Pedestrian vs. vehicle accidents

Each year, there are thousands of pedestrians who are seriously injured or killed by motor vehicles. When an accident occurs between a car and a pedestrian, it is almost always a grievous outcome. Serious pedestrian accidents can leave innocent victims with injuries that require lifelong treatment, both physically and mentally. The injured party will need to hire an attorney with the experience and knowledge it takes to successfully handle the case and hold the negligent party accountable.  Every pedestrian accident case requires careful analysis, as there may be multiple parties with legal responsibility for the accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, Lawrence C. Hill & Associates is here to help secure justice and recover the compensation you deserve. Contact our firm today.

Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are quite common in Las Vegas. With such a large amount of people walking around, many of whom are taking in the sights of the city, these accidents are inevitable. Negligence of one’s surroundings is often a contributing cause to pedestrian accidents, regardless of whether the party at fault is the driver or the pedestrian themselves. In Las Vegas, pedestrian accidents are often attributed to:

  • Careless and distracted drivers who are not paying attention
  • Drivers that are speeding
  • Pedestrians that cross the street when crosswalks are not signaling that it is their turn to walk
  • Drivers who fail to turn on their headlights at night
  • Drivers who ignore yield signs, stop signs, or red lights
  • Intoxicated drivers
  • Obstructed visibility on streets, making it hard for drivers to see pedestrians

Pedestrian accidents can be tragic. Due to the fact that pedestrians have little to no protection as they walk down the streets, they are at serious risk when they are hit by a car. Pedestrian accidents often result in serious and permanent injuries. In the worst cases, they result in death. The victims of pedestrian accidents may be suffering from physical, emotional, and financial burdens for the rest of their life as a result of the accident. Therefore, it is essential to retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney that can fight to recover maximum compensation on their behalf. Contact Lawrence C. Hill & Associates today.

  • $25,000 per person for bodily injury
  • $50,000 per accident for bodily injury
  • $20,000 for property damage per accident
Of course, if a person chooses to do so, they may purchase additional coverage. Nevada offers an option to purchase MedPay, which acts as a no-fault policy that covers injuries to drivers and their passengers. In addition, it pays the medical expenses for pedestrian accidents.

When an injured pedestrian makes the decision to take legal action after their accident, they will be faced with a number of hurdles to overcome. First, they must be able to identify the negligent party, which is usually the driver. The hope here is that the pedestrian was able to obtain the contact information and insurance information of the driver that hit them. Unfortunately, this is more complicated if the accident was a hit and run. The injured party is also subject to the burden of proof, which means that they must prove that the driver had a duty of care to meet and that they were negligent, reckless, or intentionally careless. If the injured party can prove that the driver was negligent, they may have a successful personal injury case. Fulfilling the burden of proof for pedestrian accidents can often be done with the help of witness testimony or surveillance footage of the accident.

When a party is injured in an accident because of another’s negligence, they may take legal action with the intent to recover damages, which is a form of compensation. Damages exist to compensate the injured party for the financial and non-financial burdens that they have faced as a result of the other party’s negligence. Economic burdens include medical expenses, lost wages due to time out of work, lost future wages, and more. Non-economic burdens can include the loss of independence, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, and pain and suffering.