National statistics reveal that there is an unusually high rate of pedestrian accidents in Nevada. Sadly, many of these accidents result in severe, disabling injuries and even death. According to the Las Vegas Sun, there were 92 pedestrian fatalities in the state between January 1, 2015 and February 26, 2016. In Las Vegas, pedestrian accidents have become an epidemic, with the rate of fatalities being much higher than that of other large cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Phoenix. In 2015, one pedestrian died approximately every six days in the city.
By March of 2016, there had already been 19 pedestrian deaths in Nevada. This is a 46 percent increase from the same period in 2015. In response to the rampant rise in pedestrian fatalities, the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) launched the ePEDemic.org website earlier this year, along with an awareness campaign. The campaign features an abundance of billboards, digital ads and radio announcements that are designed to raise awareness in the community.
What Can Be Done to Reduce the Rate of Pedestrian Accidents?
More pedestrians lose their lives to motor vehicle collisions in Las Vegas than to melanoma, HIV and other common diseases. Lawyers in Nevada who are familiar with the various factors that surround pedestrian accidents know that keeping Nevada pedestrians safe is the responsibility of the entire community. There are a number of actions that can be taken to help prevent pedestrian accidents in the state.
- Safer Roadways: The city of Las Vegas is planning to spend approximately $3.5 million to improve road safety for pedestrians over the next 5 years. The installation of new traffic lights and a variety of improvements at the intersection of Cimarron and Blue Diamond alone is estimated to cost around $1 million.
- Pedestrian Behavior: ePEDemic.org states that 66 percent of pedestrian deaths occur mid-block. By using crosswalks and obeying traffic signals, individuals can significantly reduce their risk for becoming injured by a motor vehicle. Other pedestrian behaviors that raise the risk for accidents include becoming distracted and not being visible.
Motorist Behavior: Being aware of their surroundings is potentially the most effective way Nevada drivers can avoid pedestrian accidents. Texting, making calls, and using other types devices while driving are all major contributing factors to the number of motor vehicle/ pedestrian crashes. Motorists can also help improve pedestrian safety by obeying traffic signals, slowing down, and always driving sober.