When it comes to crossing Nevada streets, both pedestrians and drivers need to make sure that safety is a priority. Both drivers and pedestrians have the potential to cause an accident, and neither should ever make an assumption about what the other is about to do. When it comes to road safety, making sure that you are fully paying attention, whether you are on foot or behind the wheel, will help keep pedestrian fatalities from happening.
Crosswalk Etiquette In Nevada
Whether there are markings on the road or not, there are crosswalks at pretty much every intersection. At these points, as long as a pedestrian is using the crosswalk in the appropriate manner by obeying all signs and signals, then the pedestrian has the right of way. Drivers must stop and yield to pedestrians to cross before they enter the intersection.
A Driver’s Responsibility
Drivers have a duty to drive safely and avoid collisions with pedestrians. If a pedestrian is in the crosswalk, a driver must stop. If another driver has stopped at a crosswalk or intersection, you should stop or slow down before passing them. At a school crossing, wait for the crossing guard to completely clear the road before driving through the crosswalk.
A Pedestrian’s Responsibility
Pedestrian safety does not just lie in the hands of drivers. As a pedestrian, you have a responsibility to ensure you are looking out for your own safety. You must always walk on the sidewalk and use the nearest crosswalk, tunnel, or bridge to cross the road whenever possible. You should always obey signals. Whenever possible, try to use the right-hand side of the crosswalk. Do not walk across crosswalks diagonally, unless they are designed to be used as such.
If there is no sidewalk, use the left-hand side of the road and walk facing the traffic so that oncoming drivers will see you. You must not step out or walk in front of an oncoming vehicle if it is not possible for them to stop.
Caution is important. When you are crossing the road, remember to look left, then right, then left again to ensure that there is no traffic coming from either direction.
Remember that just because you can see a driver, it does not mean that they can or have seen you. Do not cross until it is safe to do so.
What to Do If You Have an Accident
If you are a Nevada pedestrian and are involved in an accident, make sure you document as many details as possible. Get the name and contact details of the driver and any witnesses. Also, try to obtain the name of the driver’s insurance company.
Note the time that the accident happened, exactly where it was, and as much detail as possible about road conditions. Keep documents relating to any medical treatment you underwent as a result of the accident, including all medical bills and records.
The more information you can gather about the accident, the easier it will be to make a personal injury claim.
Make the Call Straight Away
You should also contact a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident. There are strict deadlines to settle your claim or file a lawsuit called statutes of limitations. If you do not file or settle within these deadlines, you may lose your rights to recover for your injuries.
Another reason you should contact a Nevada attorney as soon as possible is that they will be able to investigate and document your claim.
If you have been the victim of an accident and need the best personal injury attorney in Las Vegas, call the law office of Edward M. Bernstein & Associates at 702-240-0000 today.