The natural wonders and fun-filled activities found throughout Nevada attract millions of visitors every year, but some of the most popular destinations are also some of the state’s most dangerous locations. People who are planning a trip to Nevada and those who already live in the state need to be aware of the risks.
1. Lake Mead
Lake Mead records the second highest number of fatalities among all national parks in the country. Drownings are the top cause of death in national parks. Lake Mead’s primary draw is its lake and the area is known as a party destination. Anytime people mix partying with water activities, a large number of personal injuries are bound to occur.
2. Las Vegas and Clark County
Las Vegas is the largest draw for tourists in Nevada, but like many big cities, it has a higher crime rate than the national average. Since 2015, the Las Vegas murder rate has doubled. Thankfully, most tourists do not run into trouble, but it is worth noting which neighborhoods are safest. Staying near the main attractions while visiting the city can help keep visitors safe.
3. Desert Alluvial Fans
Alluvial fans are flattened areas in the desert that are created after flash floods. These are a common place for rattlesnakes to live, and one bite can be lethal. When exploring Nevada, tourists are best off avoiding alluvial fans.
4. I-15 Freeway
The I-15 freeway south of Las Vegas has the most fatalities of any road in Nevada. The portion of the freeway that runs through the Las Vegas “Strip” is also a dangerous bit of road, often due to the number of people who drive under the influence. Many personal injury attorneys in Las Vegas have worked with clients who were injured on this stretch of road.
5. US Highway 50
Another roadway, US Highway 50 is dangerous because it lacks services. Drivers who enter the road will enjoy stunning views, but no access to fresh water, food, or gasoline. They should only take to this road with a full tank of gas, a well-maintained car, and plenty of food and water, as well as a blanket for cold desert nights. Drivers should also get plenty of rest before heading out since long stretches of road can lead to drowsy driving accidents.