Experienced Las Vegas Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Pedestrian motor vehicle accidents are common, more than 80,000 pedestrians are struck each year. These accidents understandably often result in severe injuries or even fatalities. Pedestrian accidents don’t always involve a vehicle, either.
Each pedestrian accident case is unique. That uniqueness can make these cases complex, which makes it harder to win on your own. If you’re a victim of a pedestrian accident, you need a Las Vegas pedestrian accident lawyer. Our attorneys have extensive experience and resources to handle your case. We’ll manage the insurance companies and the other party’s legal team on your behalf.
Our firm provides free, no-obligation consultations if you’d like to discuss the specifics of your pedestrian accident case. You won’t pay a dime unless we win. Call (702) 766-4336 to get started.
What Should You Do During and After You’ve Been Hit By A Car?
If you’re harmed in a pedestrian accident, you should get help immediately. It’s crucial that you receive medical assistance as soon as possible to treat your injuries.
Once your injuries are taken care of, you should contact the police to make a statement. The report will be critical in the future for your case against the other party involved.
Having additional information regarding the accident will be helpful. This information includes a record of your injuries (immediately following the accident and after), the driver’s information (if applicable), and having the contact information of witnesses (if any) at the scene. If at all possible, take photos of the scene with your phone (or get the photos taken by a witness).
Sometimes, when a driver causes an accident, they will flee the scene. You won’t be able to get their contact information then. Or, if you’re rushed to the hospital, you won’t have time to exchange information with the driver. You also won’t be able to collect witness information or take photos.
However, if you choose Accident Attorneys of Southern Nevada, our team will investigate the accident on your behalf. You can rest in the hospital while we handle the legwork. All this information can greatly assist in moving forward with your case. We will use this information (and more gathered by our established law team) to fight for your rights.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents When Trying to Walk Or Cross The Road
The most common accidents our Las Vegas pedestrian accidents lawyers handle are related to car collisions. In these cases, the driver’s negligence causes the accident to occur. They may be at fault when:
- The driver is driving haphazardly and/or not paying attention to the road, other cars, or pedestrians
- The driver is distracted while texting and driving, using a phone or similar gadget in the car
- The driver is speeding and can’t stop fast enough
- The driver fails to stop at a red light or yield for pedestrians
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Although there are many causes of these accidents, distracted driving is the primary culprit. It’s a growing problem throughout the United States, but specifically in Las Vegas.
The Severity of Injuries and Expenses
Unfortunately, the injuries from these accidents are often severe. The force of hitting the ground or a car can cause serious damage to your spine, back, neck, or head. When walking, you aren’t wearing protective gear to mitigate the damage caused by these accidents. You may get bruised, but it’s more common to receive broken bones or contusions.
Because it’s an overwhelming time, insurance companies or the other party at fault may try to take advantage of you. That’s why it’s best to consult with a Las Vegas pedestrian accident lawyer as soon as you can following your accident.
Sometimes, the severity of the injury isn’t acknowledged by insurance companies. The companies may offer meager compensation, and in some cases, they don’t offer any compensation at all. Rather, they blame you for the accident to avoid covering your costs and expenses (like the cost of medical bills).
The medical expenses for an accident like this can be vast. You’ll need access to funds to pay for the appropriate services to make a full recovery. As a victim, you have the right to seek compensation — not only for the medical costs but also for the wages lost while you recover. Other financial problems may arise during this time too. Our lawyers will aim to get you all the legal compensation you’re entitled to receive.
Our Las Vegas pedestrian accident lawyers are determined to hold distracted drivers responsible for their negligence, especially when it’s led to the injury or death of a pedestrian. We strive to bring you and your family the full compensation you deserve.
Contact Our Firm Today for a Free Consultation
At Accident Attorneys of Southern Nevada, we offer victims of pedestrian accidents no-obligation, free consultations, and the best part is, you pay nothing unless our law firm wins your case. Get in touch with our team at (702) 766-4336 today.
Statistics About Pedestrian Accidents in Las Vegas
Pedestrian accidents are on the rise. Traffic-related accidents kill over 5,000 pedestrians every year. In the last couple of years, accidents have risen by 10 percent.
It gets worse, a pedestrian is killed every 1.6 hours in the United States, and every 7.5 minutes, a pedestrian is injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The leading causes of pedestrian accidents are:
- Tripping on damaged walkways
- Falling (in general)
- Being struck by a car
Nevada ranks 11th among the most dangerous states for walking in the US. An average of 29 percent of traffic accident fatalities in the state are pedestrians, with 91 deaths in 2017. A concerning 78 of those deaths occurred in Clark county—or more than 85 percent.
The Most Common Areas for Las Vegas Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents are a frequent occurrence in Las Vegas. It’s a busy place, with countless vehicles on the road at all hours of the day and night. It’s also one of the more popular tourist destinations in the United States. You only have to take a step in one direction to find crowds of cyclists, motorcyclists, and busy walkways.
With so much activity going on, Las Vegas quickly became a hub for accidents. Despite jaywalking costing upwards of $275 per ticket, accidents are still a significant problem here. In the Las Vegas Valley area alone, a pedestrian is killed in a vehicle-accident every week.
Other areas are more likely to have pedestrian accidents than others. These areas have higher speed limits, more pedestrians walking about, and blind spots for drivers:
- Dean Martin Drive
- Tropicana Avenue
- Fremont Street
- North (and South) Las Vegas Boulevard
- Frank Sinatra Drive
- South Lamb Boulevard
It’s not always speeding vehicles that pedestrians need to be mindful of. In parking lots, trucks and cars may be driving slower, but they may still fail to stop in time—especially in crowded areas. You can still suffer severe injuries from being struck by a slow-moving vehicle.
It’s not uncommon for the opposing party’s insurance agencies or lawyers to argue that the pedestrian was at fault in these types of accidents, perhaps that they tried to outrun traffic or didn’t wait until the crosswalk light was green.
It can be difficult for pedestrians to prove the motor vehicle is at fault. That’s why, if you’re hit by a car, having a law firm can be crucial to win your case.
Avoiding Accidents in Las Vegas
Since there is always an event happening in Las Vegas, it’s important to take special care when walking around. When crossing the street, you can’t always trust that a driver will yield to a yellow light or not run a red light. Avoiding collisions needs to be the top priority for both drivers and pedestrians.
However, other factors can also influence these accidents. If the road, sidewalk, or parking lot is obstructed or damaged, it could also play a factor. Always be aware of your surroundings, whether you’re in an area with traffic or not.
Contact Our Las Vegas Pedestrian Accident Injury Lawyers Today
Our law firm will help identify the cause of your accident and help you to receive the compensation you deserve.
If you’ve lost a family member because of a pedestrian accident, you can hire an attorney to file a wrongful death suit on their behalf. Filing this suit can help you receive compensation to cover expenses associated with the loss of the family member, such as funeral costs and grief counseling.
A pedestrian accident can turn your life upside down. In the event that your injuries are severe, life-threatening, or life-altering, you may never be the same. You might not be able to work but still need to pay for the sudden medical bills and expenses for your injuries. Dealing with all of this alone may be overwhelming.
We will work with you, review your case, and determine whether negligence was involved in your accident. If it was, our dedicated law firm will focus on winning the compensation you deserve, compensation that’ll help recover lost wages, cover medical care, and more.
At Accident Attorneys of Southern Nevada, we offer victims of pedestrian accidents no-obligation, free consultations, and the best part is. you pay nothing unless our law firm wins your case. Get in touch with our team at (702) 766-4336 today.