The Las Vegas Valley just had its 94th traffic-related death this year. Last night a driver who was neither impaired nor speeding hit and killed a pedestrian while she was crossing the street. Yesterday’s fatal traffic accident prompted the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police to hold a meeting on what they can do to increase safety awareness and decrease the number of overall traffic-related deaths, but according to police, they’re running out of ideas.
Traffic deaths, particularly those involving pedestrians, are happening at an increasingly high rate in the Las Vegas metro area. Nevada statistically is in the top ten states as far as traffic accidents are concerned. According to the Nevada Department of Transportation, nearly half of all traffic crashes in the state take place in the Las Vegas Metro area.
The DOT also reports that about 17 percent of pedestrian accidents are caused by pedestrians crossing the street improperly, which could include jaywalking or crossing when the vehicles have the right-of-way. Another nine percent of pedestrian accidents are caused by pedestrians “darting” into the roadway. This still only accounts for about 26 percent of all pedestrian accidents.
According to Sergeant Richard Strader, one of the biggest mistakes pedestrians can make is thinking “It won’t happen to me.” Police encourage all pedestrians and drivers to constantly be on guard.
One idea currently on the table to decrease pedestrian traffic accidents is to crack down on jaywalkers by issuing more tickets to discourage this dangerous practice.
Shook & Stone represents pedestrian and traffic accident victims, but we are also passionate about doing our part to prevent them. Our “Street Safe” program is just one example. To learn more about what our firm is doing to keep our community safe, or to contact us for a free case evaluation, call today!