An accident near the Las Vegas Strip left a female pedestrian dead, according to reports. The incident occurred on the 2400 block of West Wigwam Avenue, south of the Las Vegas Strip, in the early afternoon.
The victim has been identified by the Clark County Coroner’s Office as Barbara Jean Brown, 65, of Las Vegas. Police say that she was crossing the street when she was hit by a 2012 Honda Civic. The driver of the vehicle stopped, notified police and attempted to render aid. He passed field sobriety testing. Brown was taken to University Medical Center Trauma with life-threatening injuries where she later died while undergoing treatment.
Older Pedestrians at Higher Risk
According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4,743 pedestrians were killed and another 76,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic accidents in the US in 2012. Experts concluded that pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a traffic accident than vehicle occupants. This is not surprising considering the fact that a pedestrian has no protection while a passenger has a seatbelt, airbags and the vehicle’s steel frame to prevent injury.
The CDC’s statistics also raise another issue. Pedestrians aged 65 and older accounted for 20 percent of pedestrian deaths and around 9 percent of pedestrian injuries in 2012. Experts conclude that the rapid growth of the older adult population could cause a larger number of pedestrian accidents. Though older adults take fewer walks than younger individuals, they are far more likely to be severely injured and die when hit by a vehicle.
Personal Injury Law and Pedestrian Rights
Whether you are 5, 20 or 80, you have the same rights as other pedestrians on the road. This means that drivers should be diligent and aware when driving so they can avoid obstacles in the road, including you. When a driver is breaking the law, such as texting and driving or speeding, and hits a pedestrian, it is possible that the driver will be found at fault for the accident.
When a driver acts in a negligent way that leads to injury and/or death, the driver may be held responsible in civil court and ordered to pay compensation to the victim or his or her surviving family. If you have been injured by a negligent driver, call Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas today to learn how you can exercise your rights and seek compensation for your damages.