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Drivers need to remain focused to prevent pedestrian accidents

Pedestrians are literally everywhere in Nevada cities. Many people choose to travel on foot to avoid congested city streets and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This could be a contributing factor in the increased numbers of pedestrian accidents across the state. Naturally, there will be greater numbers of pedestrians around things such as colleges or popular attractions so drivers should always use extreme caution when traveling close to these areas.

A recent pedestrian accident in Reno near the University of Nevada resulted in critical injuries to a pedestrian. The accident occurred around 6:30 p.m. on Sixth Street. Reno police say a Jeep SUV was traveling west on Sixth Street and struck a pedestrian who was attempting to cross the road. According to accident reports, the pedestrian was in a marked crosswalk at the time of the collision.

Authorities said the18-year-old pedestrian was rushed to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Reportedly, the driver of the Jeep was not injured and stayed on the scene cooperating with the investigation. Police said that alcohol was not a factor in the accident but poor visibility due to sunlight may have played a role.

Drivers should always be on the lookout for pedestrians, especially when driving in and around Nevada cities. Things such as poor visibility and distracted driving are common causes of pedestrian accidents. When an act of negligence in an accident such as this causes injury or death, victims and families can take legal action and file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. A successful lawsuit may result in a substantial award to help victims and families recover any financial losses that may have occurred due to an accident.

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