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Do Pedestrians Always Have The Right-of-Way?Staff Attorney2021-09-01T12:43:12-07:00
Whether you are walking into work, the grocery store, or simply crossing the street while on a jog, most people are pedestrians without even thinking about it. Although most intersections are equipped with safety precautions which indicate when a pedestrian is safe to cross, the unfortunate truth is that pedestrian accidents happen frequently and more often than not, they result in serious injuries and in some severe cases, death.
A quick look at pedestrian-related accidents:
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the projected pedestrian-related deaths in 2020 was approximately 6,721 — a 4.8% increase from the 6,412 fatalities reported the year prior.
In 2016, a pedestrian was killed, on average, every 1.5 hours.
The highest percentage of pedestrian-related fatalities occur after 6:00 p.m.
Pedestrians should practice extra precaution in pedestrian-rich cities such as Las Vegas, NV. The Nevada Department of Transportation (DOT) reported that roughly 78 pedestrians lost their lives in the Clark County area in 2017 alone — a 73% increase from 2016.
Pedestrian Right of Way Laws
Any person absent from a vehicle who is found along a road or in a developed area is considered a pedestrian. This involves any person who is walking, rollerblading, skateboarding, etc… Although most believe that the pedestrian always has the right-of-way, this isn’t always the case. Much like vehicle operators are responsible for practicing safe driving practices, pedestrians also have a duty to practice safe commuting practicing.
In the State of Nevada, pedestrians who use a crosswalk or obey proper crossing signage at any intersection almost always have the right of way. However, if they were to step off of a sidewalk or enter the street suddenly, J-walk or otherwise not provide a driver with an adequate amount of time to brake, they could be found responsible for any resulting injuries or damages.
Even then, drivers are required to drive responsibly and pay attention to the road at all times. If you suspect a person is attempting to J-Walk or dart into the street, slow down or switch lanes.
Anyone who is injured in a pedestrian accident should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately to obtain a better understanding of fault and damages you can pursue.
Contact our law firm
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, contact our experienced team of car accident lawyers immediately for a free consultation. Pedestrian accident attorney, Brian Boyer, is available to take your call 24/7 at (702) 800-0988.