Las Vegas Pedestrian Deaths Have Risen to Near-Record Levels
Clark County pedestrian deaths have risen to record levels so far in 2012 with 23 people having been killed so far this year. Only 10 pedestrians were killed in accidents in Clark County in 2011. Clark County car accident fatalities have also risen, having grown to 95 by early July, compared to 59 at the same time in 2011. Local and state agencies have offered many significant cautions to prevent Southern Nevada traffic accidents:
- Always wear a seat belt when driving and require all other occupants of the vehicle to wear one as well
- Never drive impaired on any substance. If you have had too much to drink or are even woozy from cough medicine do not get behind the wheel, call a taxi, a friend or take public transportation.
- Drivers are cautioned to watch for pedestrians and not crowd them as they cross the street.
- For pedestrians crossing the street, always cross at designated crosswalks. Do not jaywalk.
- When crossing the street, pedestrians should make eye contact with approaching drivers
If you or a family member have been injured in a Las Vegas automobile accident, contact Benson and Bingham for a free legal consultation today. Our Las Vegas personal injury attorneys have significant experience recovering money for lost work, hospital bills and pain and suffering.
To further combat the rise in Las Vegas area pedestrian accidents, the city of Las Vegas has begun a $4.5 million project to build a pedestrian bridge from the parking garage at Las Vegas City Hall to The Smith Center parking lot across the street. The bridge will improve pedestrian access and walkability to the downtown Las Vegas area. The 8-month project is being built with money from a grant from the Federal Highway Administration, air quality and congestion mitigation funds from the federal government and from general budget from the city of Las Vegas.