the appeal because it is so hard to fight the strict photo enforcement laws.

His analysis found that more than two-thirds of red light violations happened in the first half second of the red light. When the length of time the yellow light appeared for was increased by a half second, intersection violations dropped by 76%. Advocacy group Safer Streets LA has compiled data from cities across California that shows red light citations dropping by 30% to 76% when yellow lights were increased. Some of the data indicates that accidents dropped up to 40% in some locations. Yet even the bill’s sponsor admits that more study is needed since companies who make red light cameras have paid for most of the professional research that has been conducted.

Can we handle a change?

Yet red light running isn’t the only cause of accidents at intersections, rear-endings happen too. Theoretically a longer light might create issues with drivers who are conditioned to stop at yellow lights. A driver who sees the light change may continue confidently on and need to pull up short around a motorist who has braked for the yellow.

Assuming that we don’t change our driving habits due to slightly longer yellow signals, the increased time would offer more opportunities for drivers to clear the intersection before cross traffic gets the green light. But there is the possibility that drivers who know the lights are longer will simply try and make it through the intersection from farther away. That’s the dilemma being faced by transportation boards – if drivers don’t respect a 3 second light at 40mph, what’s to say they won’t gas it up to 50mph to make a 6 second light from further away? There are no guarantees, except perhaps our innate survival instinct. Realizing that accidents at higher speeds can be more deadly, when we step on the gas we also instinctually become more attentive.

Can we solve the problem?

Auto accidents kill 40,000 people on US roads every year and about one-fifth of those fatalities happen at intersections. The red light runner is the most common cause and because of the increased speed, accidents are usually pretty bad.

For many drivers and cities, the issue tends to revolve around money. Red light cameras can generate big revenue for a city and municipalities have been cited by the state transportation bureau for setting their yellow lights below the minimum length of time.

It’s hard to know what to do in that moment but unless you’re absolutely sure you can clear the intersection, be safe, stay alive and avoid those hefty fines. An accident will take much longer to sort out than sitting through the light change.

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Drinking Responsibly: Have a DD

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

You decide to go out drinking with some friends for a fun night on the town. But before your crew starts enjoying some adult beverages, make sure that you assign a designated driver to ensure that all of the “designated drinkers” in your party get home safely.

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If you are playing the part of “designated drinker”, don’t even THINK about getting behind the wheel. Having an actual DD (designated driver) is a main component of drinking responsibly. All it takes is 0.09% to land you in the drunk tank for the night. If you are unsure of your limitations, consult a BAC chart. For more information on a Las Vegas auto accident attorney, contact Remmel Law Firm today.

Contact us online or call us toll-free at (702) 522-7707 to learn more about our experienced personal injury services.
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