Pedestrians are playing for higher stakes than ever in the crosswalks of Las Vegas, and the number is only trending upward. Just like any game of chance, however, there are ways to mitigate your risk and avoid potential injury or death.
While Las Vegas isn’t the most dangerous city in America to navigate a crosswalk, it’s approaching the top of the list. In 2012, Las Vegas ranked 15th out of 34 major U.S. cities with 2.51 walkers killed per 100,000 residents. Surprisingly, most of the accidents between pedestrians and cars don’t involve out-of-town tourists on the Strip, but instead occur between locals on the major streets away from all the neon and glitz. Since 2015, 37 percent of the deaths in Clark County have been pedestrian fatalities in Las Vegas.
It would seem that the nature of the city’s most dangerous intersections is largely to blame. Most of the streets where pedestrian-vehicle accidents are happening lead not only in that type of accident, but also collisions involving two or more vehicles. Law enforcement blames the wide-open nature of said intersections, which typically are four-lane streets that run straight with few stoplights along their route.
For years, we have been implored not to drink and drive and now it is also becoming dangerous to drink and walk. Experts estimate every mile a pedestrian walks drunk is eight times more dangerous than a mile driven while drunk.
Staying safe in crosswalks in Las Vegas, would boil down to a couple things. First, pedestrians need to be aware of their surroundings, and must assume they are not being seen by drivers especially at wide-open intersections. Instead of trying to walk home from a night out, it’s a good idea instead to hitch a cab ride or Uber home.
Walkers should also obey all traffic signals, and use crosswalks when present. Darting between cars or trying to cross in the middle of a street is highly dangerous. If walking at night, try to wear bright colors to stand out to drivers. And, like your mother always told you, look both ways before crossing the street.
Pedestrian injuries suffered by those without insurance account for an average of $18 million per year in Las Vegas. If you’ve been injured while walking, let us help you get the settlement you are entitled to. Call Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez today at 702-388-4476, and let us help. Contact us today for a free consultation.