Auto Accidents in Las Vegas, Nevada

Tips and tricks for automobile accidents.

Auto accidents are unexpected and stressful. Even the most careful drivers may be involved.

Why Are There So Many Auto Accidents in Las Vegas?

According to a recent report Las Vegas ranked 144 out of 200 cities for driver safety. Las Vegas drivers are 21% more likely to have an accident than the national average and are estimated to have one accident every 8 years. A leading cause of automobile accidents in Las Vegas is driver distraction/inattention. Reasons for driver inattention/distraction include: cell phone usage, eating while driving, passenger distractions and driving with pets in the car.

Another leading cause of accidents in the Las Vegas valley is drunk drivers. With over 8,000 arrests for DUI every year, Las Vegas leads the nation for DUI related accidents. Finally, Las Vegas is arranged in square mile blocks with 6 lane streets at square mile intervals. As a result, Las Vegas has gridlocked streets with stoplights posted every mile which equates to negligent driving resulting in a lot of car accidents.

It is easy to see how an accident can happen in Las Vegas. While you may not be able to avoid an accident there are some things you can do if you are in an automobile accident including:

* Be prepared
- Have emergency flares, warning triangles or a set of cones in your trunk to help alert traffic
- Keep a disposable camera in your car
- It also helps to have a pen and a card with any relevant medical information for you and your family
- Keep a list of contact numbers for law enforcement agencies handy
- Keep an Accident Kit including flashlights, reusable cameras, and accident documentation instructions
- Know what your insurance covers. Don't wait until after an accident to find out your insurance will not cover the cost of repair, towing or not cover the cost of repair, towing or rental cars
* Immediately after an accident
- Keep safety first and only exit your vehicle if it is safe to do so
- Check for injuries; call an ambulance when in doubt
- Turn on your vehicle's hazard lights and use cones, warning triangles or flares for safety
- Call the police, even if the accident is minor
- Take photographs of the accident scene, your vehicle and the if possible, any other vehicles involved in the accident
- If there were any witnesses to the accident, get their information (name, phone number & address)

* Other important tips
- Don't sign any document unless it's for the police or your insurance agent
- Make immediate notes about the accident, including witness information, weather conditions, signal conditions (green light, stop sign, yield, etc.) and any other information you can think of
- Be polite, but don't tell anyone the accident was your fault, even if you think it was
- We recommend that you refrain from giving recorded statements without consulting an attorney first
- If possible, don't leave the accident scene before the police and other drivers do 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Molly S. Rosenblum, Esq.
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