It’s common knowledge that pedestrians are at a greater risk for serious injury while walking along crowded Nevada roadways. Every person is a pedestrian at some point during the day. Fortunately, the state of Nevada is proactive when it comes to pedestrian safety, and many improvements have been made in recent years in cities across the state. Infrastructure upgrades, sidewalk repairs and new pedestrian bridges are just a few examples of pedestrian safety improvements. Despite these improvements, pedestrian accidents are inevitable when pedestrians and vehicles are in close proximity.

A recent accident in Sparks claimed the life of a young pedestrian. Police reports said a pedestrian was attempting to cross Baring Boulevard near Reed High School during the nighttime hours and was suddenly struck by a car. The pedestrian was critically injured and rushed to a local hospital, according to reports.

Tragically, the 17-year-old pedestrian died after being taken to the hospital, authorities said. Reportedly, the driver stopped and was cooperative with police. Police are continuing to investigate the accident but said speed or alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash.

Due to the high traffic volumes in Nevada cities, many people choose walking as a main source of transportation. However, those who travel by foot are at a higher risk for serious injuries near these busy streets. Those who have suffered injuries or loss in pedestrian accidents could benefit by seeking the services of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney. Damages from a successful claim could provide monetary relief to families who have suffered as a result of a tragic accident.