Traffic Safety Tips While in Las Vegas

English: Traffic in Las Vegas, Nevada. View lo...Your idea of a Las Vegas vacation may be an endless round of shows, great food, gambling or, for some, the perfect place to get married.

Las Vegas is a place for fun and even some wild abandon, but be careful. You can be injured no matter where you are, so it’s a good idea to take some common sense precautions. One of the most common causes of personal injury accidents in Las Vegas: Traffic accidents

Recent traffic accident numbers are on the rise in Nevada. 2013 saw 114 fatalities in the Metro, five more than 2012, and with three deaths occurring in in 2014 thus far. Besides death, major injuries occur as a result of both driver and pedestrian carelessness.

The three biggest areas of concern are pedestrian safety, motorcycle safety, and consistent use of seatbelts, according to police Lieutenant David Jacoby. “There are so many people out there that think they can beat the odds,” he says, and if you are injured, you may need a personal injury attorney in Las Vegas.

To stay safe while in Las Vegas, here are a few safety tips:

If you’re driving

  • Don’t drive under the influence

Remember to put the party on hold before you get behind the wheel. If you’re not sober enough to drive, catch a cab. Las Vegas police routinely run drunk driver checkpoints, patrol enforcements, and daily traffic stops to make sure people aren’t driving drunk. You don’t want your vacation ruined by a stint in jail or from an accident causing injury to yourself or others.

  • Be responsible. Remember to buckle up, obey all traffic laws, keep your eyes on the road and nix the distracted driving; don’t text or talk on your phone while driving.

If you’re a pedestrian

  • Watch out for traffic. Texting while walking is a danger, too. Make sure you keep your eyes out for traffic.
  • Be responsible. Cross only when given the signal, and don’t jaywalk. Just because you’re not in a vehicle doesn’t mean you may avoid the rules of the road. The roads in Las Vegas can be very dangerous; don’t increase the odds of an accident by crossing the street where you shouldn’t or when the light is red.

Unfortunately, even if you are careful, sometimes accidents happen. I’ve been representing injured victims in Las Vegas for more than 30 years. If you’ve been injured, give me a call at (702) 646-0085; I won’t ever charge you to discuss your accident. In fact, there is never a fee unless I collect on your behalf.

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