Sharing the roads involves a public trust in that we must trust that motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists are going to follow all relevant laws and do the right thing if something does happen to go wrong. One of those elements of public trust leads to the expectation that if someone is involved in an accident that such a person will remain on the scene until police and rescue personnel arrive to handle the aftermath appropriately. Sadly, this is not always what happens, as hit-and-run accidents have become increasingly common across the United States. Another one occurred late last week when a total of eight people were injured by an alleged hit-and-run driver who fortunately has been found.
The eight people who were hit in North Las Vegas on Thursday night were pedestrians. While seven of the eight people were eventually released from the hospital, one person remains there in critical condition. A link to an article detailing the crash can be found here. According to this and to other reports, the crash occurred at just before 11 p.m. in the 1900 block of Losee Road near Lake Mead Boulevard and Interstate 15. An 18-year-old woman who was allegedly driving stopped for a short amount of time and then fled, but she was found shortly thereafter and arrested on suspicion of eight felonies.
We certainly hope that the people who were injured make fast and full recoveries, and we also hope that the person who was critically injured is able to survive. We are also relieved to learn that the alleged driver has been identified and arrested, as many hit-and-run accidents lead to situations where the drivers cannot be found. This leaves people who are injured with few options in pursuing a recovery of compensation for the medical costs, lost income and pain and suffering that they are forced to endure because of these actions.
Too many people who are injured or worse in hit-and-run accidents are pedestrians. In fact, according to statistics available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the NHTSA, nearly one out of every five pedestrians killed by motorists in the United States every year lose their lives to hit-and-run drivers. In addition, a large percentage of these fatal pedestrian hit-and-run crashes occur between 6 p.m. and midnight.
All of this leads to the clear conclusion that pedestrians who are out walking need to be extra careful in following relevant traffic laws. They also need to provide even more time than they may think necessary to allow vehicles to pass before crossing a road and they need to be careful when it’s dark. Even if all of these steps are taken, it won’t prevent hit-and-run accidents from occurring, but it could at least begin to bring these troubling numbers down.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a crash caused by a hit-and-run driver, contact the Las Vegas accident lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson today to schedule a free initial consultation.