When many people think of Las Vegas, they may picture thousands of bright, neon, signs on the Strip, flamboyant costumes of performers and the sounds and colors of the casino floor. For locals, however, the city is not all color and bright lights. Ordinary car accidents in areas with inadequate lighting or accidents caused by distracted drivers can happen anywhere.
A pedestrian was recently killed while he was trying to cross the street. The victim, an 86-year-old man, was crossing at about 9:30 in the evening when he was hit by a car. Authorities stated that the driver was not driving impaired. The pedestrian was taken to a local hospital where he died. Authorities are conducting an accident investigation to determine the manner and cause of death.
Drivers are generally required to meet a certain level of care when behind the wheel and when they fail to meet the standard, they may be held liable if their failure caused injury to another person. In an accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian, courts look at many factors.
Pedestrians, like drivers, are also required to meet a specific level of care. If the pedestrian fails in this regard, and they are injured in the accident, then their recovery of damages may be reduced according to the extent of their own negligence.
While pedestrians must take care for their own safety by making sure to cross at marked crosswalks and refraining from darting into traffic or ignoring a “do-not walk” signal at an intersection, drivers must also be alert and aware of when pedestrians are present or are likely to be present. Driver negligence can be found when a driver is speeding, making improper lane changes or even when a driver is distracted or preoccupied.
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