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Walk This Way

Pedestrians walk past a "Look!" sign on the crosswalk at the intersection of 42nd St. and 2nd Ave. in New York, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Crossing the street in New York City is complicated: Even when it's one-way, you should look both ways, and stop texting for a few seconds. That’s what city transportation officials tell pedestrians who often miss getting hit in the chaotic every-which-way-including-loose mill of vehicles, bicycles, scooters and sometimes, carriage horses. They’re making their point visible with “LOOK!” signs stenciled at 110 of the most dangerous intersections in the city’s five boroughs. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
As a nation we are facing an epidemic, pedestrian fatalities. Every  day in America there is an accident involving a driver and a pedestrian, some of them resulting in a fatality. Walking, sitting at a bus stop, riding your bike, or even just standing in a public place puts you at risk for being involved in an accident.

According to the article below, this is a national problem:

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According to information from various reports by the Las Vegas Sun, several traffic accidents have plagued Las Vegas in February, some resulting in serious injuries or death to drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

For example, the Las Vegas Sun reported that on February 8 and 9, three people were killed in separate car accidents. On the 8th, 39-year-old Norman Beavers was killed when he was struck by a vehicle while walking in the crosswalk on Las Vegas Boulevard. The police located the hit-and-run driver and arrested him in connection with Beaver’s death. On that same day, 21-year-old Trenton Cain Gleaton died when his motorcycle crashed into a light pole on Oakey Boulevard, causing the motorcycle to catch fire and engulf Gleaton in flames. On the 9th, 42-year-old Nneka S. Geter-Easterling was involved in a three-vehicle collision at an intersection on Tropical Parkway. She was killed when a pickup truck crashed into her vehicle, causing it to spin and hit another vehicle. The accident also caused Geter-Easterling’s two teenage passengers to suffer severe injuries.
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Initial data from the Nevada Department of Transportation (“DOT”) shows that traffic-related fatalities in the state have decreased substantially over the past few years. In 2006, 432 deaths were caused by accidents involving motor vehicles. By the close of 2013, the annual figure had dropped to 259 deaths – three less than in 2012.

A comparison of the DOT’s data between 2012 and 2013 is encouraging in some respects, but troublesome in others. For example, alcohol-related deaths declined from 93 in 2012 to 63 in 2013, a decrease of 32%. However, pedestrian deaths increased by 11.86%, motorcycle fatalities increased by 34%, and deaths involving bicycles climbed by an alarming 133% since 2012.
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Police say 26 people have been killed by cars while crossing the street in Metro’s Jurisdiction this year. That’s more than twice as many pedestrian deaths than at this time in 2011. A man trying to cross Tropicana west of Rainbow about a week ago was the most recent casualty.

“It’s honestly getting out of hand. You would think that people would have consideration for people crossing the street, but they think they own the road,” said Marquise Bellamy who lives off Tropicana. “I’ve never seen it as bad as it is now.”

Leaders at metro say the majority of cases involve pedestrian error.

“Pedestrians walking outside of a marked crosswalk,” said Laura Meltzer of the Metro Police Department. “Or in the middle of the street and not at an intersection.”

People who live off Tropicana say they see all the time.

“They’re taking their life into their own hands. I see it all the time,” said 7 year resident Eugene Atkins. “I’ve actually seen a person get hit crossing against a light at night and actually got hit.”

Metro says both drivers and pedestrians are responsible for keeping the roads safe, but pedestrians have more to lose.

“Pedestrians make sure you pay attention to what’s around you, and if you’re crossing the street make sure you are looking both ways and making sure it’s safe to cross,” said Meltzer. “Even if you do have the right away you’re not going to win a contest between a vehicle and a person.”

Henderson police say it’s a problem across the country. They say they’re stepping up enforcement at clearly defined crosswalks. They will ticketing speeders and people crossing illegally. That extra enforcement is scheduled to end September 16th.
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There are few things that can ruin a day like an auto accident. It’s unexpected, and because you can only prepare so much to avoid one, when it happens, it’s stressful. If you are involved in a car accident anywhere in Nevada, including Las Vegas, reduce the stress and reinstill some calm by knowing the following few tips and Nevada car accident laws.

Tip One: Remember the Scout Motto – “Be Prepared”

Keep your car well maintained. Make sure your car follows the maintenance schedule laid out by the car’s manufacturer in your vehicle’s owner manual. In between maintenance inspections, routinely check the air pressure in your tires and the wear down of your wipers. After your car has sat for awhile, pull it away and check the ground for fluid leakages.

Be prepared for any Nevada car accident by putting a car emergency kit either in your trunk or underneath a front seat. You can buy a prepared car accident kit or put one together yourself. At a minimum your kit should include a flashlight, first aid materials, a camera, an ink pen, and a blanket. And whenever you drive, carry your driver’s license, insurance registration, medical information, and a cell phone. To be extra prepared, if you have some type of Smartphone, consider installing a car accident app.

Tip Two: After an Accident Do the “Immediates”

After a car accident, the first reaction for most drivers and passengers is panic, then anger. As time is critical, tamper your emotions so critical steps can be taken.

Check the accident surroundings. Is anyone injured? Is there fire or the potential for fire or explosion? As soon as possible and if possible, alleviate any emergency situations that could lead to further injury or damage.

Move the cars to the side of the road or a nearby car accident area away from traffic, if possible.

Even if there is not much car damage or injury, call the police so you have a record of the accident and any fault can be assessed. If there are serious injuries, calling 911 will reach an ambulance service as well as the police.

Remember to take down notes about the car accident and the names and contact information for any witnesses, and call your insurance agent.

Finally, as soon as it is convenient, take pictures of the entire car’s interior and exterior, the accident area, and any injuries. Also, though Nevada law requires both parties’ consent to record conversations, as most car accidents occur outside, the expectation of privacy is debatable, so use your cell phone’s camcorder to record any spontaneous statements and conversations made by the other parties in the accident.

Tip Three: Zip Your Lips
While the police will inquire as to how the accident occurred, only give them the facts. Never voice out loud to yourself or anyone else, a statement of fault. Limit that discussion to conversations with your insurance agent and attorney. Furthermore, do not make a statement to the other insurance companies before consulting with your own insurer or attorney. Finally, unless requested by the police or your insurer, do not sign any documents proffered.

Tip Four: Consider Hiring an Attorney
Under Nevada law for all car accidents, all drivers must carry insurance with coverage of a minimum of $30,000 for all bodily injury (limited to $15,000 per person) and $10,000 for property damage. Consult NRS 484.219 to 249 which outline the responsibilities of all drivers involved in and the reporting of accidents in Nevada.
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With the increased traffic in the city during the holidays, Las Vegas police continued their annual program to warn Las Vegas drivers and pedestrians about the rules of the road and potential traffic dangers. How? By dressing Las Vegas police officers in turkey costumes and posting them in the crosswalks at three of the busiest intersections in Las Vegas – Charleston Boulevard and Burnham Avenue; Maryland Parkway and Reno Avenue; and Maryland Parkway and University Road – during the Thanksgiving holidays. During the Christmas holidays, the officers dress as Santa Claus.

Though traffic fatalities in Nevada are lower than in previous years, the number of pedestrian deaths has increased. According to the Nevada Transportation Board, so far this year, 41 pedestrian have been killed compared to 33 for the entire year of 2010. This included the death of CBS’s Reno television sports editor, JK Metsker, who was killed as he crossed the street after covering the Nevada-Hawaii football game, as well as an 11-year-old girl who was seriously injured while crossing Jones Boulevard against the light and outside the crosswalk the day the police conducted the safety program.

Under NRS 484.3245, a driver of a motor vehicle in Las Vegas is required to:
1. Exercise due care to avoid a collision with a pedestrian;
2. Give an audible warning with the horn of the vehicle if appropriate and when necessary to avoid such a collision; and 3. Exercise proper caution upon observing a pedestrian on or near a highway, street or road or in or near a school crossing zone marked in accordance with NRS 484B.363 or a marked or unmarked crosswalk.

NRS 484B.283 requires:
1. When official traffic-control devices are not in place or not in operation the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be so to yield, to a pedestrian crossing the highway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the highway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the highway as to be in danger.
2. A pedestrian shall not suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.
3. Whenever a vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle until the driver has determined that the vehicle being overtaken was not stopped for the purpose of permitting a pedestrian to cross the highway.
4. Whenever signals exhibiting the words “Walk” or “Don’t Walk” are in place …
(a) While the “Walk” indication is illuminated, pedestrians facing the signal may proceed across the highway in the direction of the signal and must be given the right-of-way by the drivers of all vehicles.
(b) While the “Don’t Walk” indication is illuminated, either steady or flashing, a pedestrian shall not start to cross the highway in the direction of the signal, but any pedestrian who has partially completed the crossing during the “Walk” indication shall proceed to a sidewalk, or to a safety zone if one is provided.
(d) Whenever a signal system provides a signal phase for the stopping of all vehicular traffic and the exclusive movement of pedestrians, and “Walk” and “Don’t Walk” indications control pedestrian movement, pedestrians may cross in any direction between corners of the intersection offering the shortest route within the boundaries of the intersection when the “Walk” indication is exhibited, and when signals and other official traffic-control devices direct pedestrian movement in the manner provided.

NRS 484B.287 further governs pedestrians by requiring:
1. Every pedestrian crossing a highway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the highway.
2. Any pedestrian crossing a highway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the highway.
3. Between adjacent intersections at which official traffic-control devices are in operation pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk.
4. A pedestrian shall not cross an intersection diagonally unless authorized by official traffic-control devices.
5. When authorized to cross diagonally, pedestrians shall cross only in accordance with the official traffic-control devices pertaining to such crossing movements.

So far for the holiday, the Las Vegas police safety awareness program has issued 64 citations to drivers for failing to stop, speeding, and driving under the influence. But while the drivers received the tickets, the Las Vegas police reminded pedestrians to look both ways before crossing, even in crosswalks.
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