By Farhan Naqvi, Personal Injury Lawyer in Las Vegas
Tourism is the largest industry both in Las Vegas and the state of Nevada. That’s why the people of Vegas do everything they can to be as helpful and friendly to out-of-state visitors as possible. Unfortunately, there are times when tourists do not have a good experience while visiting Las Vegas because they suffer a serious injury in an accident. This usually happens in one of these accidenr scenarios:
- A car or truck wreck at an intersection near the airport
- An auto-pedestrian accident while crossing the Strip
- A drunk-driver accident near their hotel
- A bike accident while crossing a Clark County roadway
- A slip and fall accident in a museum or restaurant
When these accidents occur, the victims face the additional discomfort associated with being far from home – in an environment where they don’t know the lay of the land or how things work. This apprehension tends to increase if there are injuries, ambulances, and/or hospitals to deal with after an accident.
All of this anxiety may fuel the temptation to put such an unpleasant episode behind them as quickly as possible. But in doing so, these victims may choose to handle an accident differently than they would had the incident occurred at home. More specifically, they may choose to forgo any legal proceedings or insurance reports in favor of escaping and forgetting the situation altogether.
If you as a tourist find yourself in this situation, it is vital that you keep this point in mind: you have the same legal rights in an accident as any Las Vegas resident does given the same circumstances. So if you are hurt (or think you may experience pain in the future) as a result of an accident, don’t hesitate to fight for what is rightfully yours. Whether it’s compensation for medical bills, flight cancellation charges, or lost wages at work; you have the right to demand that you get reimbursed for these types of expenses by the person or company who is responsible for the accident.
“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” is a catchy tourism slogan – but don’t let it shape how you approach an accident scenario. If you are victimized in a Las Vegas accident, consider seeking advice from a local personal injury attorney.
About the Editor: Farhan R. Naqvi is a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer who has experience representing victims injured in car accidents, drunk driver crashes, truck wrecks, slip and falls, taxi cab accidents, and bicycle crashes. He also has experience handling spine injury, product liability, underinsured/uninsured driver, and wrongful death cases. If you’ve been seriously hurt in an accident in Summerlin, North Las Vegas, Clark County, Henderson, Boulder City, Green Valley, or Pahrump, give Farhan a call at 702-553-1000 for a free, no-hassle consultation.