Fender bender in Vegas? Cops say you're on your own
Las Vegas Metro Police no longer respond to car crashes that don't result in injuries.
This post comes from Krystal Steinmetz at partner site Money Talks News.
Rear-ended at a stop light in Las Vegas? Don't waste your time calling the cops. Las Vegas Metro Police have stopped responding to fender benders, unless there is an injury.
Vegas police say they're too busy to respond to minor collisions, said KARN News Radio. Police estimate they've spent 250 hours a week on no-injury car accidents.
Drivers are expected to trade insurance information after an accident and file a Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles accident report within 10 days. If one driver refuses, Vegas police say they will respond.
Michael Geeser of the Nevada Insurance Council told KARN that the new policy could raise insurance premiums for good drivers and mean poor drivers won't be penalized as much.
"If you have a habitual red light runner and they cause accidents that are not injury-related, then that goes unnoticed by the insurance industry because they only note citations," he said.
Police in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego also don't respond to no-injury crashes.
So what should you do if you're in an auto accident and the police aren't going to come? The Claims Journal recommends that drivers download the free WreckCheck smartphone app, which gives drivers a step-by-step checklist of things to do after an accident.
Or you can find clear instructions in this post at CarInsurance.com.
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The sherriff of vegas has tried several times to get a tax increase to hirer more officers, it has been on the ballot and voted down so......this is his pay back to the residents of vegas. The last time he received an increase to hirer more officers he used the money to give pay raises and didn't hirer.
This is "Pay Back"
"Black Mail" would be a better term for those of us who live in Vegas..
The Police Department has tried to get a levy passed for several years now and it has failed each time. The levy, had it passed, would have increased the salary and the number of police officers for Metro.
Since it has failed and the general public doesn't see a need for more officers in the field nor the raise in pay, Metro has decided to hold the citizens of Las Vegas hostage and have refused to do the job in which they were hired to do..
So in order to get their point across , as to the need of more officers in the field, Metro has enacted the "Screw You Policy" and now if there is a car accident those persons involved will have to exchange information, photograph the seen, direct traffic, and wait for a tow truck if needed..
God Forbid if the accident has been caused by a drunk driver or the parties involved get into a fight over who is in the wrong since no law enforcement will be there to act as referee, much less take "Vital Statistic's" such as tire marks and distance from impact.
They "Metro" have abandoned their duties, and have sold us down the river. Highways will be like the toll roads at New Jersey, and the Chief is no better then Chris Christy .....
Shame On You "METRO"..... And Shame On The "CHIEF"
........................................................................For Tactics Only a THUG Would Employ
Vegas is still recovering from the housing market and the lack of revenue from vacationers..
We always treated our police department fairly and your pay was higher then most Metro's and your benefits were second to none.....I know of Police officers who have left their jobs in other cities to come to work for Las Vegas due to the raise in pay they would receive and the perks available to them at signing..
Even By Las Vegas Standards......This is a Cheap Trick.............
It isn't rocket science people. They have never come out for fender benders in LA. I was hit in 2004 and we traded personal information. That includes ALL of the information on the drivers license AND registration; not just the insurance card. Try carrying a disposable camera or use your cell phone to take some pictures for christ sake AND include the license plate in said pictures!
I contacted her insurance the next day and they sent an adjuster right away, While he was there taking pictures he told me that their client had not reported the accident to them. I made contact every few days to follow up with her insurance and she never reported it. I turned in my information to my insurance company (which is why you should have it) and they decided I was not at fault. 100% percent payment from them and no deductible. It was pretty easy actually.
About ten months later I got a call from a legal team who worked for the insurance company inquiring about the accident. I still had all of my documents and they went to the lawyers. They sued, she lost.
Now where o' where is there $$$ to fund police officers??
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