Many Henderson residents walk for exercise and to get around town. In addition, since Henderson is a popular tourist destination, out-of-town vacationers and business travelers often choose to walk to their destination. Unfortunately, the chances that a pedestrian will be injured or killed by a car has been steadily increasing. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,987 pedestrians were killed in pedestrian accidents across the country in 2016—up from 5,419 in 2015.
Major Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Drivers must use reasonable care and obey traffic laws, including ones requiring them to yield the right of way to pedestrians. Unfortunately, they are often doing the opposite when they hit someone who is walking. Common ways drivers are negligent in pedestrian accidents include:
Distracted driving is unsafe at any time, but it is even more dangerous around pedestrians who are already at a disadvantage because they are less visible and have no protection from a much larger vehicle. Talking on a cellphone, texting, eating and drinking, and looking at a GPS are a few of the distractions that take a driver's attention from the road.
When a person is speeding, it will take him longer to slow down and stop for a pedestrian that he suddenly notices. Due to the greater force of impact, the likelihood that the pedestrian will suffer catastrophic injuries or death increases dramatically at higher speeds.
Failure To Yield.
Pedestrians at intersections and crosswalks can be hit when they are legally crossing the road and a driver fails to yield the right of way to them.
A common cause of these accidents is when a driver makes a left turn at an intersection and fails to see a person in the crosswalk.
When drivers fail to slow down for weather conditions, such as heavy rain and ice, they can lose control of their vehicle and slide right into a pedestrian crossing the road.
If a driver is intoxicated by alcohol or drugs, his reaction time, vision, and judgment are impaired. Unfortunately, accidents due to intoxication are common in Henderson due to the popularity of local casinos, bars, and restaurants.
Were you injured in a pedestrian accident in Henderson? You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering from the negligent driver. We represent injured victims who are residents of Henderson as well as out-of-state visitors. To learn about your right to compensation for your injuries and how we can help you, contact us online or call our office directly at 702.405.6000 to schedule a free consultation.