Walking is simply part of the scene that is Las Vegas. Millions of people come here from all over the world every year to take in the sights and the sounds, and many of them do so on foot. Las Vegas is also a warm and sunny place, which means that locals also tend to get out in their walking shoes to spend a day having fun, to go to work and to run errands as opposed to getting behind the wheels of vehicles. Las Vegas is made for this mode of transportation.
Unfortunately, the results of a recent study indicate that Las Vegas is also a very dangerous place to be if you are a pedestrian. Allstate Insurance recently completed a study that looked at several different variables regarding the number of people involved in pedestrian accidents in different cities and ranked them accordingly. According to that company’s analysis, only five cities in the entire United States were seen as more dangerous than Las Vegas. The study has prompted reactions from several different fronts and it could lead to action on the part of the local government.
Specifically, Allstate looked at the statistics regarding the number of people hurt or killed in pedestrian accidents in larger cities and then compared those numbers to factors including population, traffic, the number of vehicles on the road and the types of safety features that either were or were not present in that area. Four cities in Florida and one in Southern California were seen as more dangerous for pedestrians than Las Vegas, including:
One of the reasons that Las Vegas is ranked so highly is because of a troubling statistical trend that’s unfolding currently. Las Vegas pedestrian accidents are up by a factor of 80 percent when compared to one year ago at this time, and law enforcement officials are currently studying the reasons for these occurrences and what can be done to curb this rising tide of injuries and fatalities suffered by walkers.
At this point, some people are blaming the number of drivers and walkers who are largely unfamiliar with Las Vegas while others are blaming the lack of infrastructure and the lack of controls present at some intersections that are host to heavy foot and motorized traffic. Either way, it’s not a good sign for our city to be ranked so high on such a dubious list, and hopefully something will be done soon to reverse this troubling trend.
One way to perhaps have a positive effect on this problematic trend is for people who have been injured in pedestrian accidents to hold those responsible for their losses accountable. If this has happened to you or to someone you love, contact the Las Vegas accident lawyers at the Sam Harding Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.