Wednesday, November 20, 2013

LVMPD Trying to Put an End to Pedestrian Deaths

In the last two weeks at least four fatal pedestrian accidents have occurred in the area. On Monday, Las Vegas Metropolitan police officers met to discuss what can be done to prevent these tragic accidents. The victims include both adults and children, and a fatal accident that occurred Sunday night marked the 94th traffic-related death this year.

Although some pedestrian accidents involve victims jaywalking instead of using crosswalks, many of these incidents are caused by driver negligence. Pedestrian accidents are often caused by drivers who:
  • Drive while intoxicated
  • Drive while distracted
  • Fail to stop at traffic lights and stop signs
  • Drive recklessly
LVMPD officers are dedicated to finding a solution to the problem of pedestrian accidents, but said that they are running out of ways to get both drivers and pedestrians to be more careful.

Pedestrian Safety Tips

There are different steps pedestrians can take to protect themselves while walking or biking in Las Vegas.
  • Always use designated crosswalks.
  • Check both ways before crossing the street, even if it is your turn to walk.
  • Be careful at intersections where drivers make right-hand turns.
  • Be careful when crossing in poorly-lit areas.
  • Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible; if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
  • Carry a flashlight and wear reflective clothing to increase your visibility when walking at night.
  • Avoid texting or using your phone while walking, so that you can stay aware of your surroundings.
If you were hurt or lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident caused by a careless or reckless driver, you may have grounds to file an injury claim. Learn more about your legal options by visiting the Pedestrian Accidents page on our website.