Between the boom in the Las Vegas population and over 3.6 million guests visiting in July of this year, there is a lot of traffic to endure in Sin City, making it especially important to know the rules of the neon-adorned roads. As a 17-year-long resident, I’ve had my fair share of car accidents in Las Vegas. Heck, I even once had my car totaled as it sat parked in front of my home!
Look, Vegas is a big, active city with a lot people moving around in it. Whether you’re temporarily in town or making it your new home, you need to be prepared for a possible Las Vegas car accident. I turned to the pros at Naqvi Law for tips on what you should do if you get into a car accident in Las Vegas. Here’s what they had to say:
- Remain calm and move out of the street.
- Keep the other driver there at the scene.
- Call the police and file a police report at the scene.
- Collect the other driver’s information (i.e., driver’s license and insurance information) and take photos of the accident, especially damage and injuries incurred.
- Make sure to assertively articulate your side of the story to the police. Don’t let the other driver solely dictate what goes into the report. Take your turn talking to the police, too, and be honest.
- Seek medical attention immediately. Why wait for an injury to get worse? Have a medical professional evaluate you immediately.
- Start an insurance claim right away. Again, why wait? Begin documenting everything with your insurance company ASAP.
- Call a lawyer. You need an advocate. Whether you’re visiting or new to town, getting into a car accident in unfamiliar territory is scary. Seek the assistance of an attorney who knows the laws of the land.
And if you’re with someone who is driving and gets hit by another car, help your friend out by making sure they’re following the above tips. Getting into a car accident can make a driver frazzled. Ensure that your friend stays calm, files a police report, seeks medical attention, and finds advocacy by hiring a lawyer. Car accidents suck, but they happen to everyone. Just be prepared, and don’t allow it to dampen your Las Vegas experience.