Many people in Las Vegas like to get around by walking. However, the threat of injuries or fatalities due to pedestrian accidents has made crossing the street more dangerous. Indeed, thousands of people across the country lose their lives each year while walking along the roadways. Both walkers and drivers can be prone to distraction, a situation that can have devastating consequences. In 2017 alone, nearly 6,000 pedestrians lost their lives due to car accidents.

This statistic is part of a recent increase in pedestrian accidents, something that some safety experts attribute to the rise of smartphones as well as the widespread use and legalization of marijuana. While some speculate that there is an increase in drivers under the influence of cannabis, many people who would not drive after using marijuana may be willing to take a walk outside. In addition, distracting smartphone use is a major concern, especially among drivers. While drivers have the responsibility to avoid crashes, however, pedestrians can also help to protect themselves.

When people text or read their phones while walking, especially in an urban environment, they could accidentally wander out in front of a car or during a red traffic signal. The latest increase in the number of deadly pedestrian accidents comes after a 9 percent increase in 2016 and a 9.5 percent increase in 2015, bringing the rate of pedestrian fatalities to a level last seen 25 years before.

Drivers can cause a devastating impact in pedestrian accidents; the result of tons of metal crashing into a person walking can be severe and catastrophic injury or even death. A personal injury lawyer can work with an accident victim to pursue compensation for the damages they have suffered, including medical bills and pain and suffering.