It does not matter if you are traveling for pleasure or work, arriving at your desired destination safe and unharmed is key, as is avoiding illness or injury during your time away. In fact, statistics show that as many as 20% of travelers can expect to either become injured or develop an illness during their travel.
Staying Safe While Driving and Cycling
Perhaps the most common travel-related injuries occur when a person is driving in a vehicle or riding a bicycle. It can be particularly dangerous for you and others on the road when you are driving or bicycling in an area with which you are not familiar. Moreover, locals to an area will likely expect traffic to flow in a particular manner, and any change from the normal flow of traffic could potentially lead to an accident.
When it comes to being behind the wheel in Nevada, it is essential to obey all traffic laws. If you are not sure about the traffic laws in the area you are visiting, make sure to spend some time reviewing them on the local department of motor vehicles (DMV) website prior to travel. In regards to riding a bicycle, it is important to understand that the laws that govern cyclists vary greatly depending on where you are; this is true even if you are in different parts of the same state. By understanding the local bicycle laws, and using safety signals at all times while riding, you will be less likely to be involved in a collision. Another way to stay safe is to watch others who are bicycling in the area to get a good idea of how the traffic moves around them and how the cyclists manage the traffic, as well.
Staying Safe at Amusement Parks
If your trip will take you to a carnival or amusement park, it is key that you follow the height, weight, and health restrictions spelled out for each and every ride. These restrictions are there to ensure the safety of all riders - young and old. Likewise, be sure to listen to the instructions given by the ride attendants prior to the ride starting. Do not dangle feet or hands outside of a ride and always make sure you and any children stay seated at all times when the ride is in motion. If you are able to, ask a non-rider to hold onto your personal belongings. If not, take advantage of any lockers that may be available to you. This will help avoid any items flying out of your hand during the ride and hurting the workers, other riders, or passersby.
Staying Safe While Swimming
Favorite places for travelers to visit often include pools, lakes, and the beaches. Make sure to choose an area to swim in that has an on-duty lifeguard whenever possible. In addition, an adult should always be monitoring children who are swimming. Phones and other distractions should be put away, as problems can pop up in the blink of an eye. If there is a storm approaching, stop swimming immediately, even before hearing lighting or thunder. Never dive into shallow water, and wade slowly into dark water, particularly if you can not see the bottom.
Personal Injury Lawyers
As any Nevada personal injury attorney can confirm, accidents and illnesses happen. They can happen anywhere - in your hometown or while you are traveling. If you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury while traveling in Nevada, contact the skilled Las Vegas personal injury attorneys at Parry & Pfau today.
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