Fender Bender in Vegas? Police Say You’re on Your Own

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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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