Pedestrian accidents are on the rise in Las Vegas, Nevada this year. In 2011, there were only 72 traffic-related fatalities in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s jurisdiction. As 2013 comes to an end, recent studies have identified a total of 106 traffic-related fatalities. Most recently, a 53-year-old woman was struck by an automobile and died near the intersection of Lamb Boulevard and Desert Inn Road.
A representative of the University of Nevada’s Las Vegas’ Safe Community Partnership who studies traffic accidents said that:
“We have this phenomenon, and it’s happening more and more in our community where pedestrians walking down the street say, I suddenly want to go here, and they go without the thought of vehicles and vehicle speed…I’m sure Metro is widely frustrated.”
She believes that adding more marked crosswalks and promoting pedestrian accountability could lower the number of pedestrian fatalities.
These sentiments are echoed by a Metro PD representative who said, “[t]he trend that we see in the last couple weeks…I don’t want to even imagine what the number is going to be at midnight on December 21. I think they are going to say it’s not going to happen to me.”
I Was Hit While Crossing The Street In Las Vegas And I Need An Attorney
The holiday season is a dangerous one for pedestrians with the increased presence of drunk drivers. If you or a loved one has been hit by a negligent motorist, contact us and we can help. Our attorneys have the resources and experience necessary to deliver justice to those responsible and the full compensation that you deserve for your suffering. To schedule a free consultation with one of our national accident lawyers, call today at (866) 377-3800.
[Did You Know: The fine for jaywalking in Las Vegas is upwards of $275.]
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