Pedestrians in Nevada are likelier to be involved in accidents in certain locations, and drivers must exercise additional precautions when they are traveling in those areas. Areas like parking lots, school zones, the locations of special events, urban areas and the streets during the holidays all present greater risks of pedestrian accidents. For every car trip, pedestrians are 1.5 times as likely to die in an accident than vehicle occupants, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Prevalence of Pedestrian Accidents
According to the CDC, 5,376 people were killed in pedestrian accidents in the U.S. in 2015 alone. Among the children younger than age 15 who were killed in traffic accidents that year, 20 percent were pedestrians. Older adults aged 65 and above accounted for 13 percent of pedestrian injuries and 19 percent of deaths in 2015. A majority of pedestrian fatalities happen in urban areas, and many result from vehicles that are traveling too fast.
Areas Carrying Higher Risks
Certain areas carry greater risks of pedestrian accidents. Motorists who are traveling through these locations should exercise added caution. School zones are often highly concentrated with pedestrian traffic as students, parents and teachers make their way to and from classes. People should drive more slowly in the areas that surround schools, use extra caution when approaching school crosswalks, and be particularly aware of children entering and exiting school buses and private vehicles. Drivers should be on the lookout for children walking along the sides of the roads in case they dart out into traffic.
Other areas that are especially risky for pedestrians include:
- Since there are typically no specific walkways for pedestrians in parking lots, motorists should watch for people who might step out from between cars or cross in unexpected areas.
- During special events such as parades or sports events, many people may gather in the streets to celebrate, raising the risk for pedestrian injuries.
- Holidays like Halloween can be especially dangerous for pedestrians who are often dressed in dark clothing that is difficult to see as they take to the streets to trick-or-treat.
- Urban areas can pose a challenge for drivers who are not used to the concentration of people hurrying across roadways, darting in between cars, and jaywalking.