A 36-year-old Las Vegas woman tragically died in the early morning hours of June 12th in East Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. The accident occurred in a marked crosswalk at Tropicana Avenue and Boulder Highway. According to the news report, the woman was crossing Boulder Highway in a marked crosswalk at about 12:15 AM early Friday morning when she was hit by a car in the marked crosswalk when she was hit by a 2004 Infiniti G35 driven by a 19-year-old Las Vegas man.
The female pedestrian tragically died of her injuries. According to the Review-Journal, her death was the 40th traffic-related fatality in Las Vegas police jurisdiction this year.
It is unclear what specifically occurred in this incident and if the driver was speeding or distracted. The initial news report stated impairment was not suspected. Our thoughts go out to the family of the victim of this crash. Losing a loved one so suddenly is unexpected, shocking and heartbreaking.
Pedestrian Fatalities a Problem in Nevada
Nevada is a well-known problem state for pedestrian accidents, and awareness campaigns have been made numerous times over the years, highlighting the problem. In 2016, the state of Nevada declared an epidemic of pedestrian deaths, pointing to a spike in pedestrian deaths following two years in a row of record pedestrian fatalities.
The Nevada Department of Transportation implemented some road engineering improvements to help save lives and encouraged drivers and pedestrians to look out for each other. However, accidents still continue to occur, and pedestrians are still vulnerable.
Crosswalk Right-of-Way in Nevada
We have seen many cases in Nevada where striking by “failing to yield to a pedestrian at a crosswalk” constitutes reckless driving. At night, pedestrians are especially vulnerable to being struck by a car. Police will investigate and determine if the driver failed to yield. If the driver of the vehicle was determined to be at fault for this accident, he may face criminal charges.
Additionally, the victim’s family may pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver. If the report that the driver was in a marked crosswalk, investigators will consider that the victim may have had the legal right-of-way. Damages available in a wrongful death claim may include final medical / accident-related expenses, funeral and burial expenses, lost earnings and contributions the victim would have made over their lifetime, and loss of love and companionship.
Liability for Pedestrian Accidents in Nevada
If you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident in Nevada, contact an experienced and knowledgeable Las Vegas pedestrian accident lawyer at LV Personal Injury Lawyers. Our clients choose us for our experience, professionalism, and results in Las Vegas personal injury cases. We understand after an accident, you may have many questions, and we are here to offer resources and advise.
We offer a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and answer your questions. We are available seven days a week to take your call and address your concerns.