Las Vegas is a great city to see on foot. Yet it has also been a very dangerous place for pedestrians. Nevada ranks eleventh in pedestrian fatalities, and as recent as 2 years ago Clark County counted 63 deaths. In the previous ten years, accidents killed over 600 people walking on the street.
An Unsafe City for Pedestrians?
Pedestrian accidents are not exclusive to tourists. Apart from Las Vegas Boulevard, Sahara Avenue, Charleston Boulevard, and Lake Mead Boulevard have been dangerous roadways for local residents. The same is true in areas with greater shares of households without cars. What has accounted for this?
- Las Vegas was originally designed to accommodate cars without adequate sidewalks and crosswalks
- Speeding is a problem because major roadways are straight with wide lanes
- Drivers continually fail to yield to pedestrians crossing the road
Public Improvements That Work
Thankfully, Clark County and the Nevada Department of Transportation have recently invested many resources to improve safety for Las Vegas pedestrians. They include:
- “Danish offset” crosswalks that allow pedestrians to see traffic and avoid oncoming cars
- Overhead flashing yellow beacons above crosswalks and improved lighting along streets
- Widened sidewalks and ADA compliant ramps where needed
- Increased tree shading to protect pedestrians from the heat
Pedestrian Lawyers Who Help
Better walkways have done a lot of good. However, as long as careless drivers are on our streets, accidents will happen. That is why the city deserves people who will protect the rights of those who are hurt.
Las Vegas is home to Sam & Ash, LLP, experienced pedestrian lawyers who make it easy to get fair compensation. You deserve What’s Right, so don’t delay calling us. We are on the line 24 hours at 1 (800) 304-2000. Let’s discuss a plan to get you back on your feet.