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Environmental factors can lead to a serious fall

You fly to Las Vegas and check into your hotel, which is connected to your favorite casino. It's the perfect set-up, you think to yourself. You never have to leave the building to have all of the fun that you're after.

What you don't know is that you're going to get involved in a serious slip-and-fall accident in the next couple of days. You're going to break your hip and wind up in the hospital. It's going to be expensive and painful, and you're going to feel like the hotel and/or the casino itself is to blame.

Are pedestrian deaths up because they're intoxicated?

The unfortunate reality is that people often have a tendency to blame the victim. When all evidence suggests that they should be looking the other way when casting blame, they try to figure out what the victim did to make something unfortunate happen to themselves.

A great example of this comes from some recent reports on pedestrian fatalities. Rather than asking why pedestrians deaths were on the rise and why people faced such grave dangers around traffic, researchers said that pedestrians were more likely to walk around while they were drunk, thus leading to these accidents.

Why do police engage in illegal searches?

The police come to your hotel room, enter, and search it without your permission. Someone left illegal drugs in the hotel room -- maybe it was you, maybe it was the last guest, maybe it was someone else in your group with whom you traveled to Las Vegas. That doesn't matter, at the moment, because you're the one who gets back to the hotel room first, and they arrest you on drug charges.

Was that search illegal? It probably was if the police did not have probable cause and did not have a search warrant. Generally speaking, they must have a reason to think that a crime is happening or that they'll find evidence, they have to ask for a warrant from the court and then they can enter under the authority of the warrant.

Despite what they think, drivers can avoid distractions

Distracted driving is an epidemic. It threatens cyclists, pedestrians and other drivers. It causes accidents, leads to serious injuries and takes lives.

Despite all of this, many drivers act like they can't avoid distractions, as if it's out of their hands. Even after a crash, they blame an inanimate device, rather than themselves.

Does crime happen less often when cameras are present?

You walk into a hotel in Las Vegas, and you instantly notice that they have security cameras all over the place. Behind the desk. In the lobby. Near the elevators. In the halls. Everywhere you turn, you see cameras watching your every move.

You decide that this must mean the hotel sees a lot of crime and doesn't offer a safe place for you to stay. You switch to another establishment, where you don't see any cameras. You take this as a sign that crime levels remain low and they don't need the cameras, so you feel safer and you book a room.

Doctor: Drug use is not a moral problem

If you get arrested on drug possession charges in Nevada, or if you get caught using illegal drugs, the reaction from friends and family members may be predictable: They're shocked and even angry that you made this decision. They don't know how you could have put your future in jeopardy like this.

What they don't know is that you never made that choice. And, in some ways, you're just as shocked and confused as they are.

Pedestrian accidents: Common causes and how to stay safe

It doesn't matter if you live in Las Vegas or are visiting to have some fun, there's a good chance you'll regularly consider yourself a pedestrian. For example, many people spend a lot of time walking up and down the Strip, visiting one casino after the next.

Even with a variety of safety features in place, you're still at risk of being injured in a pedestrian-car accident. There are many common causes of these accidents, including:

  • Distracted driving: If a driver is looking at the bright lights of the casinos, as opposed to the road, they're more likely to strike a pedestrian.
  • Speeding: With so many pedestrians in the area, drivers must take extra caution in regard to how fast they're driving.
  • Failure to yield to pedestrians: Drivers are expected to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks, giving them the ability to safely make it to the other side of the road.
  • Failure to use turn signals: If a driver neglects to use a turn signal, a pedestrian may get the wrong impression about what they're doing.
  • Disregard for traffic conditions: Las Vegas is well known for heavy traffic, which can result in aggressive and reckless driving. This increases the risk of an accident with another vehicle or pedestrian.
  • Driving under the influence: Many people love Las Vegas because of their ability to party at all times of the day and night. There's nothing wrong with having a good time, but drinking and driving puts everyone at risk.

Are you riding with a distracted driver?

As a passenger, it is easy enough to trust the driver you're with and fiddle around on your phone until you get to your destination. You don't think they'll make a mistake or put you in danger. You probably don't even spend all that much time watching the road or watching the driver.

Maybe you should. After all, you are literally putting your life in that person's hands. If they get distracted and cause an accident, you could be the one who suffers some serious injuries.

What does a grand jury do?

You get arrested and charged with a crime in Nevada, and your case goes before a grand jury. What does this mean for you? What is the grand jury trying to decide? If this is your first time dealing with the criminal justice system, you may face a fair amount of confusion that can make everything seem far more complicated than it really is. It's important to know where you stand and how the process works.

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Selling imitation drugs is still illegal

A friend has been dealing drugs for some time, and you've always envied this source of income. When you mention it, your friend offers to get you into the business. You express your doubts because of the illegality of it, and your friend counters by telling you that he just sells imitation drugs so it's not dangerous and it's not illegal.

Is that true? If you take your friend at his word and get caught selling it, the decision you make could impact the rest of your life. How much do you trust that information?

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