Las Vegas Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
All pedestrian accidents have the potential to result in serious injuries concussions, fractures, and other serious injuries. Pedestrians have little to protect them in the event of a collision. So even low-speed car accidents can prove fatal. It is particularly important for pedestrians in Las Vegas to practice safe walking habits because the city consistently ranks among the most dangerous in the country for pedestrians.
If you are one of the many victims of pedestrian accidents in Nevada, it is important that you learn about your legal rights and options. The experienced Las Vegas pedestrian accident attorneys at the Breyer Law Offices, P.C. help injured victims obtain fair compensation to cover damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and emotional distress. If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident, please call us at (702) 380-8000 to find out how we can help you.
A recent study, entitled "Dangerous by Design" listed Las Vegas as the 13th most dangerous metropolitan areas in the United States for pedestrians. Between the years 2003 and 2012, 540 Nevadans were killed while walking of which 413 were in metro Las Vegas at the time of the crash. For every 100,000 people, 1.85 people were killed in Las Vegas while walking.
There are many reasons why walking in the city can prove treacherous. Many of our streets were simply not designed for safe pedestrian use. The city needs to create wider sidewalks with curb extensions and shorter street crossing distances. More should be done to prevent alcohol-related crashes as well. Las Vegas is known for being a destination city. People come from around the world to party here. This inevitably leads to a large number of intoxicated drivers and pedestrians who make poor decisions.
The actions you take while walking will greatly affect whether or not you will be involved in an accident. No amount of caution can prevent all pedestrian accidents, but here are a few tips to help you stay safe:
- Only cross at crosswalks and intersections.
- Obey all traffic controls and signals.
- Make eye contact with drivers before stepping onto the roadway.
- Call a cab instead of walking home if you have been drinking.
- Do not enter traffic while looking at your phone.
- Look out for drivers who are speeding or weaving through traffic.
- Wear bright clothing and carry a flashlight if walking at night.
It is important that you take the steps necessary to avoid an accident because pedestrian accidents almost always result in major or even catastrophic injuries. Pedestrians have nothing protecting their bodies. So they are vulnerable to severe traumatic injuries when struck by vehicles.
It is tragically common for drivers to disregard crosswalks. Some fail to even look before turning and fail to yield to pedestrians who have the right of way. Nevada law requires all motorists to stop and yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks. Motorists are also required to yield the right of way to pedestrians before exiting form driveways or parking lots. These types of pedestrian accidents often involve drivers who are distracted, fatigued, inattentive or impaired. Motorists who fail to exercise care while driving can be held accountable for the damages they cause.
Injured pedestrian accident victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospital costs, rehabilitation, permanent injury, disability, pain and suffering and emotional distress. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, it is important to collect as much evidence as you can including the police incident report, photographs from the scene and contact information for the other parties involved as well as eyewitnesses.
The skilled Las Vegas accident lawyers at the Breyer Law Offices, P.C. fight hard for the rights of injured victims and their families. We understand the tremendous emotional and financial challenges injured victims and their families face. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, please contact us for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation and case evaluation.
- Pedestrian Safety Projects - Nevada DOT
- Pedestrian Safety Awareness - Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
- Pedestrian Safety - CDC