Many Las Vegas residents, as well as out-of-state guests here for business and pleasure, find walking easier than driving to get to many destinations. Unfortunately, walking can be dangerous in the Las Vegas area because of heavy traffic, tourist drivers who are unfamiliar with the area, and motorists who are trying to beat the lights and cut corners. Pedestrian accidents are very common here, and victims frequently suffer catastrophic injuries or death.
If you or a family member was injured in a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent driver, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Our skilled and dedicated lawyers are committed to aggressively fighting so that you receive all the compensation you deserve for your losses. Call our Henderson office today to schedule a free consultation and learn why we are the right attorneys for you.
Leading Causes of Pedestrian Injury Accidents in Henderson and the Las Vegas Valley
While a pedestrian accident can occur anywhere, they frequently happen at intersections, crosswalks, parking lots, and bus stops. Even walking on a sidewalk can be hazardous if a drunk or distracted driver loses control of his vehicle and jumps the curb.
Motorists have a duty to follow Nevada traffic laws and to yield the right of way to pedestrians. Unfortunately, when this duty is breached, people walking down the street can be seriously injured or killed. Common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
Backing UpMany tragic accidents happen when a driver is backing out of a driveway or parking spot and does not see a pedestrian behind his vehicle. The incident can be even more devastating if the victim is a child who was hit by a family member or friend.
Distracted DrivingWhen a driver is engaged in distracted driving, he can easily fail to see a pedestrian in time to avoid hitting him. Eating and drinking, talking on a cellphone, texting, and following a GPS are a few of the common forms of driver distraction in Henderson and throughout the Las Vegas metropolitan area.
SpeedingIf a motorist is speeding, he will not be able to slow down or stop suddenly to avoid hitting a pedestrian. Unfortunately, the pedestrian’s injuries are more likely to be catastrophic or fatal because of the force of the speeding vehicle.
IntoxicationKey driving skills, such as reaction time, judgment, and vision, are impaired if an individual gets behind the wheel when he is drunk or high on drugs. These motorists cause many fatal crashes when they speed, drive the wrong way on a highway or an exit or entrance ramp, or drive recklessly.
Not YieldingPedestrians are extremely vulnerable at crosswalks and intersections in Henderson and Las Vegas when drivers violate Nevada traffic laws and fail to yield the right of way.
Left TurnsDrivers making left turns frequently cause pedestrian accidents when they fail to yield the right of way, misjudge the time they have to safely turn, or fail to see a pedestrian in their haste to beat the light.
Weather ConditionsDrivers who do not slow down for rain, fog, ice, or other dangerous weather conditions can lose control of their vehicles and collide with an innocent pedestrian.
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries in the Henderson and Las Vegas Area
Because pedestrians have no protection from the car or truck that strikes them, they are much more likely than auto accident victims to suffer long-term injuries or be killed. Common injuries sustained in pedestrian crashes include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Brain injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI), concussions, and skull fractures
- Spinal cord injuries and partial or complete paralysis
- Back, neck, and shoulder injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Internal organ damage
A pedestrian can also be killed in a run-in with a car.
Compensation Awarded in Pedestrian Accident Cases
Under Nevada law, negligent drivers are responsible for compensating the victims of a pedestrian accident. Compensation that pedestrians are entitled to when filing a claim include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity
- Pain, suffering, and emotional distress
- Property damage
- Wrongful death damages if a family member was killed
5 Important Steps to Take to Protect Your Legal Rights After a Pedestrian Accident
If you were hurt in a pedestrian accident, you should take the following important steps to protect your health and your right to compensation for your injuries:
Medical care. Get immediate medical care if you know you were hurt in the accident. Being examined by a doctor soon after your accident, even if you do not think you were injured, is important to protect your health and avoid disputes with the insurance company if you later discover you suffered injuries.
Call The Police
Call the police at the accident scene and obtain the police report. It will contain crucial information, such as the driver’s contact information, a narrative of how the accident occurred, and whether the motorist was issued a traffic citation.
Use your cellphone to take pictures of the damage to the vehicle that hit you, your injuries, and the accident scene. If you are unable to do this due to your injuries, ask a bystander to take the photos for you.
Obtain Contact Information
Get the contact information for the negligent driver and his insurance company. You also want to obtain this information for any eyewitnesses. They can provide persuasive corroborating evidence that the driver—and not you—caused your pedestrian accident.
Retain a pedestrian accident lawyer. Hire an attorney as soon as possible after your pedestrian accident. He can help you avoid mistakes that could weaken your case, collect the evidence you need, negotiate your settlement so that you receive all you deserve, and file a lawsuit before the time limit to do so expires.
Our Henderson Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Can Help You Hold the Negligent Driver Accountable
Even if the negligent driver’s fault in causing your pedestrian accident is clear-cut, it may not be easy to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. You need an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer on your side if you want to win your case.
At Jones Wilson Injury Lawyers, our legal team has extensive experience fighting for the rights of injured pedestrians. We have helped many residents of Henderson and Las Vegas, as well as out-of-town guests, file their claims and negotiate their settlements so that the insurance company paid them all that they were entitled to. Take advantage of our free consultation to learn more about your legal options and how we can assist you. Call our Henderson office directly at 702.405.6000 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your appointment today.