Boulder Highway is a vital part of Las Vegas that attracts many tourists and locals, yet the area also experiences a large number of pedestrian deaths each year.
Since 2006, there have been 486 pedestrians killed in auto accidents throughout Nevada. Of those fatalities, 44, or nine percent, happened along Boulder Highway, according to the Department of Public Safety (DPS).
In 2016, the state of Nevada declared an epidemic of pedestrian deaths after 92 pedestrians had been killed by vehicles from Jan. 1, 2015 to Feb. 26, 2016.
Who Is At-Fault for Pedestrian Deaths on Boulder Highway?
Most of the reported deaths on Boulder Highway occurred between the hours of 6 p.m. and 4 a.m. and were often the fault of the pedestrian:
- Pedestrian error: 23
- Driver error: four
- Pedestrian/driver error: one
- Unknown: 15
The deaths in which the at-fault party is unknown is either because the incident was too old (2006 to 2010), too recent (2016-2017) or did not have enough information availble to establish fault.
In incidences in which the pedestrian was at fault, jay-walking was the most cited reason for the accident’s cause, with 18 incidences of pedestrians not using crosswalks, three relating to pedestrians who disobeyed traffic signals, and one involving a pedestrian who stood in the middle of the road.
Impairment was also a frequent factor in most pedestrian deaths along Boulder Highway.
Nearly half of the pedestrians who were killed in auto accidents along the road were intoxicated by alcohol and/or drugs, whereas 20 percent of drivers were reported to have been impaired.
Addressing the Dangers
To counteract the dangers posed to pedestrians along Boulder Highway, the DPS Office of Traffic Safety formed the Boulder Highway Coalition to develop proposals for pedestrian safety.
The Coalition has proposed additional safety measures be added along Boulder Highway. They also note that lightin