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After a pedestrian accident, what should a victim do?

A pedestrian accident often leads to serious injuries, simply because the impact of a vehicle is no match for an unprotected person. In the state of Nevada, pedestrians have rights, and it is important to know what to do if an individual is impacted by the actions of a negligent driver. When a pedestrian accident causes injury or death, it is simply to reach out for help from an experienced personal injury lawyer. 

Laws in Nevada that are designed to protect pedestrians. Every intersection is a legal place to cross the street, even if there is not a marked crosswalk. Motorists have the responsibility to exercise caution and do everything possible to avoid a collision with a pedestrian. Additionally, a driver must always yield to a pedestrian and must not pass a vehicle that has stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross. 

When a driver violates laws designed to protect pedestrians, it can have grave consequences. If a negligent or reckless driver causes an accident, the victims (or the surviving family of a deceased victim) may have grounds to pursue a civil claim. An accident victim hurt by the negligence of another party has the right to seek compensation to cover the costs of medical bills and other accident-related losses. 

When a pedestrian has suffered because of the negligent actions of another party, it is possible that he or she could be eligible for financial compensation. It is well within the rights of a pedestrian accident victim to seek to hold the driver believed to have been responsible financially liable for damages. In a situation where a family has lost a loved one in an accident, a legal claim may be appropriate to seek wrongful death compensation.

Source: zerofatalitiesnv.com, "Be Pedestrian Safe", Jan. 7, 2015

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