The Las Vegas Strip is constantly bustling and full of bright lights and diversions for those visiting the area. One downside to the city is that it can be overcrowded and sometimes dangerous to pedestrians. This is because vacationers are trying to navigate several obstacles — the city itself, taxi drivers, rideshare drivers, and other people in town. Moreover, Las Vegas crosswalks and sidewalks are often full of mobs of people trying to find their way to their destination while at the same time taking in the sights of the city. Unfortunately, this combination can easily result in motorists hitting pedestrians, often with results that are tragic and even fatal.
Danger in Las Vegas
According to a news report issued by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, 2017 was the deadliest year on record for Las Vegas pedestrians thus far. 78 pedestrians were fatally struck in Clark County on public roads according to preliminary figures released by the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). In 2016, pedestrian fatalities were at 57 and the prior all time high record was in 2015 with 60 total pedestrian fatalities. Law enforcement note that speeding, alcohol impairment, and inattentive drivers and pedestrians all account for this increase in deaths.
Common Pedestrian Accidents and Injuries
There are several factors that contribute to pedestrian accidents. Some of these include drivers failing to:
Look carefully before backing up;
Utilize proper caution around busses;
Yield the right of way at crosswalks and intersections;
Focus solely on the road (i.e., distracted driving);
Brake or swerve quickly enough when a pedestrian enters the road.
While each pedestrian accident is as unique as those involved, there are common pedestrian injuries in these types of accidents, if the crash is not a fatal one. Common pedestrian injuries include broken bones such as arms, legs, and ribs; traumatic brain injuries; serious spine injuries; scrapes and bruises; among others.
Filing a Claim and Recovering Compensation
If you have been hurt in a pedestrian accident in Las Vegas, you should take the following steps as quickly as possible. First, be sure to write down everything about the accident that you can remember. The information should include date, time, and place; the car’s make and model; driver’s information, if available; contact information of any witnesses; your injuries and symptoms; time lost from work; and any other evidence. Gathering evidence from your pedestrian accident should include photos and video footage. Once you have all of this information, contact a local personal injury attorney.
Nevada law allows a pedestrian accident victim to seek monetary compensation for damage suffered. These may include coverage for:
Past and future medical expenses;
Past and future lost wages;
Pain and suffering;
Other expenses relating to injuries; and
Punitive damages (only in some cases).
If you, the pedestrian, was at fault for the accident that caused your injuries, you may still be able to recover compensation. Pedestrians have a responsibility to follow traffic laws and also use common sense when crossing the street. This is because Nevada follows a modified comparative negligence theory which allows a victim of an accident to recover compensation if he or she is found to be less than 50% at fault for the accident.
Personal Injury Help in Nevada
Contact the skilled personal injury attorneys at Parry & Pfau for help if you or someone you know has been injured in a Las Vegas pedestrian accident, whether or not you were partly at fault for the accident that caused your injuries.
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