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Archive for May, 2014

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Las Vegas Drivers: Beware Of Identity Theft Following Car Accidents

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

Starting in March of 2014, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department stopped responding to non-injury car accidents. While this saves law enforcement time and resources which they can put to better use elsewhere, it has led to a spate of insurance scams. Read ahead to find out what to look out for and to ensure your fender bender doesn’t end up costing you thousands more than it needs to.

Why Is Metro Not Responding To Accidents?

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If you’re involved in a minor accident in the Las Vegas area, it is now your responsibility to exchange information, document what happened and report the incident. This allows officers to better respond to high priority accidents, especially those involving injuries and more dangerous crimes.  While the policy is still too new to know whether it’s saving the department time, it is important to know that drivers involved in non-injury accidents can still call 911 to have a law enforcement officer dispatched.

A New Scam Has Emerged

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It didn’t take long before unscrupulous people tried to take advantage of the new law. After a recent crash on U.S. 95 and Decatur Boulevard, a man who claimed to be associated with a company called “Nevada Car Accident Reports” showed up and started collecting personal information. When the Nevada Highway Patrol arrived, the scammer was holding a driver’s paperwork. This man didn’t work for law enforcement, but did carry some official looking paperwork. The information collected by these scammers can be used to steal identities and commit insurance fraud, which is why it is so important to never offer your personal information to anyone other than a uniformed officer.

Following this attempted scam, the Nevada Highway Patrol has warned drivers in the Las Vegas valley to be on the look out for anyone other than law enforcement who shows up at an accident site. NHP is also concerned that phony wrecks could be staged in order to commit insurance fraud. If you’re involved in an accident, the most important things to do are to stay composed, understand the situation and get to safety. For more information on car accidents, call us today at (702) 522-7707.

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Las Vegas One Of 15 Most Dangerous Cities For Pedestrians

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

Pedestrians walking the streets of Las Vegas should be even more cautious than normal, as a new national study lists the city as one of the 15 most dangerous cities for walkers. While Sin City isn’t the worst place to cross the street, it still produces more pedestrian deaths than a majority of the nation.

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Las Vegas was named by Dangerous By Design as the 13th most dangerous metro area to walk, with an average of 1.85 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people. The study also includes a pedestrian danger index, which calculates the likelihood that a person walking will be hit and killed by an oncoming driver. Las Vegas was found to have a pedestrian danger index of 102.67, which pales in comparison to the top city on the list. Orlando was donned the most dangerous city for pedestrians, with 2.75 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people and a pedestrian danger index of 244.28.

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Sin City fared even worse in the study’s list of cities ranked by percentage of pedestrian deaths in traffic accidents. With over 20% of traffic deaths involving pedestrians, Las Vegas was listed as the 9th most dangerous metro area. New York/New Jersey was named the most dangerous American metropolitan area, with over 32% of traffic deaths involving pedestrians.

While Las Vegas isn’t the worst city for pedestrians, it certainly isn’t the safest place to roam the streets. If you have been involved in an accident and are in need of a personal injury attorney, give us a call today at (702) 522-7707.

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Motorcycle Safety: All You Need To Know To Stay Safe

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Unlike car accidents, motorcycle crashes tend to result in fatalities at an alarming rate. Because of this, it’s vital that all motorists are aware of important safety information regarding motorcycles when on the road. Here are some facts about motorcycles and some safety precautions to take into account that could cut down on tragic motorcycle accidents.

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We hope this information is beneficial and can help promote safe driving practices for motorcycle riders and other motorists across the country. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident and are looking for the services of a knowledgeable attorney, contact us today.

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