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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:

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.

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.

How driving while tired can make you a car accident victim

Imagine this scenario: You just got off work and are driving through the downtown area. As you are driving, you suddenly lose consciousness before jerking awake and regaining control of the steering wheel. Thankfully, no other motorist was affected by your actions. As drastic and scary as this sounds, it is an unfortunate and surreal reality that often has tragic consequences instead of happy endings. 

Drowsy drivers cause many Las Vegas area car accidents. Motorists are not fully alert or conscious of their actions enough to avoid accident-causing hazards. To keep the above scenario from occurring and having disastrous or even fatal results, consider the following pointers on driving while drowsy:

Key facts for ride-share passengers after an auto accident

The process following an auto accident may feel quite confusing. This is especially true in instances where passengers sustain an injury while using a ride-share service

A few factors contribute to determining the best way to seek compensation, and these may aid you in your accident claim for your ride-share incident.

Why you should seek medical care after a car accident

If you ever end up in a car accident in the Las Vegas area, you should seek out medical attention right away. It does not matter if you are merely visiting or a local resident, some car accidents cause injuries that develop after the incident is over. Though you might feel sore and bruised afterward, you might not have any serious symptoms at first. 

Here is why you should always seek medical care immediately after a crash. 

A distracted truck driver is heading for a rear-end accident

People in and around Las Vegas, Nevada, probably recognize that any distracted driver poses a hazard on the roads. However, a distracted truck driver in particular makes traveling more dangerous for everyone around that large truck.

Part of the reason distracted driving is particularly dangerous for a trucker to engage in is that, as a matter of science, it simply takes longer to bring a truck to a complete stop. For instance, assuming a highway speed of 65 miles per hour, a trucker who applies the brakes will travel on average 454 feet, 209 feet more than an average car.

Truck drivers, companies can prevent jackknifes

Any vehicle is prone to jackknifing to some degree, a jackknife is, after all, the end result of a skid, or a situation in which a vehicle's tires are no longer gripping but instead sliding across the road. Still, jackknifes are most pronounced, and obvious, in trucks, as they mean the trailer of the truck will head in one direction while the cab will continue along in the original direction of the vehicle.

A heavy trailer swinging out of its lane of traffic no doubt has the potential to hit other cars, sweeping them off of the road. The drivers and passengers of these cars are at risk for a serious injury, as the weight of the truck leaves them vulnerable.

One teen dies, another severely injured after pedestrian crash

A 14-year-old Las Vegas boy died after getting hit by a passing motorist while they were walking through an intersection in the are area. His companion, who was also 14, was taken to the hospital with critical injuries after the accident. The boy who died was also initially taken to the hospital, but rescuers were not able to save him.

According to police, a young man who was driving a passenger car came up from behind the boys and ran them over. When they arrived, police shut down the intersection in order to investigate, a process that took them many hours to complete. While the investigation will no doubt continue in to the upcoming weeks, there was some suggestion that weather may have played a role in the accident.

Nevada auto accident claims for out-of-state drivers

Auto accidents are nerve-wracking in general, but when people are visiting from out of state, it may become even more complicated. Different states have their own ways of handling accidents.

It is important that those involved in auto accidents who are not from the state understand the procedures for the area in which the incident occurred. There are a few key things to understand about a Nevada auto accident claim.

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