Spike in Las Vegas Traffic Deaths in 2019 Raises Concern

The number of local traffic-related fatalities in 2019 was already at nine before the month of January had ended, according to a report by News 3 Las Vegas. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) officials fear that if the trend continues, 2019 will exceed 2018’s number of traffic fatalities. The metropolitan areas of Nevada had their deadliest year so far in 2018, with 331 road fatalities — an increase of 6.4% from the prior year, according to the Nevada Department of Public Safety.

Causes of Traffic Fatalities

While everyone on the road needs to be aware of their surroundings, drivers must take particular care to protect the lives of motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Negligent driving, or failure to take proper care and attention on the road while operating a motor vehicle, can cause severe bodily harm or even death to an unprotected victim. Some contributing factors to of fatality-causing accident involving bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians include:

  • Lack of bicycle lanes;

  • Aggressive drivers and motorcyclists;

  • Negligent drivers and motorcyclists;

  • Busier intersections; and

  • Distracted drivers and pedestrians;

Both the LVMPD and NHP believe the causes of these deaths include speeding, driving while impaired, distracted driving, failure to wear a seatbelt, and traffic violations. As part of its fight against traffic fatalities, the LVMPD and NHP have joined forces with a DUI strike team, which has made more than 60 arrests already in 2019.

Pedestrians at Higher Risk

According to NHP officials, pedestrian deaths are also on the rise, with five of the nine Las Vegas traffic-related fatalities this year involving pedestrians. Las Vegas consistently ranks among the top 10 pedestrian accident traffic spots in the nation. The most cited cause for this is the massive number of visitors that Las Vegas has every month, which results in a high volume of foot traffic. Not surprisingly, pedestrians are at a higher risk of serious injury or death in a car accident because, unlike the minimal protection bicyclists and motorcyclists have from helmets and other safety gear, pedestrians have absolutely no protection whatsoever. It is important to understand that pedestrians have the right of way; this applies to marked and unmarked crosswalks. Likewise, pedestrians who are blind or have other sight issues always have the right of way.

Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorneys

Being involved in a car accident in Las Vegas can have life-changing effects on both the victim and his or her loved ones. Beyond recovering from medical issues, a victim must confront pilling bills and loss of income. Do not try to navigate the complex area of personal injury law by yourself. If you or someone you care about has been hurt in a Las Vegas accident due to the fault of another, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Parry & Pfau today for your initial consultation.   

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