If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you need an accident attorney by your side. Car accidents involving pedestrians are prevalent and can strike at any time. Crosswalk accident cases can result in broken bones, brain injury, tissue damage, or death. In the Las Vegas area alone, an accident like this may occur in many different places.
The Nevada Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration has reported that the most common causes of pedestrian accidents are:
- 24% Trip on cracked on uneven walkways
- 17% Trip or slip and fall
- 12% Hit by a car
- 6% Wildlife or pets involved
- 5% Tripped on rock or stone
- 5% Stepped in holes, pits, or dips
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2016 there were 5,987 pedestrian wrongful deaths in traffic crashes in the United States, up from 5,495 the previous year. A pedestrian is killed approximately every 1.5 hours. Pedestrian deaths accounted for 16% of all traffic fatalities.
Auto accidents in the Las Vegas Valley are often caused by:
- Distracted driving – The driver is distracted, sometimes on the cell phone, and is not paying attention to the road.
- Drunk driving – The driver is under the influence of alcohol.
- Reckless driving – The driver is reckless, driving at high speed, perhaps failing to stop for red lights, or unable to brake on time.
- Failure to yield to pedestrians – The inability to yield can cause a fatal accident.
- Motorcycle Accidents – The motorist may have been speeding or gone off the road
- Truck Accidents – a mistaken right of way or not seeing a person below the truck’s field of vision are common ways truckers get into accidents with pedestrians.
A collision of this type can be tragic. Accidents often lead to catastrophic injuries to the head, neck, or spine. The force with which one falls on the road can cause severe physical damage to the victim. Accidents of this type aren’t exclusive to victims who have been jaywalking. Pedestrian hit and runs occur even on marked crosswalks.
This can be a terrible situation for the accident victim and their family members.
Many insurance companies fail to see the severity of such pedestrian accidents and try and settle by offering a small amount of compensation, which fails to cover the cost of a medical center’s care and other expenses that the victim will have. You must contact a personal injury attorney so they can go after the responsible parties to get you the financial compensation you deserve.
Those with an injury claim often are left with substantial medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. However, an experienced personal injury lawyer can fight to get them the compensation to cover medical bills and other losses.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a motor vehicle as a pedestrian in the state of Nevada, call us for a free consultation. Our experienced attorneys will give you legal advice about the best course of action in your case at your free initial consultation. Our Las Vegas pedestrian accident lawyers will take care of you and make sure you get maximum compensation for your injuries, lost time at work, mental trauma, and financial stress. Our law firm believes in the victims’ rights to maximum compensation- so much so that we won’t get paid until you do.
For a free legal consultation with a pedestrian accidents lawyer serving Las Vegas, call (702) 857-6000
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