Each year, cars and trucks kill several thousand pedestrians in accidents. An average of more than 65,000 pedestrians are injured each year in the United States. Of those accidents, 5,000 of them end in pedestrian deaths.
Pedestrian fatalities represent 11% of all motor vehicle fatalities. Over 180,000 pedestrians have been killed in motor vehicle accidents during a 30 years period beginning with 1975. A pedestrian is injured in a car accident every eight minutes. A pedestrian is killed in a motor vehicle accident every 111 minutes.
Pedestrian-vehicle accidents are a serious problem not only throughout the country but in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Sun reported that 2,060 vehicle crashes involving pedestrians took place between 2008 and 2011. A 2014 accident report on pedestrian-vehicle accident incidents in cities around the country ranked Las Vegas ninth fatalities. A little more than 20% of the accidents involved pedestrians.
Pedestrian deaths are higher in urban environments though there is a higher ratio of deaths to injuries in rural settings. Pedestrian accidents occur more frequently in urban areas because of the number of pedestrians and motor vehicles. A substantial number of pedestrian accidents occur at intersections.
These accidents can happen anywhere in the city. Streets are busy with tourists who may not know the area and are distracted by their phones. They may be distracted by the sights that brought them to town. When their eyes are anywhere but where they should be. This inattention can lead to vehicles speeding through crosswalks.
Schools are another area in Las Vegas that have reported a greater incidence of pedestrian-vehicle accidents. Vehicles rapidly move through school zones and could potentially collide with children attempting to cross busy streets.