Determining the cause of your accident sometimes enables a Las Vegas pedestrian accident attorney to identify the liable parties. From there, the lawyer can build a case and recover significant compensation to help you deal with your injuries.
According to the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing (POP), every 113 minutes a pedestrian dies in a U.S. traffic accident. A pedestrian suffers a traffic accident injury every eight minutes. This happens despite the fact that only 8.6 percent of all trips involve walking. More pedestrians die than bicyclists (two percent). Pedestrians are an estimated 11.4 percent of all U.S. traffic deaths. Most people probably believe that intersections are the most common places for pedestrian accidents, but they are not. In fact, an estimated 67 percent of urban accidents and 67 percent of rural accidents occur in locations that are not intersections. However, approximately 74 percent of pedestrian–vehicle crashes happen where there is no traffic control. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 90 percent of pedestrian deaths occur in single vehicle crashes. NHTSA also reported that twice between the period of 1993 to 2004, Nevada had the worst pedestrian traffic deaths statistics in the nation. Factors that go into causing an accident often involve the following:
- Motorist’s driving behavior (speeding, alcohol consumption or distraction)
- Physical environment factors (lack of sidewalks and poorly-timed traffic signals)
- Pedestrian behavior (jaywalking, ignoring traffic lights or alcohol consumption)
- Other special conditions (poor weather, road construction and major highways)
If you believe someone else is responsible for your accident, consult a Las Vegas pedestrian accident lawyer and find out about your legal recourse options.
Huggins & Maxwell has handled numerous pedestrian accidents for our clients and works diligently to maximize recoveries.