A 55-year-old man was fatally injured in an intersection accident after a vehicle hit him while he was walking in a marked crosswalk. According to a Fox Reno news report, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Kietzke Lane and Gentry Way. Police say the pedestrian was walking in a marked crosswalk, but are still looking into who had the right-of-way. The driver apparently told officials that he had a green light at the time. Police are still investigating that claim.
Under Nevada law, motorists are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians walking in crosswalks. NRS 484.325 states: “When official traffic-control devices are not in place or not in operation the driver of a vehicle 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.”
In cases where a pedestrian in a crosswalk is hit, there are a number of questions that must be asked. Was the driver at fault? Was the driver under the influence, distracted, speeding, inattentive, or otherwise negligent? Was the intersection a dangerous one? Did the governmental agency in charge of maintaining that intersection fail to make it safe for pedestrians? Was the accident a direct result of a dangerous condition on the roadway? If a negligent driver was involved, the at-fault motorist can be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death. However, if a dangerous roadway condition caused the accident, the public agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable.
The experienced Las Vegas injury attorneys at Shook & Stone have had a long and successful track record representing the rights of injured victims and their families. If you have lost a loved one in an auto accident, please contact us at 702-570-0000 for a no-cost consultation.