The recent increase in the number of fatal pedestrian accidents has put the spotlight on Clark County. Officials held a town hall meeting to address the issue of how to reduce the high number of pedestrian accident fatalities in the county. According to an 8 News Now news report, there have been 27 pedestrian fatalities so far this year in Clark County. The most recent fatalities include a girl who was struck in North Las Vegas, a trick-or-treater killed on the night of Halloween, and a retired teacher who was struck and killed as she went out to get her mail.
Reacting to these recent deaths, The Nevada Department of Public Safety has launched a number of public service announcements regarding pedestrian safety and officials are warning pedestrians that they should not have the illusion of safety just because they are in a crosswalk. The Metro Police Department is attempting to do its part to reduce unsafe driving with strict enforcement. The agency has reportedly issued more than 25,000 tickets for failing to yield and other violations just between August and October this year.
According to a statistical report by The Nevada Department of Transportation, there were 2,668 accidents involving pedestrians in Nevada between the year 2007 and 2009, which resulted in 3,353 injuries and 143 fatalities. Approximately 17.7 percent of those accidents involved a pedestrian crossing improperly and another 9.8 percent resulted from a pedestrian darting into traffic.
In cases involving driver negligence, the at-fault motorist can be held liable for medical bills, rehabilitation services, hospitalization, lost wages, and other related damages. Anyone who has suffered a loss in a Las Vegas pedestrian accident would be well advised to discuss his or her legal rights and options with an experienced attorney.
The skilled pedestrian accident attorneys at Shook & Stone have a long history of successfully handling pedestrian accidents in Nevada. If a negligent driver has injured you or a loved one, please call our offices at 702-570-0000 for a free and comprehensive consultation.