Reno Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Drivers of motor vehicles are required by law to drive responsibly and not endanger the lives of nearby pedestrians. Unfortunately however, car accidents involving pedestrians happen much too often. As pedestrians are incredibly vulnerable, many of these accidents result in catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. When a pedestrian is injured as the result of a driver's negligence, victims can file personal injury claims to recover monetary compensation for any physical, emotional and financial damages they suffered. At Shook & Stone, we have provided our dedicated and client-focused legal assistance to many victims injured in pedestrian accidents and we are prepared to protect your right to fair compensation.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics in Nevada
The statistics regarding pedestrian accidents are nothing short of alarming. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2009, 2,092 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents and an additional 59,000 were injured. Pedestrian deaths account for 12% of all fatalities in motor vehicle accidents. Perhaps the most concerning statistic is that a majority of pedestrian accidents involve young children and elderly people. Most pedestrian accidents are also the result of driver error, with many occurring as the result of drunk driving accidents, aggressive driving and distracted driving.
Nevada Rules of the Road
As outlined in the Nevada Revised Statutes § 484B, drivers of motor vehicles are required to drive with reasonable care at all times, especially when pedestrians are nearby. Drivers must:
- Exercise due care to avoid collisions with pedestrians
- Give audible warning with horn to avoid collision
- Exercise proper caution to pedestrians on highways, roads and streets
- Exercise proper caution to pedestrians at bus stops and other public transportation areas
- Drive responsibly in school crossing zones, marked and unmarked crosswalks
- Yield to right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks
It is important to mention that compensation for victims of pedestrian accidents is never guaranteed. Despite the fact that driver error, negligence and failure to obey rules of the road cause many pedestrian accidents, it is possible that pedestrian carelessness can also be a legitimate cause. As such, insurance companies may attempt to shift blame away from drivers in order to pay victims less. Allegations that a person was jay-walking when an accident occurred, for instance, place injured victims at risk of being unfairly compensated.
Fight for compensation with Reno personal injury attorneys!
An experienced and knowledgeable attorney from Shook & Stone can work closely with you to collect the facts and conduct any necessary investigations in order to ensure that at-fault drivers will be held liable. In addition, our 85 years of combined experience can help to swiftly and smoothly resolve your case, providing you with the compensation you need to recover from your injuries. At Shook & Stone, we know our successful recovery of more than $100 million for clients speaks volumes about our abilities as determined and knowledgeable personal injury attorneys who will fight to protect your rights. Contact us today.