Do You Know Nevada Pedestrian Laws for Drivers?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that pedestrian deaths in motor-vehicle-related crashes have increased over the past 10 years. Even more troubling for Nevada residents, Nevada ranks among the worst states for pedestrian deaths. A majority of these deaths are local residents, not visitors.
Pedestrian safety is the responsibility of both drivers and walkers. Driving laws are in place to help keep everyone safe. Do you know Nevada pedestrian laws for drivers? If you are a Nevada driver, these laws could potentially save a life. Below we will discuss Nevada pedestrian law for drivers and safety tips.
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What Are Nevada Pedestrian Laws for Drivers?
If you are a Nevada driver, you may be wondering how you can be pedestrian smart. The best way to be pedestrian smart is to follow Nevada pedestrian laws for drivers. These laws are designed to keep everyone safe. Drivers who violate these laws may be subject to criminal penalties. Pedestrians injured by drivers who fail to follow these laws may be able to sue drivers for their injuries. Below we provide portions of Nevada pedestrian laws for drivers. Follow these laws to help keep everyone safe.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.280
NRS 484B.280 provides the duties of a driver to a pedestrian. It requires drivers to exercise care to avoid pedestrian accidents. The statute is partially included below:
1. A driver of a motor vehicle shall:
(a) Exercise due care to avoid a collision with a pedestrian;
(b) Give an audible warning with the horn of the vehicle if appropriate and when necessary to avoid such a collision; and
(c) Exercise proper caution upon observing a pedestrian:
(1) On or near a highway, street or road;
(2) At or near a bus stop or bench, shelter or transit stop for passengers of public mass transportation or in the act of boarding a bus or other public transportation vehicle; or
(3) In or near a school zone or a school crossing zone marked in accordance with NRS 484B.363 or a marked or unmarked crosswalk.
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Nevada Revised Statute 484B.283
NRS 484B.283(1)(a) requires that drivers yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. It provides in part:
(a) When official traffic-control devices are not in place or not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be so to yield, to a pedestrian crossing the highway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the highway upon which the vehicle is traveling or onto which the vehicle is turning, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the highway as to be in danger.
NRS 484B.283(1)(c) requires a driver to stop or slow down before passing a vehicle that is stopped in the travel lane. This allows the driver to determine if a pedestrian is crossing. It states the following:
(c) Whenever a vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle until the driver has determined that the vehicle being overtaken was not stopped for the purpose of permitting a pedestrian to cross the highway.
A person violating the above statutes can be subject to penalties. They also risk a potential lawsuit. If you are injured as a pedestrian, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. The 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 in Las Vegas and vicinity. You don’t have to worry about affordability: we work on a contingency basis. You don’t pay our personal injury lawyers unless you win. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.290
NRS 484B.290(1) requires drivers to give the right-of-way to a person who is blind. It provides as follows:
1. 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.
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Nevada Revised Statute 484B.350
NRS 484B.350(1) requires drivers to stop in obedience to the direction or traffic-control signal of a school crossing guard. It states the following:
1. The driver of a vehicle:
(a) Shall stop in obedience to the direction or traffic-control signal of a school crossing guard; and
(b) Shall not proceed until the highway is clear of all persons, including, without limitation, the school crossing guard.
For additional tips on driving near schools, see our article Back to School Safety Tips for Drivers.
Pedestrian Safety Tips for Drivers
Pedestrian safety is everyone’s responsibility. Drivers can help avoid pedestrian accidents by following driving laws and doing the following:
- Pay attention. Avoid distracted driving.
- Proceed with caution. Don’t speed.
- Drive alert. Avoid drowsy driving.
- Obey all signs and signals. Never run red lights.
- Drive sober. Never drive under the influence.
- Never pass a stopped car.
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