Nevada Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Pedestrians are some of the most physically vulnerable travelers on the road. Even at slow speeds, collisions between pedestrians and standard size vehicles can have devastating consequences. Cars can weigh well over a ton, while commercial vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. This means that the results of even a minor accident involving a pedestrian could be tragic.
If you or someone you care about has been involved in a pedestrian accident, you are most likely going through an extremely painful, confusing, and frightening time, especially if you are having to cope with a traumatic injury or death.
However, at The Bourassa Law Group, we want you to know that you do not have to go through this painful time alone. You have a legal right to seek justice, and our compassionate team of Nevada pedestrian accident attorneys will work tirelessly to help you obtain it.
Our dedicated legal team is committed to doing everything necessary to hold all responsible parties accountable for their reckless or negligent actions. We will guide you through every step of the litigation process, and keep you informed so you never have to worry about what comes next.
The Bourassa Law Group has the experience and the resources to make sure that you receive the maximum compensation for the pedestrian accident you’ve been involved in. Contact us today at (702) 851-2180 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
How Common Are Pedestrian Accidents?
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are becoming increasingly common. According to a recent study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the total number of reported pedestrian deaths reached a new high. Researchers found that in the year 2018, almost 63.000 pedestrian traffic fatalities were reported nationwide.
Alarmingly, this number of pedestrian fatalities is more than 3 percent higher than in 2017. Additionally, it is the highest reported number of pedestrian traffic fatalities in nearly 30 years. If current trends continue into the future, many researchers project that the number of pedestrian deaths will only increase.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk of fatality for pedestrians is approximately twice that of the risk of fatality for vehicle occupants in the event of an accident.
So, how exactly do pedestrian accidents happen? Here are several of the most common causes:
- Distracted drivers – Distracted driving continues to be one of the major leading causes of all fatal traffic accidents. Some of the most common distractions include texting, answering a phone call, and trying to calm down a fussy child. Even if a driver takes their eyes off the road or their hands off the wheel for just a few seconds, that driver significantly increases their risk of causing a severe car accident.
- Driving over the speed limit – Even when traveling at slow speeds, vehicles can inflict debilitating injuries on pedestrians when an accident happens.
At high speeds, drivers tend to lose awareness of their surroundings. This means that someone traveling over the speed limit may not recognize the presence of a pedestrian until it is too late to avoid a fatal accident.
- Intoxicated driving – Intoxicated driving is a criminal offense in the state of Nevada, in part because it greatly increases the risk of fatal traffic accidents. Alcohol can severely impair a person’s thinking, vision, muscle control, and reaction time. This means that operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol can result in a serious accident.
- Failing to yield or stop for pedestrians – Many drivers don’t understand the traffic laws concerning pedestrians and their roadway rights. In some cases, new drivers who aren’t familiar with pedestrian traffic laws don’t know when to yield to people walking. Unfortunately, these drivers often end up causing serious collisions as a result of not yielding in required situations.
- Inclement weather conditions – When traveling on roads laden with slow, sleet, rain, or ice, a vehicle’s tires can lose traction. Inclement weather conditions increase a driver’s risk of swerving, skidding, or spinning out on the road. If a driver loses control of their vehicle, then it may be extremely difficult — or even impossible — to avoid a fatal accident with a pedestrian.
- Left turns – Statistically, left turns are more dangerous than right turns for several reasons: the turning radius is generally wider for a left turn, and drivers tend to speed up during the maneuver. Additionally, drivers experience more blind spots when turning left than turning right. This means that more pedestrians are potentially exposed to speeding vehicles, occupied with drivers who have more blind spots.
In fact, according to a study from the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), these blind spots are called “visibility impairments” that are created by a combination of several elements. Because of these impairments, drivers might not even be aware of a pedestrian’s presence until an accident has already occurred.
- Backing up – Because backing out of a parking lot is generally a slow speed maneuver, many drivers neglect to check their rear and side view mirrors for pedestrians passing behind them. However, it is critical for drivers to make a habit of checking and double-checking these mirrors before pulling out of a parking spot because children are particularly vulnerable to back up pedestrian accidents.
Safety Tips for Drivers and Pedestrians in Nevada
According to the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), between 2012 and 2016, 353 pedestrians were killed and 720 pedestrians were severely injured in accidents throughout the state.
Unfortunately, the problem is only getting worse. To reduce your risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident, you should educate yourself on Nevada’s pedestrian safety laws. NDOT has outlined several pedestrian safety tips. If you are a pedestrian, you should:
- Follow all traffic laws – To remain as safe as possible, it’s critical that you obey all traffic laws. This includes using crosswalks at all intersections and refraining from suddenly walking into the path of a moving vehicle.
- Stay alert – Staying alert on the road isn’t just important for drivers. It’s also important for pedestrians, too. Be sure to always look both ways when you are crossing a street, and never walk while you are actively using your cellphone. Unfortunately, texting and walking is just as dangerous as texting and driving.
- Stand out – To help drivers be able to see you more clearly, wear brightly colored clothing or reflectors that will make you more visible, even in overcast weather or in the dark.
- Make eye contact with drivers – By making eye contact with drivers whenever possible, you are also making them aware of your presence. This will, in turn, cause drivers to take more caution when traveling around you, as well as other pedestrians on the road.
- Accompany children – Children under the age of ten are especially susceptible to being involved in fatal pedestrian collisions. They are unaware of the danger around them and can suddenly dart out into oncoming traffic or run in the path of a moving car while playing.
When they are walking on roadways, all children who are 10 years old or younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Drivers are also responsible for pedestrian safety. When you’re driving, you should:
- Follow all traffic laws – To the possibility of being at fault for a pedestrian injury or fatality, it’s essential that you carefully follow all traffic laws. This includes waiting for all crossing pedestrians to clear the road before moving forward and refraining from passing in front of a vehicle that has stopped for pedestrians.
- Drive cautiously – Staying safe means slowing down your vehicle at busy intersections, and always looking left and right before making a turn.
- Look for pedestrians – When traveling in a pedestrian-laden area, it’s important to actively look for people who may be crossing the road without using a crosswalk. Remember, just because you’re following traffic laws doesn’t mean everyone else is.
- Make eye contact with pedestrians – By making eye contact with pedestrians, you’re letting them know that you are aware of their presence. This will also remind you to drive more carefully in areas busy with people who are traveling on foot.
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Traffic collisions that involve pedestrians have a greater risk of resulting in serious injury or death. If you or someone you care about has suffered from the tragic consequences of a pedestrian accident, you have every right to pursue legal action against any and all responsible parties.
Dealing with the aftermath of any traffic accident can be overwhelming, especially if you have to cope with a serious injury or tragic death. Additionally, medical care and lost wages can add even more stress to the situation.
At The Bourassa Law Group, our team of experienced pedestrian accident lawyers will work diligently to win the compensation you are entitled to.
Call us today at (702) 851-2180 to schedule a free consultation about your pedestrian accident case.