With so many places to go and things to do, people love walking around Las Vegas. Tourists who fly into town often prefer foot transportation to taking buses and taxis, getting their exercise as they see more of the city. Walking is an important a part of a healthy lifestyle, and more people than ever are getting out and walking, both in Las Vegas and nationwide.
But improving your health by walking unfortunately comes with some degree of risk. In the decade from 2003 through 2012, 47,025 people died as pedestrians on our nation’s streets, and about 676,000 were injured. In 2013, on the average, one pedestrian was killed in a traffic accident every six days in the Las Vegas Valley. The state of Nevada ranks fifth in the nation in total pedestrian deaths.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Every driver has the responsibility to be aware of others sharing the road, and this especially includes pedestrians, who are so unprotected and vulnerable relative to people riding in cars. Many pedestrian accidents are caused by driver negligence, driver distraction, or driver impairment. A pedestrian injured because of driver negligence, or the family of a pedestrian wrongfully killed by a negligent driver, is entitled to claim compensation for their damages. This is often difficult, however, as insurance companies tend to routinely blame the victim for the accident. It is important to have a skilled personal injury attorney handling your case if you want to protect your right to adequate compensation that reflects the true value of your claim. In Las Vegas, personal injury attorney Eric H. Woods has been helping pedestrian accident victims and their families recover the compensation that they are entitled to for accident-related damages caused by negligent drivers for more than thirty years.
Common Characteristics of Drivers Who Collide with Pedestrians
- They are often impaired by drugs or alcohol.
- They frequently have been distracted by texting, cell phone use, rubbernecking, grooming, eating, or drinking other distractions.
- In many cases, they are driving above the speed limit or driving aggressively.
- They hit a pedestrian when running a stop sign or red light.
- They have failed to yield to pedestrians where required.
Types of Pedestrian Injuries
A pedestrian lucky enough to survive being struck by a car or truck is often left with serious, sometimes catastrophic injuries, which can result in years of pain, suffering, and disability, along with high medical bills, inability to earn a living, and a dramatically reduced quality of life. Pedestrians often suffer such serious injuries as:
- Brain damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nerve damage
- Organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Broken bones
- Facial injuries
- Neck and back injuries, including herniated discs
- Sprains and strains
- Bruises and lacerations producing scarring
- Chronic pain, including chronic regional pain syndrome/reflex sympathetic dystrophy (CRPS/RSD)
- Anxiety, mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and phobias
When you’ve been ploughed down by a car while walking in Las Vegas or anywhere in the area and have incurred any of these or other serious injuries, you need the best legal advocacy you can get in order to maximize your likelihood of obtaining a recovery sufficient to compensate you for all your losses, both to your financial situation and your quality of life, now and in the future. Your first choice in Las Vegas should be the law office of Eric H. Woods.
Eric Woods knows without a doubt that the road back from a serious pedestrian accident injury can be long and painful. His personal injury and wrongful death law practice is focused on each client’s individual circumstances and needs. When he agrees to represent you, he commits his time, knowledge, and expertise to getting you everything you need to get your life back on track after a debilitating injury. Eric has the skill, experience, knowledge, and resources required to oppose insurance companies and get you the settlement or verdict that will allow you to pick up the pieces of your life and move on.
Expert Support for Your Case
Eric maintains relationships with traffic safety specialists and accident reconstructionists who are on call to help investigate your pedestrian accident to help prove liability, along with well-respected doctors and other medical professionals who will be available to testify on your behalf at depositions or trial. Eric settles the great majority of his cases out of court, but he handles every case from the day he signs it up as if it were going to court. Eric is well known for his courtroom acumen and willingness to go to trial whenever necessary to get you the just compensation you deserve.
The cost of hiring one of Las Vegas’s most experienced pedestrian accident attorneys is never an issue, because Eric accepts cases on a contingency arrangement. You owe absolutely nothing until you have received money for your damages.
Protect Your Rights
Nevada places time limits or statutes of limitations on filing an accident claim, so act now. Don’t risk losing your right to a recovery. If you’ve been injured or a family member has died in a Nevada pedestrian accident, protect your legal rights by calling Eric Woods for your complimentary, no obligation consultation.