As per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 5,000 people die after being hit by a motor vehicle every year. Another 150,000 pedestrians are treated at hospitals across the country after being hit. Either the driver of the motor vehicle or the pedestrian had been impaired by alcohol 48% of the time. In the context of pedestrians, 34% had a blood alcohol concentration at or over the legal limit at the time of the accident. Aside from intoxication, here are some other common causes of pedestrian accidents:
- Distracted Driving: A driver might be talking on a phone, texting, using a navigational device or attending to children in the back seat while a vehicle is in motion.
- Left Turns: When a pedestrian is crossing a roadway, and a driver is turning left, they’re ordinarily looking in different directions.
- Right Turns on Red: A driver might be looking left for traffic when making a right turn.
- Dark Clothes: The majority of all pedestrians’ accidents occur after sundown when the pedestrian is wearing dark clothing.
If you’re injured in a pedestrian accident, request paramedics. They will evaluate and stabilize you. Then, ask to be taken to a hospital emergency room for diagnostics and treatment. After that, speak with a Las Vegas accident lawyer at the Dobberstein Law Group. You can arrange for a free consultation and case assessment.
Don’t give a statement of any kind to the insurance company of the driver who hit you. It will only want to use your own words against you in the future in attempts to devalue or deny your injury claim. Our objective is to maximize any compensation that you might receive for your injuries and damages. Remember to call paramedics to the scene. Then, get transported to an emergency room. After that, take advantage of your free consultation with a Las Vegas accident lawyer at the Dobberstein Law Group.