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Watch Out for that Puddle

Posted by: on Tue, Dec 06, 2016

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Nothing can ruin a vacation trip faster than an accident. This is doubly true if you are far from home in an unfamiliar environment. While modern technology makes these kinds of incidents easier to manage, it doesn’t do much for the festive mood. Here are some things to consider if you encounter rainy weather in Las Vegas.

Traffic

Aside from New York, few other cities have a unique combination of pedestrian and vehicle traffic like Las Vegas. Because of the many attractions on the strip and easy walk-in access to just about every hotel, casino and business, many tourists choose to walk not realizing they are traveling alongside one of the busiest streets on Earth.

Because of these conditions, it is easy for drivers to miss road hazards, especially puddles and slick asphalt. Even if you are in a crosswalk or think you are far enough from the edge of the street, you have to be aware of what’s going on out in the road while you navigate the tourist stops.

Sidewalk Navigation

Like many large downtown areas, Las Vegas is home to a highly efficient mass transit economy. Buses and taxis and lately app-driven ride-sharing services make up a significant percentage of the vehicle traffic, especially in and around the most popular attractions. It is important to recognize this, because it has a big effect on the foot traffic, especially in front of street-adjacent hotels. Being unprepared for sudden crowds or shifts in walking direction can be dangerous.

Hazards and Injuries

Being hit by fast-moving water or debris from the road can result in serious injury. If something like this happens, it is vitally important to seek emergency medical attention as soon as possible. Once any injuries have been treated, like a car accident, photographs are key. Take pictures of everything, especially the road conditions, the sky, any local signs and signals and the conditions of the sidewalk.

This kind of evidence will be valuable to Las Vegas personal injury attorneys like Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright. Even if you are unable to find the driver, making the necessary insurance claims or obtaining relief from the property owner will depend on your ability to document the incident and demonstrate any potential negligence due to other parties.

Accidents are no fun, but they don’t have to become disasters. Make certain you are aware of your rights and seek competent legal counsel when necessary.