Do You Know Nevada Pedestrian Laws for Pedestrians?
Did you know that Nevada ranks among the worst states for pedestrian deaths? In November, the 89th traffic fatality in Metro’s jurisdiction was reported for 2020. It occurred when a driver struck and killed a pedestrian crossing the street outside of a marked crosswalk. Unfortunately, this death is one of many pedestrian deaths this year. Pedestrian safety is the responsibility of both drivers and walkers. Pedestrian laws are in place to help keep everyone safe. Do you know Nevada pedestrian laws for pedestrians? If you are a Nevada pedestrian, these laws could potentially save your life. Below we will provide Nevada pedestrian laws for pedestrians.
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Nevada Pedestrian Laws for Pedestrians
Nevada is a dangerous state for pedestrians. Laws can help keep everyone safe. Nevada pedestrian laws are contained in Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 484B.283 through 484B.297.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.283
Pedestrian signals are designed to keep pedestrians and drivers safe. Per NRS 484B.283, pedestrian signals indicate the following:
- While the “Walk” indication or walking person symbol is illuminated, pedestrians facing the signal may proceed to cross in the direction of the signal.
- A pedestrian may proceed to cross in the direction of the following signal. An illuminated and flashing “Don’t Walk” or “Wait” indication or an upraised hand symbol accompanied by a countdown timer. The pedestrian must complete the crossing before the countdown timer gets to zero.
- A pedestrian may not proceed to cross the highway with the following signal. An illuminated and flashing “Don’t Walk” or “Wait” indication or an upraised hand symbol not accompanied by a countdown timer. A pedestrian who entered the highway lawfully may continue to cross the highway. The pedestrian must proceed to a curb, sidewalk, safety zone, or other place of safety. They must do so before the “Don’t Walk” or “Wait” indication or an upraised hand symbol is illuminated and steady.
- While the “Don’t Walk” or “Wait” indication or an upraised hand symbol is illuminated and steady a pedestrian may not proceed to cross. A pedestrian who entered the highway lawfully may continue to cross the highway. The pedestrian must proceed to a curb, sidewalk, safety zone, or other place of safety as soon as possible.
If a vehicle injures you as a pedestrian, seek medical help immediately. Once you have received medical care, consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Time is of the essence: ensure you have an experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer fighting for you. Contact the experienced team at Anthem Injury Lawyers at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.287
NRS 484B.287 states the following:
1. Except as provided in NRS 484B.290:
(a) Every pedestrian crossing a highway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the highway.
(b) Any pedestrian crossing a highway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the highway.
(c) Between adjacent intersections at which official traffic-control devices are in operation pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk.
(d) A pedestrian shall not cross an intersection diagonally unless authorized by official traffic-control devices.
(e) When authorized to cross diagonally, pedestrians shall cross only in accordance with the official traffic-control devices pertaining to such crossing movements.
Pedestrian laws help keep everyone on the road safe. If a Las Vegas driver injures you as a pedestrian, seek medical help immediately. Once you receive proper medical treatment, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. The experienced team at Anthem Injury Lawyers will work aggressively to protect your rights and help you receive maximum compensation. Our law office is in Henderson, Nevada and we work with clients all over Las Vegas. If you are injured severely and cannot visit our Las Vegas area law office, we can come to you. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.290
Under NRS 484B.290 a person who is blind has the right-of-way. A driver who violates NRS 484B.290(1) can face a fine or imprisonment. NRS 484B.290(1) provides as follows:
- A person who is blind and who is on foot and using a service animal or carrying a cane or walking stick white in color, or white tipped with red, has the right-of-way when entering or when on a highway, street or road of this State. Any driver of a vehicle who approaches or encounters such a person shall yield the right-of-way, come to a full stop, if necessary, and take precautions before proceeding to avoid a crash or injury to the person.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.293
NRS 484B.293 applies to the direction of pedestrian movement in crosswalks. It states the following:
- Pedestrians shall move whenever practicable upon the right half of crosswalks.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.297
NRS 484B.297 provides the following:
1. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 6, where sidewalks are provided, it is unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent highway.
2. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 6, pedestrians walking along highways where sidewalks are not provided shall walk on the left side of those highways facing the approaching traffic.
3. A person shall not stand in a highway to solicit a ride or any business from the driver or any occupant of a vehicle. A person shall not, without a permit issued pursuant to NRS 244.3555 or 268.423, solicit any contribution from the driver or any occupant of a vehicle.
4. It is unlawful for any pedestrian who is under the influence of intoxicating liquors or any narcotic or stupefying drug to be within the traveled portion of any highway.
5. The provisions of this section apply to riders of animals, except that the provisions of subsections 1, 2 and 3 do not apply to a peace officer who rides an animal while performing his or her duties as a peace officer.
6. A pedestrian walking or otherwise traveling on a sidewalk who encounters an obstruction to his or her mobility on the sidewalk, including, without limitation, a short section of the sidewalk that is missing or impassable, may proceed with due care on the immediately adjacent highway to move around such an obstruction. Such a pedestrian:
(a) Must walk or otherwise travel as far to the side of the highway near the sidewalk as possible;
(b) May walk or otherwise travel on the highway in the direction he or she was walking or traveling on the sidewalk, regardless of the direction of traffic;
(c) May walk or otherwise travel in a lane provided for bicycles, electric bicycles or electric scooters if the area between the lane and the sidewalk is impassable; and
(d) Must return to the sidewalk as soon as practicable.
7. A person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
Pedestrian safety is everyone’s responsibility. We hope the above laws help keep everyone safe. Pedestrians can stay safe by following pedestrian laws and doing the following:
- Pay attention. Keep your eyes and ears on the road.
- Walk sober. Alcohol and drugs impair your judgment.
- Proceed with caution. Do not assume a driver sees you.
- Be visible. Bright and reflective clothing can help drivers see you.
- Stay alert. Especially around driveways and parking lots.
- Use sidewalks. If a sidewalk is not available, face traffic. Walk as far away from traffic as possible.
- Obey all signs and signals.
- Cross smart. Look both ways before crossing and cross streets where drivers expect pedestrians.
We understand that even the most cautious pedestrian can be injured in an accident. If a Las Vegas driver injures you, contact an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer. Anthem Injury Lawyers have experienced pedestrian accident lawyers who are ready to help you. With years of experience gaining significant compensation for Las Vegas area citizens injured in pedestrian accidents, we have the capability to help you win your case. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
Experienced Las Vegas Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
We hope you and your loved ones stay safe. If you are a pedestrian and another party injures you, you need legal advice from an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer. The experienced team at Anthem Injury Lawyers can help protect your rights and get you the settlement that you deserve. We do not charge for initial consultations and will travel to you at home or in the hospital if necessary. We handle personal injury cases in Las Vegas and vicinity. Remember: insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind. Get the experts at Anthem Injury Lawyers to fight for you, so you gain maximum compensation for your injuries. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to schedule a free consultation.