Where is the Most Dangerous Location for Pedestrians?
Nevada is one of the 10 worst states for pedestrians. According to the statistics, almost 90% of pedestrians and drivers involved in road accidents in the state of Nevada are local residents, not visitors or tourists. In the period from January to June 2021, 45 pedestrians were killed in road accidents. Most of them were reported in Clark County.
There are many dangerous intersections in Las Vegas, and there are several reasons for that. First of all, many roads in the city have high speed limits, which does not allow drivers to react in time and makes crashes more damaging. Also, there is always a high amount of traffic. In addition, there are many pedestrians in Las Vegas crossing roads. However, the main reason is the bad reputation of Las Vegas drivers – they often run red lights and exceed the speed limit.
Dangerous Intersections In Las Vegas To Watch Out For
Here is a list of the most dangerous intersections in Las Vegas:
- West Sahara Avenue and South Decatur Boulevard. Car accidents involving pedestrians occur frequently at this intersection. In 2018 this intersection became the site of more than 50 crashes.
- Flamingo Road and Pecos Road. It is a very big intersection with heavy traffic. Crashes often occur here, and they are not just little accidents – there is at least one accident fatality a year. Therefore, you need to be extremely careful when you pass through.
- South Rainbow Boulevard and West Charleston Boulevard. It is another common scene of accidents in Las Vegas. Many pedestrians are hit by cars at this intersection because drivers often run red lights.
- Boulder Highway and Nellis Boulevard. There is a tricky connection at this intersection causing confusion among drivers. Every year, many pedestrians are hit by cars there. The good news is the numbers of injured and killed pedestrians have decreased since the crosswalks and lighting had been improved.
- I-215 and I-15. In 2019, this intersection was named one of the most dangerous intersections in Las Vegas. That is because it has a sharp curve causing many accidents. There is also heavy traffic contributing to accidents.
How To Stay Safe As a Pedestrian
Here is what you can do to protect yourself as a pedestrian:
- Cross intersections carefully. Often look around before stepping onto the road. Anticipate that drivers may run a red light, so be careful even when a light turns green for you and the walk signal appears.
- Pay attention to traffic signals. If you have not started crossing the road, and the signal “Don’t cross” is flashing, it is better to wait for the next walk signal. If the signal “Don’t cross” started flashing when you are crossing the road, do not stop and keep walking. If you think that the signal does not provide enough time to cross safely, then inform the city transportation department about it.
- Keep the volume down. If the music in your earbuds is too loud when you are crossing a road, you cannot hear what is going on around you. Therefore, it is better to keep the volume down or not to wear your earbuds at all while you are crossing in order to be aware of the surroundings.
How a lawyer can help if you get injured
However, even if you always follow the recommendations listed above, there is still no 100% guarantee that you will never be hit by car, especially if you live in Las Vegas. If you are struck as a pedestrian, you will need not only medical help but also an injury lawyer. A lawyer from Nobles & Yanez will help you to receive just compensation, which can be paramount for getting your life back on track.