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Pedestrian Accidents – Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyer Paul S. Padda

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When most people think of a “car accident,” they assume a collision between two motor vehicles. However, the occurrence of cars hitting pedestrians is far more common than many people would imagine.

Sobering Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), a federal government agency, on average around 4,500 pedestrians were killed per year in traffic crashes in the United States since 2008.

A pedestrian is killed in a traffic crash every 2 hours and injured in a traffic crash every 8 minutes. You don’t need to be a safety expert to understand the depth of the problem.
According to NHTSA, more than 70% of the pedestrians that were killed were males and most fatalities and serious accidents occur between Friday and Sunday. In almost half of all cases, either the driver or the pedestrian were intoxicated.

Most pedestrian accidents occur in urban settings, usually at cross-walks or other street intersections.

Important Safety Reminders

Drivers are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing streets in marked or unmarked crosswalks in most situations. Given the occurrence of most accidents at intersections, pedestrians need to be exceptionally careful when crossing the street. This means being aware of one’s surroundings. If a pedestrian is jogging and has headphones on, it is wise to look both ways and from behind before running into and through an intersection.

Increase visibility at night by using a flashlight or wearing retro-reflective clothing when exercising.

If you choose to run in the street instead of the sidewalk, make sure you’re running in the face of traffic. This will ensure that you’ll see what’s coming towards you.

Legal Recourse

If you’re the victim of a pedestrian accident, you have the same right to sue for injuries sustained as you would if you were driving a car and involved in an accident. Auto insurance policies cover pedestrian accidents. Being the victim of a pedestrian accident can potentially far worse than a run-of-the-mill car accident since the impact of the car on the human body carries with it far greater risk and potential for serious injuries. If you’ve been the victim of a pedestrian accident, “don’t get mad, get legal!


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Paul Padda, a former federal prosecutor, is the founder of Paul Padda Law: a law firm based in Las Vegas Nevada representing plaintiffs throughout the nation in personal injury and other civil cases. With over 15 years experience litigating in federal and state court, Paul has a proven track record of success, including obtaining one of the largest jury verdicts in Nevada history. A first generation American, Paul is dedicated and committed to helping his clients navigate the legal system and take on large and powerful interests. A lawyer who truly cares, Paul provides individualized and compassionate attention to each and every one of his clients.

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