Las Vegas Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
The Bourassa Law Group can provide you with all of the legal services you need for Las Vegas pedestrian accident cases. We have the experience and knowledge to work your case and help you try to get the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys know how to battle with insurance companies to reach settlements and litigate cases when necessary.
We know the statutes and laws in Nevada to successfully reach a favorable outcome. We understand how devastating it is to be injured in a pedestrian accident. We have a real passion for helping our clients and will stick by your side every step of the way.
With our affordable rates, compassion and high-quality customer service, you can be assured that you are in excellent hands. You shouldn’t have to go through this difficult time alone. Let us handle all the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on healing from your injuries and moving forward with your life.
Regardless of the severity of your injuries, we will fight hard for you to ensure that we get the maximum settlement you are entitled to. We are available any time to take your call and answer any questions you have. During the process of your case, we’ll be sure to keep you updated on the status so you never feel like you don’t know what’s going on.
Contact The Bourassa Law Group now at (702) 851-2180 to schedule a no-cost consultation about your case.
Statistics for Pedestrian Accidents in Nevada
Because Las Vegas is a very popular tourist attraction, pedestrian accidents are, sadly, quite common. Anyone walking on the streets of Las Vegas is at risk for being hit by a car, truck or any other motor vehicle on the road.
Year after year, the city of Las Vegas ranks among the top ten for the most traffic accidents. According to the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety, pedestrian fatalities have increased by 19% from 2018 to 2019.
Of all accidents involving a motor vehicle and pedestrian, three-fourths of them result in at least one fatality. Despite the Nevada Department of Transportation and Public Safety’s $10 million spent every year to keep pedestrians safe, pedestrian accidents still happen.
Las Vegas pedestrian accidents can happen anywhere. Pedestrian accidents are three times more likely to occur when someone is crossing a roadway than when someone is walking along a roadway. No matter how careful you are when you’re walking, you still face the risk of being hit by negligent drivers.
There are many reasons why cars collide with people who are walking on or beside roads. No matter whether the cause is driver error or some external force, many people are injured or killed on a daily basis in a pedestrian accident.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Traffic Accidents
Cities like Las Vegas see an influx of tourists every year. More people mean more vehicles. And more vehicles mean an increased likelihood of pedestrian accidents. Some of the most common causes of Las Vegas pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Reckless driving
- Failure to yield to a pedestrian
Drivers aren’t as attentive to pedestrians as they should be because they assume that they have the right of way in any situation. This is not the case. When someone is crossing the street in a crosswalk, the driver is supposed to stop and let them cross.
Knowing the rules of the road is imperative in keeping pedestrians safe. Unfortunately, most drivers don’t understand or don’t know about pedestrian traffic laws and people who are walking can pay a very high price for that.
Locations Where the Most Pedestrian Accidents Occur
Las Vegas has many areas where pedestrian accidents are more likely to occur than others:
- Crosswalks: Even though street signs and traffic lights are supposed to prevent motorists from colliding with pedestrians, accidents in crosswalks are still very common. Some drivers aren’t aware that pedestrians have the right of way at a crosswalk. If a driver is in a hurry, they might speed up to try to beat a pedestrian to the crosswalk, resulting in a deadly accident.
- Commercial parking lots: Parking facilities associated with hotels and shopping malls see large numbers of Las Vegas pedestrian accidents every day. The confusing layouts and lack of appropriate signs to guide people who are driving and walking is a major contributor to these accidents. When someone is driving too fast through one of these parking lots or isn’t paying attention, it is almost impossible for them to stop in time to avoid hitting a pedestrian.
- Sidewalks: Pedestrians walking on sidewalks along major highways or roadways where there’s an abundance of traffic are always at risk for an accident. A driver who is impaired or distracted could easily jump the curb onto a sidewalk and collide with or run over someone.
What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident
Knowing what to do after your accident is critical, both to your recovery and to your personal injury case. Even if your injuries are minor, you should immediately seek medical treatment at a hospital or an urgent care facility.
This will provide documentation to show that you were injured in the pedestrian accident and can be used to prove the driver was liable for your accident and the resulting injuries.
After you seek initial medical treatment, you should be sure to follow up with your primary care physician or any specialist the ER physician recommended. If necessary, continuing to have your injuries treated on a regular basis will prove to an insurance company that your injuries require ongoing physician care.
After you seek medical treatment, you should retain an experienced pedestrian accident attorney to handle all the legal aspects of your case. Not having an attorney on your recovery team can cost you even more than the losses you’ve already experienced. Individuals who try to handle personal injury cases without legal counsel often end up with no compensation. If they do win compensation, it is usually only a fraction of what they should have and would have received if they’d had a highly-qualified personal injury attorney handling their case.
When you hire The Bourassa Law Group, we will begin to work on your case right away. Important evidence will need to be gathered in order to prove the motorist was at fault and should be held responsible for your pedestrian accident injuries. Some of the most important evidence we will gather includes:
- Police and traffic reports
- The driver’s insurance information
- Photographs of the accident scene, driver’s vehicle and your injuries
- Video surveillance of the accident
- Witness statements
- Medical records and bills
After all of the necessary evidence is gathered and a claim is filed with the driver’s insurance company, we will use everything we collected to prove the driver should be held responsible for any damages you incurred as a result of your pedestrian accident injuries. In the state of Nevada, all motorists must carry auto insurance with specific minimum limits to coverages (including bodily injury coverage). Their bodily injury coverage limits will determine the maximum settlement you can receive.
Call The Bourassa Law Group today at (702) 851-2180 so we can begin fighting for the compensation you are owed from your pedestrian accident.
What Compensation Are You Entitled To?
Your pedestrian accident attorney will begin the quest for fair compensation by entering into settlement negotiations with the negligent driver’s auto insurance company. The liability limits in the at-fault motorist’s insurance policy can be used to pay for all your damages.
Damages pay for the losses you have suffered as a result of an accident. Nevada laws allow for a number of damages to be filed in a claim for necessary compensation. Depending on the driver’s insurance policy, some of the damages that may be covered include, but are not limited to:
- Hospital and urgent care visits
- Home health care
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Prescription medications
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional and mental trauma
- Lost potential income
We are skilled at combing through insurance policies to determine if our client’s expenses can and should be covered. We will obtain the motorist’s insurance policy and file a claim at the beginning of your case to determine what the coverages are.
This can be an overwhelming time for you and we want to relieve some of the burdens by handling the complicated stuff ourselves. When settlement negotiations begin with the insurance company, we will be aggressive in getting you the maximum compensation available.
If The Bourassa Law Group can’t reach an acceptable settlement with the insurance company, we will file a lawsuit against them and the responsible driver. Lawsuits take time, but they can be very effective in reaching a positive outcome for your case. We have years of experience litigating cases for our clients. We know the steps we need to take and will ensure your peace of mind during the entire process. Whether we are able to settle or need to file a lawsuit, our attorneys have the experience to get the job done.
Call The Bourassa Law Group Today
You can depend on the professional and experience legal team at The Bourassa Law Group to fight for you. We will be there for you from beginning to end. At The Bourassa Law Group, our clients and their cases are our priority. We provide constant communication about your case, and we make sure that your concerns and issues are fully addressed at every phase of the process.
Don’t be afraid of confusing insurance policies and intimidating insurance companies. We’ll handle all the details for you from start to finish. All you’ll have to worry about is taking care of yourself.
We provide free consultations so you don’t have to worry about spending more money in order to get some legal advice. And, you don’t pay us until we win your case. Our passion is to help our clients get justice in their Las Vegas pedestrian accidents. Contact us right now at (702) 851-2180 and let us handle the legal side of your road to recovery.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.