Pedestrian accidents are becoming increasingly common in Nevada and across the U.S. A large contributor to the problem for both drivers and pedestrians is a distraction from cell phones, other people, electronics and eating while they are driving or walking. Many accidents happen when pedestrians attempt to cross the street. While cities like Reno and Elko have worked to improve pedestrian pathways, crosswalks and sidewalks, the incidence of pedestrian accidents has continued to increase. An accident lawyer may recover damages for injured victims or the families of those who are killed in pedestrian accidents.
NPR reports that 25 Nevada pedestrians were killed during the six-month period from Jan. 2015 to June 2015. During the same time period in 2016, 31 pedestrians lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents, which was a 6 percent year-over-year increase. The total number of pedestrians who were killed during the first six months of 2015 in the U.S. was 2,486. In the first half of 2016, pedestrian deaths rose 7 percent to 2,660. Between 2010 and 2015, the Reno Police Department reports that there were 177 pedestrian accidents in the city. In 2016, 16 pedestrians were killed in Washoe County, which was reportedly the highest number of pedestrian deaths on record.
One of the primary problems that cause pedestrian accidents is driver or pedestrian distraction. Municipalities across the country have improved crosswalks, installed lights and added sidewalks to try to prevent pedestrian accidents. Despite these efforts, pedestrian accidents have increased. To reduce the risk of pedestrian accidents, motorists should avoid distractions and use extra caution when driving near areas that pedestrians are commonly seen. When backing out of driveways, motorists should use mirrors, backup cameras, and sensors when possible and make sure to look both ways before proceeding. Drivers should slow down when they are approaching crosswalks and come to complete stops if pedestrians are approaching or entering the roadway.
Pedestrians should cross the street only at crosswalks or intersections when possible and avoid stepping into the roadway between parked cars. They should obey all applicable traffic signals but use caution when cars are approaching. Pedestrians can increase their visibility by wearing bright clothing, using reflective gear or carrying flashlights at night and walking in groups. If an accident happens, a pedestrian accident lawyer might be able to help injured victims recover damages.
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