A 52-year-old woman was injured in a Las Vegas car accident when a car struck her as she was using a crosswalk. According to a Fox 5 news report, the pedestrian accident occurred at Cimarron Road and Flamingo Road in the west end of the valley.
The victim was crossing the road when a BMW turned left and struck her. She sustained critical injuries in the collision. An investigation is underway to determine if the 22-year-old female driver will be cited for the crash leading to critical condition of the victim.
Understanding Nevada’s Laws
Determining who has the right of way at an intersection or crosswalk is not always easy.
Nevada Chapter 484B.283 states that drivers at a crosswalk where there are no traffic control devices “shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be so to yield, to a pedestrian crossing the highway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the highway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the highway as to be in danger.”
Injuries and Compensation
Pedestrians often suffer critical injuries in Las Vegas car accidents. Some of the commonly suffered injuries in pedestrian accidents include traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, and broken bones.
If the pedestrian accident is caused by driver negligence, the injured victim can file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses, loss of wages, and pain and suffering.
If the accident occurred as the result of a dangerous roadway or intersection, the city or governmental entity responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable.
How to Prevent and Stay Safe from Las Vegas Car Accidents?
It is important to always obey traffic laws and adhere to all driving regulations. Pedestrians should always use the crosswalks when crossing roads, and make sure that they are visible to oncoming drivers. Drivers should watch out for pedestrians at intersections and near crosswalks, and slow down or stop if needed.
Pedestrians should be aware of their surroundings at all times and take extra precautions when crossing the street. It is important to make eye contact with oncoming drivers before attempting to cross the road, or use a brightly colored piece of clothing or a light for increased visibility.
It is also important for both pedestrians and drivers to be aware of potential hazards in order to prevent collisions, such as ice , poor road conditions, or bad weather.
How Shook & Stone Can Help?
An experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer at Shook & Stone can help injured victims of pedestrian accidents determine if they have a claim. We will examine all aspects of the incident, stay on top of the official investigation, and ensure that your legal rights are protected.
Call our offices today at 702-570-0000 for a free, comprehensive, and confidential consultation.