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Vegas Police Unable To Keep Up With 911 Calls For Vehicle Accidents

Unless you are injured, it will not help to call 911 if you are in a motor vehicle accident in Las Vegas. On March 3 of this year, police in Nevada’s most popular city stopped responding to calls regarding fender-benders and other minor vehicle collisions.

According to CCN, Vegas police spend nearly 250 hours per week attending to motor vehicle accidents that do not involve personal injuries. In an effort to spend more of their time dealing with more serious issues of law enforcement, a new policy is in place leaving the first steps after an accident up to the parties involved.

Unfortunately, there are many motor vehicle accidents that involve serious injuries or deaths on Nevada roads each day. As spring arrives, more visitors drive from around the country to one of the nation’s most popular cities, adding to the high rates of traffic and driving issues.

Deadly Roads In Vegas

According to Fox 5 News in Las Vegas, 2013 was a deadly year on Nevada roads, especially for motorcyclists, pedestrians and non-motorized vehicle users. Despite the state’s Zero Fatalities Nevada campaign, the number of fatal accidents is rising.

A motorcyclist narrowly escaped death earlier this month in a hit-and-run accident. A negligent driver of a large SUV was leaving the scene of an automobile accident when he rear-ended a motorcycle, tossing the biker from his cycle, causing substantial leg injuries. The SUV driver continued driving after hitting the man, crashed his vehicle through a brick wall and took off on foot. He faces charges of felony hit and run.

Motorcycle Safety

Motorcyclists face many dangers as they share the roads with vehicles much larger than their two-wheeled bikes. Riders must take issues of safety into their own hands in order to help prevent accidents. Inattention is often the cause of motorcycle accidents and following are some ways to help keep yourself safe as you traverse Nevada roads:

  • Vehicle drivers: Too frequently, other drivers fail to look for or see motorcycle drivers. Motorcyclists have no escape route when a car suddenly turns into a biker’s path, pulls out of a driveway, stops suddenly, changes lanes without looking or rear ends a stopped bike. Bikers must stay alert and be visible as possible while on the road.
  • Pedestrians and others: Just like drivers of motorized vehicles, others sharing or using roads with bikers often fail to notice motorcycles. Someone may open the door of a parked car or step out into traffic without looking just as you pass. Anticipate that people along the roads do not see you coming and watch for people darting out between parked cars.
  • Other motorcyclists: Other bikers can make mistakes as well, quickly causing an accident that should never have occurred. Even while in the relative safety of a group of bikers, stay alert and maintain a safe following distance.

Help For The Injured

If you or a loved one suffers an injury in a motor vehicle accident, seek the advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer. While nothing can compensate you or your family fully for a permanent injury or death, an attorney knowledgeable about accident claims can help you obtain compensation for your losses.

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