2 Pedestrians Hit by Vehicle While Crossing at Second Street in Reno
Reno, NV (January 08, 2021) On Friday, 2 people were injured in a
pedestrian crash on Second Street and Lake Street in downtown Reno.
According to Reno Police, the 2 pedestrians were hit at about 5:45 p.m. as they cross against a red light.
Moreover, authorities say that the vehicle was eastbound on Second Street when it hit the pair who was southbound on Lake Street.
Both pedestrians were given immediate treatment for minor injuries, while police say they will be cited for the incident.
Who Is At Fault Here?
You may think that being a pedestrian, the driver would have the responsibility for the accident. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Due to the rise in distracted driving, and distracted walking, pedestrians are not always innocent.
Responsibilities of a Driver
To strengthen your case, it is essential that you know the common responsibilities of the driver, so that you can find where they may have been at fault. Unfortunately, due to shock, the accident may feel like a blur in your mind and you may not remember exactly what happened.
Pay attention to memories such as:
- Was there a stop sign, and did the driver fully stop?
- Did the driver yell out, “I did not see you!”
- Was the driver turning a corner?
- Was the driver in an area they should not have been? A crosswalk, pedestrian-only area, or turned too soon?
- Was the pedestrian crossing sign lit, or did it say stop for pedestrians?
- Because you may not remember the exact details, this is another reason why witnesses are crucial for the outcome of your legal case.
You’re Also Responsible
As a pedestrian, there are also rules and responsibilities on the street. It is important that you are honest with your lawyer about the incident, as they can still help you manipulate your case.
Some of the responsibilities of a pedestrian are:
- Not distracted walking, and staying off your phone while crossing the street.
- Not “J-walking” illegally across the street.
- Crossing only when the pedestrian walk sign is on.
- Crossing at designated crosswalks.
- Staying on the sidewalks, and not stepping out into traffic.
- Staying off the highway, and using only the appropriate pedestrian overpasses.
- Entering traffic from an unseen place, such as behind the bushes, or suddenly stepping out to traffic.
- Walking irregularly down the road due to intoxication.
- Paying attention to your surroundings will help you to reduce your chances of getting struck by a car.
Know More About Pedestrian Accidents
Now that you know what to do in case you get hit by a moving vehicle, there is some legal action you need to take immediately. Remember to be fully honest with your lawyer and fill them in on all the information instead of just saying “I got hit by a car”.
Moreover, the more you tell your lawyer, the more chances you have of winning your lawsuit and ensuring you are medically protected after the accident.
We encourage you to speak with us today if you were in a similar accident. At Sweet Lawyers, we understand the impact of accidents on victims, and the financial difficulties they have to go through. Moreover, our seasoned attorneys will provide you with the best legal representation and guide you to a high settlement. With over 44 years of experience in the legal field, we know how to tackle your case from all angles. For more information, call us today at (800) 674 7854.