When it comes to a car versus a pedestrian, the car almost always comes out ahead in an accident. Sadly, a recent crosswalk accident in Nevada has left the pedestrian victim dead. The crash appears to have resulted from a driver’s apparent inattention or inability to yield to the man crossing in the designated segment of road.

The accident happened at about 2:50 p.m. in North Carson City. A 71- year old man was crossing the road when a northbound pickup truck hit him. The pedestrian had been in a designated crosswalk when he was hit. The driver of the truck, a 68-year-old man, was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian.

The Carson City Sheriff’s Department responded to the accident where they expected to find the pedestrian trapped under the vehicle, as had been reported. However, the pedestrian was free from the wreckage and speaking. He was taken to the hospital by Care Flight. Sadly, at 7:49 p.m. that same day, the pedestrian was reported to have died.

A victim in a pedestrian crosswalk accident retains the right to sue the driver who is deemed negligent in the accident in a civil court of law. Unfortunately, victims are often killed in these types of accidents. If that is the case, surviving family members may have the right to pursue a wrongful death claim. A successful claim in a Nevada civil court, in either case, could result in recompense for medical bills and other monetary damages and hopefully give some sense that justice has been served.

Source: NevadaAppeal.com, “Pedestrian killed in accident“, Sept. 17, 2015