Pedestrian accidents a national problem

Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Nov 05, 2014 in Car Accident News

Pedestrian accidents continue to be a problem in both Nevada as well as across the nation. In 2012, pedestrian fatalities represented 14 percent of all motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. In Las Vegas, of the 59 traffic fatalities that occurred in 2012, 15 of those were pedestrians or 25 percent of the total number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,734 pedestrians lost their lives while another 76,000 were injured in accidents. The number of fatalities represented a 6 percent increase over 2011 and was the highest number of fatalities in five years. A majority of pedestrian accidents occur between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. during the nighttime hours. Nearly three-quarters of accidents that resulted in fatalities occurred in urban areas, and 70 percent happened at locations that were not intersections. In 48 percent of all accidents, alcohol use either by the driver or the pedestrian was involved. The NHTSA urges drivers to watch out for pedestrians and pedestrians to try to stay on sidewalks and only cross at intersections. When a pedestrian suffers serious personal injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent driver, the driver may be held civilly liable for the losses incurred as a result of the accident. Pedestrian accidents are often caused by distracted driving in addition to drunk driving. Injured pedestrians may benefit by consulting with a personal injury attorney who may be able to review the relevant facts, draft a civil complaint, negotiate with attorneys and insurance companies and help secure damages for the client's losses. Victims may be able to recover both economic and noneconomic damages through such an action. Source: NHTSA's National Center for Statistics and Analysis, "Traffic Safety Facts Pedestrian", November 01, 2014