Between 2008 and 2012, 234 pedestrians were killed and 784 were badly injured on Nevada roadways. Last year alone, 69 pedestrians were killed, sadly part of an increasing trend. Many believe it will be difficult to change what some lawmakers consider to be a “who-gives-a-flip” culture on our roads, where speed limits and turn signals often seem optional.
The state has tried to help the problem by installing red light cameras, better signage, and increased lighting. However, only pedestrians and drivers working together can reduce the frequency of these incidents.
Most pedestrian fatalities occur when trying to cross the street outside of the designated crosswalk. Drivers are not expecting to see pedestrians and a quick lapse of judgement on the pedestrian’s part can have fatal consequences. Looking both ways before crossing is not always enough – as there are many distracted drivers on the road.
Even when using a crosswalk, experts advise us to not fall into a false sense of security. Instead, following the following tips for both drivers and pedestrians are offered by the Nevada Department of Public Safety.
Tips for Pedestrians
- Distracted pedestrians are just as dangerous as distracted drivers
- Always cross in designated areas
- Don’t blindly trust traffic signals
- Wait until cars come to a complete stop before crossing
- Make initial eye contact with the driver and maintain it throughout the crossing
- Wear bright, reflective clothing when crossing at night
- Never cross an intersection diagonally
Tips for Drivers
- Expect to see pedestrians at every intersection
- Come to a complete stop before turning right on red
- Be extra cautious when yielding on a left hand turn
- Be alert and maintain eye contact with pedestrians to let them know you see them
- Always look twice and check your blind spots for motorcycles and bikes
- Do not text and drive
- Always keep your windows clean and unobstructed
Many pedestrian accidents lead to serious injury. The costs quickly add up – hospital bills, doctor visits, rehabilitation services, and lost wages. If your injury was the result of another’s negligence, is imperative to file a timely claim against the at fault party.
At the David Boehrer Law Firm, we provide compassionate guidance so that our clients receive the compensation to which they are entitled for their injuries.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a pedestrian accident regardless of fault, we welcome your call today to discuss your options with an experienced attorney, at (702) 750-0750.