The option to walk to work, or walk to get groceries, is one that many people cannot take advantage of throughout much of the country. However, larger cities like Las Vegas are more pedestrian friendly and encourage walking rather than ongoing traffic situations. Unfortunately, drivers are still not always attune to pedestrians on the roadways and do not always look out for them when turning or when 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. In fact, a pedestrian may also be at risk of injury when walking by a construction site or may be injured if a sidewalk is uneven or otherwise poorly maintained. Working with a Las Vegas pedestrian injury lawyer is an important step to take in the wake of any type of pedestrian injury or accident.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 5,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents throughout the country 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 do not have protection from the impact of a multi-ton vehicle ramming into them, and therefore injuries can be quite severe and life threatening. Pedestrians are often trying to take a healthier option to get to their destination, or trying to avoid car use on the busy roadways, and unfortunately 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 from occurring which are the result of distracted driving.
Las Vegas, Nevada Personal Injury
Personal injury claims after a devastating accident are usually brought on the basis of negligent actions of the defendant. 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 prior to bringing a personal injury claim. A claim for damages after a pedestrian accident can include both actual damages and general damages, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
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, may be a property owner or municipal authority responsible for maintaining a walkway where you slipped and fell, or may be a construction company that maintained unsafe working conditions at a construction site.
Contact a Las Vegas Pedestrian Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident, do not hesitate to contact the De Castroverde Law Group. Our attorneys have years of experience in handling personal injury cases relating to motor vehicle accidents, including those involving pedestrian injuries. Pedestrians are the most at risk in any car accident 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 to learn how you can pursue rightful compensation!