Most people don’t think of walking as dangerous. But unfortunately, thousands of pedestrians are killed and injured every year in traffic accidents. Across the United States, 7,450 pedestrian fatalities occurred in 2017, the last year for which statistics are available, and nearly 129,000 pedestrians visited emergency departments for treatment of injuries.
Even more disturbing, it’s increasingly more dangerous to walk. Between 2007 and 2016, U.S. pedestrian deaths in traffic rose 27 percent—and this was in a period when all other types of traffic crash deaths were declining by 14 percent. Pedestrian deaths are currently at a 33-year high as a proportion of overall traffic deaths, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.
Unfortunately, Nevada tracks these sobering trends. While the number of overall traffic deaths in the state fell, the number of pedestrian deaths rose in 2017, to 99, from 80 in 2016, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation.
Nevada ranks in the Top 10 U.S. states for the number of pedestrian deaths, coming in at number six, with 2.76 deaths per 100,000 persons. Nebraska, by contrast, is the lowest state, with just 0.68 deaths per 100,000.
Reno is a wonderful place to live, but in many ways, the city presents a perfect storm for traffic accidents involving pedestrians. The strip attracts both cars and people in great numbers, where they jostle under bright lights. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than three-quarters of all pedestrian fatalities occur in cities, and three-quarters also occur at night. Almost half—48 percent—involve either a driver or a pedestrian impaired by alcohol, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Eighteen percent of pedestrian accidents occur at intersections.
If you or a loved one is injured while walking, whether on a street, across an intersection, in a parking lot, or while on a sidewalk, a Reno pedestrian accident lawyer like Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC can help.
Pedestrian accidents can cause multiple injuries that make medical bills mount. Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC has won up to $300,000 for a leg injury suffered by a pedestrian. Let us fight for fair and just compensation for the harm done to you.
Reno sees the same kind of pedestrian accidents as other parts of the country. Drivers can ignore pedestrians crossing at a crosswalk or fail to slow down sufficiently for walkers to get completely across the street. Drivers should yield the right of way at marked crosswalks, of course, and also at unmarked crosswalks at intersections, according to Nevada law.
Nevada is not a state where pedestrians always get the right-of-way. People walking (or running or jogging) are expected to yield to a vehicle if they are not in a crosswalk or at an intersection.
It’s also possible for drivers to hit pedestrians as the former are easing into or out of parking areas, such as parking lots and driveways, or driving around parking lots or driveways. Many drivers pay attention more to their parking spaces and getting into them than the presence of pedestrians, and this diverted attention can cause accidents.
These accidents usually occur at slow speeds, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t harmful. Depending on the type of collision, where the vehicle hits the pedestrian, and the vehicle’s size, these accidents can do plenty of harm.
Sidewalks, of course, are designed for pedestrians. In an ideal world, a pedestrian on a sidewalk should never encounter a vehicle there. But at times, careless or inebriated drivers do drive deliberately on a sidewalk to avoid traffic, veer onto a sidewalk for some other reason, or are even struck by another vehicle in a manner than knocks the vehicle onto a sidewalk.
Although rare, these types of accidents can cause severe injuries and even death, because they sometimes occur at high speeds and have maximum impact on pedestrians.
Children frequently play or walk in the streets in residential areas, and are all too apt to be in an accident with a careless driver. Children walking in the area of schools may veer off sidewalks or walk in large groups. Accidents are more likely right after daylight savings time ends because visibility is less.
The huge growth in Nevada’s population has resulted in a massive increase in airport traffic. The attention of both pedestrians and drivers is sometimes on impending departures and arrivals rather than traffic.
Pedestrians hit by a vehicle are at a great disadvantage. Occupants of vehicles are protected by tons of metal. But pedestrians are open to those tons of metal coming at them. Cars can hit walkers at high speeds and throw them from the accident scene.
The result? Injuries ranging from the catastrophic, causing paralysis and loss of bodily function, to minor but painful. Common pedestrian accident injuries include:
If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, you may face large medical bills from doctors’ visits, hospitals, urgent care clinics, and more. If you aren’t able to work for a period of time, or unable to work at your former occupation, you may have financial difficulties. You may also suffer pain and emotional harm.
Nevada law allows injured parties to receive compensation for the harm they suffered if another party was at fault. If a driver’s failure to drive safely and according to the law caused your accident, he or she was negligent in exercising the care Nevada expects of drivers.
If a driver was negligent, you should contact a lawyer to help file a lawsuit against the driver’s insurance company. (All Nevada drivers are required to have insurance.) As a result, you may receive compensation for:
Insurance companies are skilled at settling for the lowest amount possible. They sometimes argue that the injured individual was partly responsible or that the accident occurred differently than it did. They may try to get the injured party to accept an offer quickly, but these initial offers are usually for less than the actual cost of the accident. The bottom line is: insurance companies rarely treat injured individuals fairly. These companies exist to make money, thus their primary objective is to protect themselves and their insured.
As a result, it’s a good idea to contact an experienced lawyer to negotiate with the insurance company. If necessary, we have the resources to investigate the accident and provide evidence of who was at fault.
If you or a loved one is injured in a pedestrian accident in or near Reno, Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC can help you determine your eligibility to file a personal injury lawsuit and seek compensation. We also serve clients in Lake Tahoe, Sparks, and Carson City. We can contact experts and negotiate with insurance companies to see that you receive compensation for the full cost of your injuries. The first consultation is always free; contact us online or by calling (775) 600-6000.
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