Las Vegas police are trying to step up crosswalk enforcement in order to try and bring down the number of pedestrian accidents in the city that have shot up over the last few months. There are also several steps pedestrians can take in order to avoid tragic Las Vegas pedestrian crashes.
- Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk and you have to walk in the road, walk on the left facing traffic.
- Cross at crosswalks and intersections. A number of pedestrians are struck when they try to cross the street at locations other than intersections. Walking that extra distance to a crosswalk or intersection is well worth it. Use marked crosswalks and obey the signals.
- See and be seen. Pedestrians may do so by wearing bright clothing during the day and reflective clothing at night. Carry a flashlight while walking in the dark. Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them, and stay out of their blind spots.
- Look to the left, right, and then left again before you cross a roadway.
- Never run or dart into a roadway. Pedestrians may also be cited for failing to yield the right-of-way to an oncoming vehicle.
Often, pedestrian accidents in Las Vegas occur because of negligent drivers. Examples of driver’s negligence include drunk driving, distracted driving, speeding, and failure to yield the right-of-way. Victims who have been injured in a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent driver can seek compensation for their losses.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Las Vegas pedestrian accident, the experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyers at Shook & Stone can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Please contact us at (888) 662-2013 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.