Las Vegas is home to bustling streets filled with tourists, locals, and
everything in between. In a city filled with round-the-clock distractions
for both motorists and others on the road, traffic accidents are an everyday
occurrence. According to statistics and safety experts, Las Vegas is also
seeing a rise in accidents involving pedestrians.
Vegas may not be the most dangerous place in the country for pedestrians,
but recent trends have local officials concerned. In fact, a recent article from the
Los Angeles Times
profiled a strange tactic law enforcement use to test whether local drivers
yield to pedestrians as they should. They had someone dressed as a leprechaun
pose as a pedestrian. The many drivers who didn’t stop and give
the right of way were ticketed.
Here are a few stats from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
pedestrian accidents in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas ranked 15
th out of 34 major U.S. cities for pedestrian deaths in 2012. Roughly 2.51
walkers per 100,000 residents were killed.
- So far in 2015, 12 pedestrians have died in Clark County compared to just
5 during the same period last year.
- In 2014, a total of 50 pedestrians were killed throughout the city.
- Most pedestrian accidents take place outside of the strip at major streets
Although negligent drivers are a leading cause of pedestrian accidents,
officials have also noted other trends which may contribute to rising
pedestrian deaths. These include distracted pedestrians who are engrossed
in their cell phones, as well as pedestrians who are under the influence.
In response to the alarming rise in pedestrian deaths, local authorities
and safety advocates have responded by educating the public, visiting
area schools to lecture on crosswalk safety, and handing out day-glow
bracelets. Nevada transportation officials have also allocated an additional
$10 million to its annual budget to protect pedestrians from
At Shook & Stone, we know that Las Vegas roadways can be dangerous
for both pedestrians and motorists, and we make ourselves available to
anyone who has suffered preventable harm. If you have questions about
pedestrian accidents and filing a personal injury claim,
contact our firm for a free case review.