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Tips on Staying Safe While Hiking or Camping on Memorial Day

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on May 23, 2012

A new article gives tips to those persons who plan to descend on campgrounds and other park areas over the Memorial Day weekend, and even though the report concerns people in the state of Utah, the lessons could be applied just about anywhere.

When taking your family camping or just heading out by yourself or with friends on a hike through nature, it’s important to be aware of potential dangers so that you can stay safe.  If you are out with your family, then it’s advisable to always carefully supervise your children, and even your pets.  A river or stream flowing rapidly or getting higher because of rainfall can be particularly hazardous and requires extra caution.

Those persons who plan to go off-roading are advised to always be responsible, as well as to stick to those areas where such a practice is permitted.  And anyone out hiking should always be prepared for the worst.  A coat, extra food, extra water, and tools to help stoke a fire are simple yet essential items that can help ensure safety should a person get trapped in an unknown area and have to survive for any amount of time.

Anyone planning on utilizing a fire should carefully review the area rules of such a practice before they head out.  All flammable debris such as vegetation should be cleared away, water and a shovel should be nearby in case the fire has to be put out quickly, and everyone should double check that their blaze is out before leaving an area.

Lake Mead Helicopter Tour Accident Kills 5

By Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer on December 8, 2011

News sources reported that a luxury helicopter tour of the Las Vegas Sunset Strip and Hoover Dam crashed into a mountainside Wednesday evening, taking the lives of the pilot and four passengers near Lake Mead. The tour was operated by Sundance helicopters in Las Vegas.

According to National Park Service spokesman Andrew Munoz, the accident occurred in the River Mountains surrounding Lake Mead just before 5pm on Wednesday. The crash, which was remotely witnessed by numerous people, happened about 4 miles west of Lake Mead and roughly 30 miles from the Las Vegas Strip. The scene is not accessible by road an initially slowed a rescue and recovery effort until early Thursday. A park ranger rode a 4-wheel drive vehicle to scene in the meantime to protect the bodies and scene until the investigation could begin.

Ian Gregor, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, stated that the helicopter was an AS-350, and could hold up to six passengers during an air tour. The FAA is unclear as to what may have caused the accident, as the weather was mostly clear Wednesday in that area.

The identities of the victims have yet to be disclosed as officials are continuing their investigation.

As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I’m deeply saddened to learn of this tragic accident. In my time as a personal injury lawyer, I’ve seen the devastating effects that accidents similar to this have had on the family and friends left behind, and I offer my most sincere condolences as they mourn their loss.

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