A national study recently reconfirmed that Las Vegas is one of the most dangerous cities for pedestrians. The study was issued by the National Complete Streets Coalition and Smart Growth America. While not the most dangerous city for pedestrians in the nation, Las Vegas did come in at the top of the list. The study ranked Las Vegas 13th in most dangerous cities for pedestrians.
Safety officials have long been aware of the danger to pedestrians in Las Vegas, but this recent study reconfirmed a problem that needs to be corrected. According to the study,
- There are 1.85 pedestrian deaths per 100k people in the Vegas-Paradise area
- Las Vegas has a pedestrian danger index of 102.67
- When it comes to pedestrian fatalities, Las Vegas-Paradise ranked 9th worst in the nation
Pedestrian Danger Index
The pedestrian danger index is a way to gauge the likelihood of a fatal pedestrian accident. This system compares the percentage of people in the city who walk regularly with the total number of pedestrian fatalities in that area. The safest area in the nation for pedestrians is Boston-Cambridge, with a pedestrian danger index of 18.65. The most dangerous area is Orlando, Florida which has a 244.28 score on the index.
Dangerous By Design
Safety experts believe that a large factor that makes Las Vegas such a dangerous city for pedestrians is the street, crosswalk, and sidewalk design. In Vegas, over 20 percent of fatal traffic crash victims are pedestrians – one of the highest percentages in the nation.
Many cities have begun to implement safer pedestrian paths, such as the “Danish offset” which is a median area within a crosswalk in the shape of an “S.” Safety experts found that this slows pedestrians down and makes them look both ways before crossing.
What You Can Do
If you or someone you love was involved in a pedestrian accident, contact Shook & Stone. Our firm has helped many pedestrians and their loved ones recover the compensation they deserve for things like medical expenses, pain & suffering, lost wages, and more. Call today for a free evaluation of your case.