Many people cannot take advantage of the option to walk to work or get groceries throughout much of the country. However, larger cities like Las Vegas are more pedestrian-friendly and encourage walking rather than ongoing traffic. Unfortunately, drivers are still not always attuned to pedestrians on the roadways and do not always look out for them when turning or pulling out of parking spaces. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident as a pedestrian, you may be entitled to bring a claim for damages.
A pedestrian may be at serious risk of injury if involved in any traffic-related accident. A pedestrian may also be at risk of injury when walking by a construction site or may have been injured on a sidewalk that is uneven or otherwise poorly maintained. Working with a Las Vegas pedestrian injury lawyer is a crucial step to take in the wake of any pedestrian injury or accident.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 5,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2013. This same year, more than 150,000 pedestrians were injured severely enough to be treated in hospital emergency rooms. Children and the elderly are most at risk for injury in pedestrian accidents, but all it takes is one driver not paying attention to put all pedestrians at risk.
Pedestrians are not protected from the impact of a multi-ton vehicle ramming into them; therefore, injuries can be severe and life-threatening. Pedestrians often try to take a healthier option to reach their destination or avoid car use on busy roadways. Unfortunately, they risk getting punished for their choices by negligent vehicle drivers. Nevada has tried to crack down on distracted drivers, but this will still not completely prevent accidents due to distracted driving.
Personal injury claims after a devastating accident are usually brought based on the defendant’s negligent actions. Nevada is a modified comparative negligence state, which means that a court may reduce the total damages claimed on a personal injury claim if the court determines that the victim was a percentage at fault for the accident.
However, since Nevada follows the modified rule of comparative negligence, a victim will not be able to recover if the court determines that they are greater than 51 percent at fault for the accident. For example, if the court determines that the victim is 40 percent at fault, their overall damages will be reduced by 40 percent. However, if the court determines that the victim is more than 50 percent at fault for the accident, the victim will be barred from recovery.
It is, therefore, important to consult with an experienced attorney before bringing a personal injury claim. A claim for damages after a pedestrian accident can include both actual damages and general damages, such as:
A lawyer with experience in these matters can assist you in filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit against whatever party should be held accountable in Las Vegas. This may be the driver of the car that struck you, a property owner or municipal authority responsible for maintaining a walkway where you slipped and fell, or a construction company that maintained unsafe working conditions at a construction site.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident, please get in touch with De Castroverde Accident & Injury Lawyers. Our attorneys have years of experience handling personal injury cases relating to motor vehicle accidents, including those involving pedestrian injuries. Pedestrians are the most at risk in car accidents and often have the most severe injuries.
Although nothing can be done at this point to prevent the pedestrian accident from occurring in the first place, recovering this money and successfully seeking justice can bring you peace of mind and financial stability when you need it most. To enlist assistance with your Las Vegas pedestrian injury claim, contact us today at 702.222.999 to learn how you can pursue rightful compensation; our team of Las Vegas personal injury lawyers is ready to assist you.
In addition to pedestrian injury, De Castroverde Accident & Injury Lawyers have expertise across a variety of personal injury cases, including:
An experienced car accident attorney can help you understand the legal aspects of your crash and make certain you get the compensation you deserve.
Our attorneys have years of experience in handling slip and fall cases and will work carefully with you throughout your claim.
Wrongful death actions result when one person’s actions lead to the death of another person. These cases are often time-consuming and expensive.
Personal injury cases are filed when a person has seen their life negatively impacted by preventable actions taken by another party. In car accident cases, this means that the at-fault driver has to provide compensation to the impacted party. In cases of nursing home injuries, the nursing home is the at-fault party when a resident is injured in an avoidable situation.