West Las Vegas Pedestrian Accident on March 7th Kills Man and Injures Woman
A 43-year-old man was tragically killed and a 37-year-old woman was injured Saturday night when they were struck by a pickup truck on South Durango Drive and White River Drive, south of West Twain Avenue, Fox 5 Vegas reported. The crash was reported about 10:30 PM on March 7th, and involved a 2018 Dodge Ram which was traveling northbound on Durango.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department responded and the man was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The woman was taken to University Medical Center and was reported to be in stable condition the next day. The news report stated that the driver of the Dodge remained at the scene and did not show any signs of being impaired. The man’s death was the 21st traffic fatality in LVMPD’s jurisdiction this year.
Cause of the West Las Vegas Pedestrian Accident
Police are investigating the cause of the accident, and it was not immediately clear what happened. Unsafe driving behaviors such as speeding, distracted driving, drowsy driving and driving while impaired are factors in many crashes.
It is not clear what happened here. Our thoughts go out to the family members of the victim as they are dealing with this sudden and unexpected loss. We hope the woman injured heals fast and makes a full recovery.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Pedestrians do not wear helmets or protective equipment and are extremely vulnerable to serious injury or death when they are struck by a vehicle. Like so many other fatal crashes, this one occurred at night, when visibility is greatly reduced. A report last year by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reported that in the past decade, pedestrian deaths have risen 35 percent.
The 6.277 pedestrian deaths reported nationwide in 2018 was the highest number in almost 30 years. Per the GHSA, “over the past 10 years, nighttime crashes accounted for more than 90 percent of the total increase in pedestrian deaths.”
Protecting Yourself as a Pedestrian
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada recommends that if you are walking at night, or even crossing the street or a parking lot, you should wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight. At the bare minimum, most people have flashlights as a feature on their cell phones. A light can be the only way you can be seen by other drivers, who otherwise may have a very difficult time seeing you.
Protecting Your Rights Following a Pedestrian
When accidents are the result of another driver’s negligent or criminal conduct, victims may recover compensation. If you or a family member was involved in a serious injury or fatal pedestrian accident, you may have legal rights to recover compensation for damages, including medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, or in the case of a fatality, funeral and burial expenses and loss of love and companionship.
Contact an experienced and knowledgeable Las Vegas pedestrian attorney as soon as possible for information about your legal rights and options.
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