While growing up, we all remember our parents reminding us to look both ways before we cross the street. However, pedestrians forget this reminder while crossing an intersection. As a general rule, it is always prudent to use the crosswalk, and only enter said crosswalk once you have been instructed to do so by the traffic device or licensed authority, while always making sure to “look both ways”.
Pedestrians are common in Las Vegas given the close proximity of casinos and entertainment. Whether individuals are walking down the strip or through their neighborhood, our great weather allows for walking as a means of transportation year-round.
Despite the popularity of walking, cars remain the primary form of transportation in Las Vegas. Due to a large number of both pedestrians and cars, pedestrian-car accidents are a common occurrence. The structure and frame of a car protect the driver and passengers. In contrast, pedestrians have no such protection, and consequently, their body absorbs the full force of an impact with a vehicle. This often results in tragic circumstances for the pedestrian, including death.
Statistically, a pedestrian vs. motor vehicle accident results in death more than 70% of the time. Those who cross prior to the signal or try and play chicken without using the designated crosswalk often do not have a case, unless speeding or failure to drive without lights-on played a role. Many pedestrian cases occur at night when drivers are intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, misjudge speeds, have impaired depth perception or simply cannot see the pedestrian.
The state’s numbers are on the rise , too, from 35 pedestrian fatalities in 2009 to 91 in 2017. In one recent period in Las Vegas, almost 190 pedestrians died and almost 2,000 more suffered contact with vehicles.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a car as a pedestrian, you deserve to have an aggressive advocate fighting to protect your rights. The seasoned Las Vegas pedestrian accident attorneys at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC are ready to help you seek justice.
Pedestrian and vehicle accidents vary greatly. Some accidents occur at very slow speeds, while others occur at surface street speeds, which usually result in more serious injuries.
Common types of pedestrian accidents include:
Regardless of how you’re injured, the consequences are often life-altering. Following a pedestrian accident, you should hold the negligent driver who caused your accident accountable. The experienced personal injury lawyers at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC have helped many clients just like you in previous cases, and our results speak for themselves.
Injuries that stem from a collision with a vehicle are often severe. As a pedestrian, you lack the protection of a vehicle, so your body absorbs the full impact of the accident. Even at slow speeds, you may experience the following injuries:
The more severe your injuries, the longer you will need to recover. Pedestrian accident injuries can cause more than just pain and suffering. They will likely leave you with extremely high medical expenses, but you shouldn’t have to pay these bills. The negligent driver who struck you should bear the responsibility of your medical costs. You played no part in causing the accident and thus should not have to endure the financial burden associated with your injuries.
Injuries that stem from pedestrian accidents are often severe and involve extremely high medical costs. We can help you hold the negligent driver who caused your accident accountable and recover compensation for the following:
Collecting these damages will help you focus on your recovery rather than on the financial burden associated with your accident. Many clients don’t like the thought of filing a lawsuit against another person. In reality, we help you file a claim against the negligent driver’s insurance company.
The negligent driver’s insurance company will likely contact you soon after your accident with a settlement offer. The company knows that you’re likely out of work and have medical bills piling up. Accordingly, it will offer you a low initial settlement that may cover some of your costs in hopes that you’ll accept due to your need for immediate cash.
The problem with these initial settlement offers is that they rarely include compensation for any future medical care. If you accept the initial offer, you may quickly find yourself in financial hardship again due to continuing expenses. Never accept an insurance company’s settlement offer without first consulting an experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer.
When we meet with you, we will review your case, investigate the accident, and speak with witnesses to get a full and complete picture of what caused your accident. While most personal injury claims settle out of court, we will only settle if the insurance company’s offer compensates you fully for your injuries. We are prepared to take your case to trial to ensure justice, and we have significant experience litigating pedestrian accident cases.
We only take cases on a contingency basis, which means it costs you nothing for you to speak with us, and we only get paid if we secure compensation for you. Furthermore, we only accept cases that we believe have a good chance of success.
You have enough on your plate dealing with your recovery. Insurance companies are difficult to deal with, and personal injury claims are complex. You must review evidence, interview eyewitnesses, hire experts, and calculate the amount of your damages, including non-economic damages. By letting the skilled team of Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC deal with the complexities of your personal injury claim, you can focus on your recovery. Our goal in every case is to get our clients back on their feet, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
In choosing a personal injury attorney, experience is crucial, and understanding the intricacies of pedestrian accident law is key. At Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC we work with quality experts to ensure your claim is protected. Contact Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC online or by calling (702) 382-9797 today to see how our experienced and trusted team of personal injury lawyers can help you secure the compensation that you need to get back on your feet.
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