Tips for Pedestrians and Motorists
Though vehicle-to-vehicle collisions often receive the most attention, pedestrian accidents make up a large portion of vehicular-related injuries and deaths. In only November of 2017, state records reported that Clark Country had already reached a record-high for annual pedestrian fatalities. While overall traffic deaths declined last year, the increase in pedestrian fatalities represents a serious concern for families throughout the valley. It may seem difficult to protect yourself as a pedestrian, but there are always steps you can take to reduce the odds of a collision and increase awareness both for yourself and drivers.
- Even in winter, walking and/or jogging at night remains a popular exercise routine and is particularly common in planned communities. If you decide to take your walks at night, remember that motorists are more susceptible to fatigue and are more likely to be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- If possible, walk with a partner or group, and make sure that you are familiar with any path you intend to take during your routine. Try to avoid any areas in which the sidewalk is unavailable, incomplete, or damaged. This applies to walking/jogging during the daytime as well.
- Always wear brightly-colored or even reflective clothing when walking after sunset. In addition to the poor visibility that occurs naturally at night, many neighborhoods still lack adequate lighting, and some stretches of road have not even been fitted with any potential source of light.
- If possible, walk on the side of the street that allows you to face oncoming traffic. While giving you an opportunity to see cars as they pass and possibly anticipate an accident, this ensures that drivers can see your face, which is more easily visible and distinctive than the back of your head or a hat/hoodie.
Pedestrian fatalities in Las Vegas are likely to remain prevalent, especially as Clark County’s population continues to grow and communities continue to expand. As a driver, always be aware of your surroundings and stress the importance of personal and pedestrian safety to teens and drivers-in-training. As with any motor vehicle collision, ensure that everyone involved in a pedestrian accident receives proper medical attention and, when seeking legal representation, make sure you find an attorney/firm that places the health of you and your family first. Call us at (702) 852-6688.