From 2000 to 2009, Las Vegas, Nevada ranked sixth in the most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians, registering 421 pedestrian deaths during that time according to a 2011 report from the Transportation for America.
Since the report was published in 2011, the number of pedestrian fatalities rose from 59 to 95 the following year, an increase of 61 percent. It is no secret that Las Vegas provides an exceptional outdoor experience, with beautiful weather all year around and the endless amenities that are offered on the strip. Whether pedestrians are resort hopping, visiting differing casinos, clubs, restaurants or shopping outlets, taking Vegas by foot is a grand experience.
The problem is, there are vehicles, cabs, limos and charter agencies that are operating in a high capacity in the city also, ushering individuals and groups around the city to enjoy all of its entertainment just as the pedestrians are enjoying on foot.
When these two groups find themselves sharing the roads, confusion arises regarding who has the right of way, and when it is okay to step into the street to get to your next destination. With thousands of people trying to accomplish the same goal of crossing the street, vehicle drivers must remain aware of their surroundings at all times. As the statistics prove, this is not always the case.
There are innumerable causes for pedestrian fatalities, and in the Las Vegas area they include:
- Alcohol & Drug Impairment
- Distracted Driving
- Drivers Running Red Lights
- Interacting with Vehicle Occupants
- Loud Music
- Pedestrians Failing to Yield to Traffic at Intersections
- Reckless Behavior
- Traveling the Wrong Way
- Unaware of Surroundings
Were You Hit by a Car While Crossing the Strip in Las Vegas?
Although fatalities are increasing in pedestrian/vehicle accidents, it is possible to be struck by a car in Las Vegas, and sustain non-fatal injuries. When that is the case, you will still require medical care, based solely on the impact of the collision.
Costs incurred during such an accident can include, but are not limited to:
- Compromised Future Earnings
- Emotional & Psychological Damages
- Lost Wages
- Medical Care & Rehabilitation Costs
- Permanent Disability or Medical Requirements
- Trouble/Expense of Obtaining Insurance Going Forward
Everyone’s experience differs when they are hit by a vehicle. Injuries can range from scrapes and cuts to severe head, neck and spine injuries that require long term healthcare and rehabilitation. No matter how small your injuries may appear initially, it is important that you seek medical care to ensure that you are diagnosed for all injuries — external and internal — so you are covered fully going forward. Our accomplished attorneys will help guide you through the process of pursuing damages for your injuries without missing a single detail, so you receive the actual compensation you deserve.
What Should You Do If You Are Hit by a Car or Taxi?
If you are hit by a vehicle of any kind , seek medical attention immediately — even if you feel okay. It is important to obtain a full physical evaluation from a medical professional to ensure you are not suffering from internal damage that can cause severe medical problems in the future.
Contact the police department to create a legal record of the accident, and file a formal report. Once you have been evaluated and a police report is on file, contact one of our accomplished pedestrian accident attorneys at Benson, Bertoldo, Baker & Carter at 702-228-2600 to discuss your case in full, so we can begin going to work on your behalf, pursuing the negligent party that caused your injuries. We partner with our clients fully to understand their accident in full, while we handle the legal details of recovering a financial settlement on your behalf.