Las Vegas sees an uptick in tourism around the 4th of July. Families and partiers alike schedule their travel plans around the holiday, wanting to make the most of their time off work. And the city is game for the extra influx of people. Bars and hotels bring in celebrity DJs and guests (P. Diddy will, reportedly, make an appearance this year at the Hard Rock), and several casinos put on their own elaborate displays of fireworks.
Of course, an increase in visitors means an increase in traffic both in and around Las Vegas. This could spell danger for a number of drivers. Data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates that Nevada’s roads are among the most deadly in the nation. Indeed, every year hundreds of passengers are killed, and thousands more suffer serious injuries.
What to do in the event of an auto accident
Visitors and residents alike may find themselves in an auto wreck. The concerns for everyone are, by and large, the same. Immediately following a crash, individuals should (to the extent possible):
• Document the scene (smart phones come in handy for taking pictures)
• Gather testimonies from any witnesses
• Obtain a police report (this can serve as important evidence in court later on)
• Get qualified medical help
• Get qualified legal help (or else face insurance companies on your own)
Travelers from outside the region may face an additional range of considerations. Namely, they will usually want to be able to settle their case and receive any compensation they’re owed without having to stay in – or return to – Las Vegas. Here, too, working with an attorney is crucial. In most situations involving injury, death, or property damage, an attorney can act as a local representative, and handle matters while the client remains remote.
In the end, accidents are rare
Most drivers are cautious. And accidents are rare. Still, the numbers don’t lie – holiday weekends are busier than other weekends, and auto collisions become more likely.
In your efforts to stay safe, a good first step is to make sure you’re informed of the risks.