The Importance of Pedestrian Safety

Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Jan 29, 2015 in Car Accident News

Traffic accidents involving pedestrians in Nevada often lead to death or serious injury. During an outing, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed than are the occupants of a motor vehicle. In the United States, during the 2012 calendar year more than 76,000 pedestrians were injured in accidents involving automobiles.

These statistics show the importance of maintaining awareness of surroundings while navigating streets and highways. These types of pedestrian accidents are not limited to a certain demographic or age group. In 2012, adults over the age of 65 accounted for nearly 20 percent of all pedestrian fatalities.

During that same year, one in five children who died in an accident involving a motor vehicle were pedestrians walking on a road, highway or using a designated crosswalk. The vast majority of these deaths occurred in urban locations and at night.

There are several measures pedestrians can take to increase their safety while walking along a busy street. Since the hours between dusk and dawn are the most dangerous times for pedestrians, making oneself more visible to traffic by carrying a flashlight or wearing a reflective vest is an excellent step towards preventing devastating injuries. Walking on a sidewalk is the preferred route for all pedestrians.

However, if a sidewalk is not available, then one should stay on the shoulder of the road facing oncoming traffic. Pedestrians should also only attempt to cross roads at properly designated and marked intersections. Pedestrians who are injured in accidents in Las Vegas involving a motor vehicle may wish to speak with a personal injury attorney in Las Vegas. Drivers in Nevada have a legal obligation to watch for and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. In cases where this obligation has not been met, the driver can often be held responsible for any damages associated with the accident.