August 28, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Las Vegas is not only a vacation destination for millions of people from around the world, but it is also home to over 500,000 people. Therefore, it is not uncommon to see people walking around the city. Unfortunately, the city is also the scene of pedestrian accidents
and was recently listed as the sixth most dangerous American city for people on foot, according to Transportation for America.
Their 2011 report shows that 421 pedestrians were killed in Las Vegas between the years 2000 and 2009. This means that the average annual pedestrian fatality rate per 100,000 people is 2.5. This is significantly higher than the rates for other cities. In January of this year, a driver in Las Vegas lost control of his car and hit two teenagers walking on a sidewalk, according to KTNV. One of the teens died after being taken to the hospital and the other was in critical condition.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that a pedestrian is injured by a car every eight minutes and killed in a car accident every two hours. The numbers are based on 2010 statistics which revealed that 70,000 pedestrians were injured and another 4,290 were killed in a collision with a motor vehicle nationwide.
Because pedestrians have little to no protection when they are hit by a motorist, the CDC and other government agencies are encouraging motorists to increase their awareness of walkers and joggers. When a person is hit by a car while walking, their risk of serious injury or death is significantly higher; the CDC says that pedestrians are more likely to be killed than the occupants of the vehicle.
Sharing the road
There are a number of things that motorists can do to avoid hitting pedestrians and these include:
Look out for pedestrians at all times.
Slow down at night or during weather conditions that affect visibility.
Do not pass a vehicle that has stopped for a pedestrian.
Stop when a pedestrian has entered a crosswalk.
Watch out for any pedestrians before making a turn.
Always keep an eye out for children in neighborhoods and around schools.
Pedestrians can also help protect themselves from injury by obeying the laws and only using designated crossings. Wearing bright colors and making eye contact can also ensure that the driver will see a pedestrian. In addition, people on foot should never assume that a driver will stop.
When someone is hit by a car, that person has the right to ask for financial compensation. This can help cover medical care, lost income and pain and suffering caused by the accident. Because these kinds of cases can be quite complicated, a victim should seek the help of an experienced attorney in their area.