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By Farhan Naqvi, Personal Injury Lawyer in Nevada

Even though the Christmas shopping season hasn’t officially begun yet, many Las Vegas residents have already started their holiday shopping in an effort to find deals and purchase items before stores run out of them. Unfortunately, this also increases the potential for a pre-holiday pedestrian accident.

One such accident occurred recently near the Cheyenne Shopping Center in North Las Vegas. A man was hit by a vehicle near the intersection of Cheyenne Avenue and Civic Center Drive. The victim was rushed to University Medical Center, where he was reportedly listed in critical condition. North Las Vegas Police are still investigating the cause of the pedestrian accident, which involved a 1992 Buick sedan.

Whatever the circumstances are surrounding this incident, it is important to keep in mind that there will likely be a sharp increase in pedestrian traffic in and around shopping centers in Las Vegas and throughout the Valley. These pedestrians may be focused on carrying shopping bags and rushing from store to store instead of monitoring vehicle traffic. So be sure to exercise extra caution when driving in these high-foot traffic areas. 

If you are one of these pedestrians, don’t assume that vehicles will see you and/or stop in time to avoid hitting you if you don’t watch where you’re going. Taking safety measures like crossing streets and driveways in crosswalks, wearing light-colored clothing at night, and avoiding distractions like your cell phone or iPod will also decrease the chances of you becoming involved in a pedestrian accident.

About the Editor: Farhan R. Naqvi is a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer who has experience representing victims injured in car accidents, drunk driver crashes, truck wrecks, slip and falls, taxi cab accidents, and bicycle crashes. He also has experience handling spine injury, product liability, underinsured/uninsured driver, and wrongful death cases. If you’ve been seriously hurt in an accident in Summerlin, North Las Vegas, Clark County, Henderson, Boulder City, Green Valley, or Pahrump, give Farhan a call at 702-553-1000 for a free, no-hassle consultation.