True, Nevada is mostly desert. The City of Las Vegas only gets about four to five inches of rain per year, on average. When those rains come, however, they create dangerous conditions for Nevada residents. Nevada can see flash floods, as well, and dangerous roads as a result of even an inch of rain on months of oil buildup and residue. When it rains in Las Vegas, and the surrounding area, it increases the odds of personal injuries. It is important for residents to be aware of the risks and the steps they can take to protect themselves.
Rain Increases Car Accident Risks
Car accidents in Las Vegas are always a concern and happen regularly. While the reckless actions of other drivers are often to blame, rainy weather can significantly increase the risks. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), more than 20% of the estimated six million crashes and collisions that occur in the U.S. each year are weather-related. Rain is an underlying factor in nearly half of these. Potentially dangerous impacts it can cause include:
- Traffic delays;
- Reduced visibility;
- Poor tire traction;
- Slower response time;
- Greater likelihood of skidding on slick roads.
When driving in downpours, keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel at all times. Avoid distractions such as cell phones or changing GPS settings. Slowing down and giving other motorists plenty of space can help to reduce your car accident risks. If storms are heavy, do not hesitate to pull over until they pass. Be particularly careful in areas where flooding occurs. Even a few inches of water on the roads can cause your vehicle to be washed away.
Wet Floors can Result in Slip and Fall Injuries
In addition to motor vehicle accidents, rainy weather also increases the likelihood of slips and falls. According to the National Safety Council, these are one of the most common causes of personal injuries. Places they are most likely to occur include near store entrances and exits, at restaurants, in retail malls, office buildings, and hotel lobbies. Serious injuries that can occur as a result include:
- Muscle and tendon strains, sprains, and tears;
- Broken bones and dislocated joints;
- Back and neck injuries, such as herniated discs;
- Head injuries, including concussion and traumatic brain injuries.
To protect yourself against slip and falls, keep non-slip shoes with you when rain is in the forecast, take your time, and stick to designated walkways. If a slip and fall does happen, report it to the property owner immediately so that an accident report can be filed and get medical attention for your injuries, regardless of their severity. Not doing so could jeopardize your health and your rights in a personal injury claim.
Contact a Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorney
Accidents that happen due to rain or inclement weather can impact your health and financial security for years into the future. While you focus on your recovery, H&P Law focuses on getting you the compensation you are entitled to in a claim. Contact us to request a consultation today.