LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — UPDATE 11:25 A.M.

ORIGINAL STORY

Police say a women is dead after being hit by a vehicle near Decatur Boulevard and Alta Drive just before 6 a.m.

The intersection was closed for several hours.

The woman was in a crosswalk but crossed against the light, according to officers.

Unfortuantely, pedestrian-related accidents are among the most common in Las Vegas, Nevada. In fact, 2017 had the highest number on record for pedestrian accidents in Clark County, where 78 people were fatally struck by vehicles on public roads, according to preliminary figures released by the state Office of Traffic Safety.

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Causes of pedestrian-related accidents

Pedestrian-related accidents are among the most common in Las Vegas, Nevada. Although in this case the driver was not at fault, we still encourage drivers to exercise extreme caution any time they approach an intersection. How can we avoid these types of accidents moving forward?

Pay attention to the road

Speeding, alcohol impairment, vision impairment, and distracted driving/walking assisted in driving up the deaths from 57 in 2016, which surpassed the county’s previous record high of 60, as reported in 2015.

Put your phone down!

Moreover, with the advent of the smart-phone, more and more individuals defer their attention from the roadways to their mobile devices. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been driving on the surface streets and freeways of Las Vegas, only to look over to see individuals completely focused on their phones. With email, messaging, and GPS right at our fingertips at all times, it’s become second nature to keep our mobile devices in hand at all times. After all, how much harm can a simple glance down at our phones cause, anyway? Unfortunately, a lot.

Consider placing your phone in a purse or the glove compartment while driving to avoid distracted driving.

Contact a car accident attorney

Although the driver was not at fault in this accident, that is not always the case. If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian-related accident or another type of motor vehicle accident that caused personal injury, please do not wait! Contact a Las Vegas car accident lawyer immediately to discover your options for recovery. You can contact our dedicated legal staff by calling (702) 800-0988.