December 04, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- The Las Vegas metro area has a reputation for being a very dangerous place for pedestrians. Visitors to the city are told to be very careful when crossing streets, because when an accident happens, it often has very serious consequences.
The city has experienced a number of fatalities in pedestrian accidents
recently, and has led to some concern about the safety of those individuals crossing busy roadways. In areas popular with tourists, the city has taken many steps to protect pedestrians. The Strip is lined with pedestrian bridges that allow individuals to cross over busy roadways without having to encounter traffic. However, once you get outside the main center of the city, there are less of these safety measures in place.
Residents near some of the most dangerous crossings are wondering if officials are doing enough to prevent these accidents from happening. Many have issued requests to the Nevada Department of Transportation to have traffic lights or crosswalks installed at intersections, but it can be a very lengthy process to have these items approved. The agency reviews each application that it receives, but costs will often dictate what happens with a particular intersection.
Pedestrians can take some steps toward improving their safety. They should always try to cross in marked crosswalks, as that is where motorists will expect to see them. If no crosswalks are present, try to find an intersection that has some type of traffic controls in operation. Additionally, if they will be walking at night, they should be sure to wear bright or reflective clothing. Pedestrians should also try to make eye contact with vehicles at these intersections, so that drivers know when someone is about to enter into the roadway.
Police will be increasing their presence in areas where pedestrian accidents frequently occur. Motorists can expect to be ticketed if they fail to yield. If you or a loved one has been injured in one of these accidents, speak to an experienced personal injury attorney about your claims.
An attorney can help you obtain the information that you will need to be successful on your claim for compensation from the responsible parties. This will include contacting any witnesses, gathering the police reports and also visiting the scene of the accident. It will also be necessary to learn the extent of your injuries, so that you know what your medical care will cost. This includes any long-term care or rehabilitation that you may need, as these crashes often cause very significant injuries.
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