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Pedestrians at Extreme Risk in LV Truck Accidents

Pedestrian injury and death due to accidents involving passenger cars and big rigs rose by nearly 20 percent from 2009 to 2014. Unfortunately, this steady rise of accidents shows no signs of slowing. While it is true that big rigs spend the majority of their time on highways, in more complicated urban environments, truck traffic can prove deadly.

Truck accident logistics

In the clash of pedestrian versus passenger car, a number of factors come into play. Often times, the pedestrian is likely to escape the accident with non-fatal injuries. However, in a matchup with a big rig, the pedestrian rarely walks away. The most notable pedestrian versus large truck collision in 2016 to date was in January, when a pedestrian was struck and killed on I-15 just outside of Jean. While incidents like this are rare, the casualty highlights the real danger that trucks pose to pedestrians. The reality is a commercial truck is significantly larger than a passenger vehicle, takes longer to stop and has a greater potential to harm a human being than the average sedan.

Improving pedestrian awareness

Clearly, Las Vegas truck drivers should do their utmost to be aware of their surroundings at all times. This includes driver awareness basics like checking blind spots, but extends to ensuring the truck they operate is well-maintained and safe to operate.

Making pedestrians aware of their duty as road users is equally important. As the Nevada Zero Fatalities initiative explains, pedestrian responsibilities include:

  • Crossing safely: use designated crosswalks, cross with the signal, and accompany young children
  • Communicating with drivers: making eye contact or alerting a driver to your presence at an unregulated crosswalk
  • Being visible: wearing bright colors; wearing reflective clothing and/or carrying a light after dark
  • Avoiding distraction: “distracted walking” can be just as deadly as a trucker using their cell phone

Truck tech may provide pedestrian safety

When Daimler launched the first self-driving semi truck last year, the buzz it created was palpable. The truck made its debut on the Nevada/Arizona border, crossing the Hoover Dam. The most newsworthy facts about the truck’s features had one focus: safety. Las Vegas truck accident attorneys know that driver distraction and other human errors play a tremendous role in pedestrian injuries and deaths each year. As the technology develops, eliminating human error may provide the best boost to pedestrian safety yet.

The George Bochanis Injury Law Offices was established in 1985. Before opening his office, Mr. Bochanis spent years representing major insurance companies in litigation cases and prior to that was a law clerk to a prominent local district court judge. Our offices have grown from a small one person setting to having its own well known office location on South Ninth Street in Downtown Las Vegas with 15 employees.

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