Las Vegas Car Accident-Related Deaths
As of May 21, 2015, there have been 41 traffic related deaths in Las Vegas, Nevada… and we haven’t even hit the half way mark yet. 16 of those deaths were pedestrian deaths and 4 were bicyclists (data from lvmpd.com).
Nevada law provides that drivers “must exercise due care to avoid a collision of a pedestrian”. This is at all times. Not just on residential streets, or at a cross-walk, but even on the highway. NRS 484.325 provides that a driver must exercise proper caution anytime a pedestrian is involved. That means whether a pedestrian is walking across a cross-walk or over a highway, a driver must always exercise caution.
If a driver fails to exercise due care in a pedestrian situation then that driver could and should be held liable for any injuries sustained by that pedestrian.
Pedestrian Must Yield Right of Way
Generally speaking, if a pedestrian is not crossing a street or highway at a proper section then it is their responsibility to yield to any drivers. However, it is important to note, that NRS 484.325 still provides a general duty of care for drivers to exercise caution when dealing with pedestrians. This general duty can possibly pave the way to ensure that the pedestrian receives proper compensation for his or her injuries.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian-traffic related injury then please seek legal advice immediately.