According to reports, Las Vegas Metro Police are investigating a car accident involving a pregnant pedestrian near the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino.
Officials reported the 27-year old woman was crossing Circus Circus Drive around 9:48 p.m. when a 2014 Ford Focus struck her just west of Las Vegas Boulevard. The woman, who was about six months pregnant, was almost 50 feet outside of any marked crosswalk and wearing dark colored clothes. She was taken to UMC with injuries that appeared to be life-threatening. Police also reported that the Ford Focus driver was not speeding and was not impaired. The medical personnel at UMC had to deliver the woman’s child when she arrived at the hospital, and both she and the child were still in critical condition at the time of this report.
How Big a Problem is Pedestrian Safety?
According to the CDC, there were 4,743 pedestrians killed in the U.S. as a result of traffic accidents in 2012, with another 76,000 being injured. This means that every two hours in 2012, there was one pedestrian killed due to a car crash, as well as one pedestrian injured every seven minutes. Statistics released by the CDC also showed that pedestrians are up to 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a motor-vehicle crash than occupants of the vehicle.
The CDC also released information showing that in 2012, pedestrians 65 years of age and up accounted for about 20 percent of pedestrian deaths and about nine percent of all pedestrian injuries. Children are also at great risk of pedestrian injuries and fatalities when involved in a motor vehicle crash. One in every five children between five and 15 years old who were killed while involved in a traffic crash were pedestrians.
About 48 percent of all traffic crashes which resulted in the death of a pedestrian also involved alcohol impairment of either the driver or pedestrian, indicating alcohol greatly increases a pedestrian’s risk for injury and death when involved in a motor-vehicle accident. When alcohol was reported in the accident, 34 percent of pedestrians who were killed had a BAC of at least .08 percent. Vehicles that were speeding increased the likelihood of pedestrians being struck by the vehicle, as well as the severity of the injury.
Nevada has more than 27,000 people injured due to motor-vehicle accidents each year. If you or a loved one has been wrongfully injured as a result of a traffic accident involving a pedestrian or another motor vehicle, a personal injury attorney with experience in motor vehicle and pedestrian accidents can help you find potential remedies. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas to set up a free initial consultation to discuss your legal options.