Author: Steve Dimopoulos

What To Do After a Tour Bus Accident in Las Vegas

Tour buses are everywhere in Las Vegas. They are a great way for tourists to see The Strip and other surrounding sights. Unfortunately, these huge vehicles can be problematic for anyone else, including drivers of passenger cars, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

If a gigantic bus crashes into another vehicle or a person, the results can be tragic. For example, a tour bus crash in Las Vegas resulted in a pedestrian death in 2018. If a bus ever hits you and you survive the impact, it is vital to know what steps you should take.

Seek help right away

Get to a safe spot as soon as you can to call 911 and report the incident and any injuries. If you are in severe condition, paramedics may take you to the emergency room. Otherwise, you should either go to the emergency room yourself, make an appointment with an urgent care office or call your primary care physician.

Gather evidence

Capture as many details as possible at the scene of the wreck. Use your phone to take pictures of anything that may be relevant, such as traffic signs, stoplights and skid marks. Try to talk to any witnesses and collect their contact information. This documentation helps with insurance claims and legal proceedings.

Document your injuries and damages

Create and preserve any proof of financial losses and injuries you incur because of the collision. Collect bills and receipts that may help prove your financial damages. This may include gas bills for going to the doctor, co-pays, physical therapy bills and vehicle repair costs. You may also want to write about your pain and suffering in a journal to demonstrate how the crash continuously affects you. All this information may be useful for legal or insurance purposes.

A bus crash is a terrifying experience. But with the right tips and help, you can take steps to recover your losses.

Safety Tips For Las Vegas Car Shows and Cruises

If you are a car enthusiast in or around Las Vegas, you are in luck. There is no shortage of car cruises and auto shows to attend. In fact, there is a cruise coming up on Jan. 11, 2019. This is a great way to enjoy the strip, show off your ride and admire other vehicles.

While this may be the perfect opportunity to take your beloved classic car out for a spin, you should review some safety tips beforehand. The last thing you want is to get into an accident or break down during the cruise.

Perform a checkup and contact a mechanic if necessary

The downside of having an old car is that it sometimes takes a lot of work to ensure it runs properly. Start up your vehicle and check for any problematic areas. Here are the most important items to check:

  • Oil level
  • Coolant level
  • Lights
  • Wipers
  • Wheels
  • Tires
  • Brakes
  • Clutch
  • Drive belts
  • Steering

If something is not up to par, you may need to fix it yourself or take it down to the auto shop.

Steer and brake carefully

Your car may not have the luxuries of power steering, disc brakes or modern braking systems. No matter how experienced you are with driving a classic car, it is crucial to always be cautious. Plan ahead when it comes to making turns or stopping. This is especially critical when the strip is full of cars and pedestrians.

Drive defensively

It is vital to be alert while cruising the Las Vegas strip. Stay aware of your surroundings. Car shows and cruises are often full of onlookers, children and dogs too. Plus, you never know if other attendees are careless drivers or perhaps even under the influence. Pay attention to everything that is going on around you so you can keep yourself and your precious car safe from accidents.

Be Careful About Social Media Posting After a Car Accident

Car and bicycle accidents occur every day around Las Vegas. Local news affiliate 8 News Now recently offered some simple tips you should follow after a car accident, such as calling 9-1-1 immediately after the collision because you never know how severe the damages can be at first.

You may feel tempted to let all your Facebook friends and Twitter followers know what you just experienced, but you need to think twice. Social media can harm a car accident claim, so you should be extremely cautious about how you use social media in the aftermath.

Set privacy settings to the highest level

In the event this case goes to court, you can be reasonably sure the other driver’s insurance and legal teams will look you up on social media. You do not want them to find anything, so make sure only your closest friends can see your posts. During this time, you want to avoid accepting any new friend requests because it could be the other driver’s lawyer trying to get access to your information.

Do not post anything about you enjoying events

There are plenty of fun activities around Las Vegas. You may have sustained an injury but still feel well enough to go out to enjoy a concert or event. The other driver’s legal team can use those pictures and posts to say that you are not as badly hurt as you initially claimed. Basically, you do not want to show you are out “enjoying” life shortly after an auto accident.

Tell family and friends not to post anything about you or your accident

You may know to stay off social media, but the same may not apply to your family members and friends. It could be that your loved ones do not see the harm in posting an update about your condition, but the other driver’s team can easily find these posts. Tell those you are closest with to remain quiet until the claims process is complete.

Safety Tips for Las Vegas BikeFest

If you are a hardcore biker, no doubt you will be attending the annual Las Vegas BikeFest in October. Not only will you get to experience awesome motorcycles, but also music, body art, contests and much more. The energy and passion at the rally are exciting for newcomers and veterans alike.

However, just like with any major event, your chances of getting into an accident increase with the influx of traffic, out-of-state drivers and detours. Even a freak accident can occur, as it did in 2016 at the Sturgis rally in South Dakota. Have a safe weekend by following these tips for avoiding a motorcycle crash:

Increase your visibility

Passenger-car drivers are notorious for not seeing bikers. While you cannot control the vision of others, you can make it harder for them not to notice you. Wear bright colors and use reflective tape on your gear and bike. Even then, do not assume other motorists can see you, so exercise caution.

Wear protective gear

Now is your chance to show off your cool biker jacket and accessories. They not only serve as expressions of fashion, but also as protection against sunburns, road rash and wind. Remember your helmet, too, as it is Nevada law to wear one while riding a motorcycle, whether as an operator or a passenger.

Follow traffic laws

This may seem like a no-brainer, but most drivers of all vehicle types break traffic laws on a regular basis. Speeding is perhaps the one most people are guilty of. Become familiar with Nevada state laws if you are from out of town. For example, lane splitting is illegal in Las Vegas.

Be prepared

Before hitting the road, inspect your motorcycle for issues big and small. Even something as minor as a broken tail light can affect your safety or land you a ticket. Whether you are a new biker or a skilled one, you may benefit from a safety course that addresses how to maneuver your bike in certain situations to prevent a collision.

3 Reasons Vehicles Strike Pedestrians in Parking Lots

Many car accidents in parking lots are fender benders. The vehicles are typically moving slowly, so the damage tends to be minimal. However, if someone is on foot instead of passing in a car when a vehicle strikes, the chances of damage skyrocket.

Here are three hazards that can cause pedestrian injuries and fatalities.

1. Distractions

The National Safety Council reports that more than 60,000 people sustain injuries in parking-lot and parking-garage accidents every year, and about 500 of those are fatal. These do not just happen because of obstructions or other visual difficulties. Instead, they are more likely to occur because someone is looking at an electronic device.

Maybe it is the slow speeds that lull drivers into thinking it is OK to get out the phone and make a call or type in a quick message, or to program the coordinates into the GPS before leaving. More than half of drivers self-reporting in an NSC poll stated that they would text, make phone calls, use social media or send and receive emails while driving in a parking lot. Teens, in particular, see no problem with these dangerous behaviors.

2. Parking-lot issues

Distracted drivers are not the only ones who hit pedestrians. Drivers who cut across lots, drive too fast, ignore lanes and directional signs, and roll through stop signs put everyone in the area in danger.

Poor parking-lot maintenance can create some of the same effects. When areas do not have clear markings, lighting is bad, signs are missing, or there are potholes, poor drainage or uneven pavement, pedestrians are in greater danger.

3. Vehicle technology

Sometimes even someone who is paying attention could strike a pedestrian. Backing up is inherently dangerous, and 9 percent of the yearly fatalities are backup accidents. Many vehicles now come equipped with cameras to help lessen the risk of these types of collisions, but drivers should not rely solely on the view on the screen. They should still check their mirrors and do a head check before backing slowly into the aisle.

Sensors, radar and other detectors that are common on warning systems often are not sensitive or broad enough to identify pedestrians, so drivers should not count on these, either.

With so much potential for hazards, any pedestrian’s best bet is to be on high alert at all times.

Why More Police Will Be On North Las Vegas Roads

Behaviors such as drunk driving and texting while driving get a lot of attention for causing accidents. While these definitely deserve the spotlight, they are not the only major causes of accidents. Speeding was responsible for 27 percent of traffic fatalities in 2016, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and has been around that percentage for over 20 years.

However, speeding is so commonplace that drivers often underestimate its danger. For this reason, North Las Vegas will be putting more police cars on the road during one of the busiest times of year: early- to mid-July, reports local Fox news. The goal is that the increased presence of law enforcement vehicles will deter drivers from speeding.

Why is speeding so dangerous?

Speeding is perhaps the traffic violation that most drivers are guilty of and do not think twice about unless they get a ticket. It becomes second nature to go above the limit to arrive at a destination sooner or even just go with the flow of traffic. However, exceeding the speed limit results in the following risks:

  • Becoming more aggressive on the road
  • Losing control of the vehicle
  • Having less time to stop in reaction to a hazard
  • Hindering the performance of protective gear
  • Receiving greater injuries and property damage in an accident

You can increase your safety by following speed limits and allowing for more time to travel places. When it comes to other drivers speeding, the NHTSA advises that you let them pass you and keep your distance to avoid getting into a crash if a driver loses control. Remain calm when dealing with road rage, and notify the police of any dangerous or threatening motorists. You can even alter your route to stay clear of high-speed roadways or areas with heavy traffic if it helps you relax more.

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