Perhaps you live only a short distance from your workplace, so you choose to walk to and from work each day. Maybe you like to have a stroll around the city on your day’s off and enjoy taking in the numerous sights and that Vegas has to offer.
In any case, as a pedestrian, you have every right to feel safe. Unfortunately, you can also be exposed to negligent drivers. In a crash, you are likely to be the one that suffers most. Outlined below are two of the more common hazards that pedestrians face.
Around 20% of pedestrian fatalities are the result of hit-and-run incidents. These occur when a driver leaves the scene. At night, a driver at high speeds may have failed to notice that what they hit was a person. However, drivers often flee the scene because they panic and fear the repercussions that may result from the collision.
In any case, there is no excuse for leaving the scene of an accident. It is a criminal offense to do so. Hit-and-run incidents are very serious because the injured party may not receive the urgent medical care that they need.
Parking lot accidents
For the most part, cars and pedestrians are separated. This isn’t the case in parking lots. A staggering number of parking lot accidents occur every year, and it is nearly always pedestrians who fare the worst. Drivers have a duty to slow down in such spaces and be aware of their surroundings. Being in a parking lot is not an excuse to pull out your cellphone and check your messages or send a text.
If a negligent driver has injured you while you were walking, then you are entitled to hold them to account. Seeking legal guidance will help you to do this and recover the compensation you deserve.