Las Vegas car accidents follow an unusual pattern. The city has major problems with drunk driving accidents. However, unlike many other cities, most of Las Vegas’s accidents happen at night. And Las Vegas has more pedestrian accidents than many comparable cities.
Las Vegas car accident statistics provide some strategies for avoiding the riskiest areas of the city.
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How Common Are Las Vegas Car Accidents?
Nevada had 43,683 traffic accidents in 2020. The state does not break down these numbers by county or city. But historically, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) reports about 43% of the accidents in the state. In 2020, about 18,800 traffic accidents happened within LVMPD’s jurisdiction.
Bear in mind that the Las Vegas Valley has some peculiar geography. The city of Las Vegas only covers the area north of Sahara Avenue to North Las Vegas. Unincorporated Clark County runs south of Sahara Ave. to Henderson.
LVMPD’s jurisdiction covers the city of Las Vegas and the unincorporated areas of Clark County that fall outside of North Las Vegas and Henderson. The 18,800 traffic accidents in LVMPD’s jurisdiction cover an area that includes downtown Las Vegas and The Strip.
Las Vegas plus unincorporated Clark County has about 1.69 million residents. The accident rate for these areas is 1,114 traffic accidents per 100,000 residents.
This is much lower than the Nevada accident rate of 1,376 traffic accidents per 100,000 residents and the national average accident rate of 1,800 traffic accidents per 100,000 residents.
Overview of Las Vegas Car Accident Statistics
Las Vegas car accident statistics are not easy to find. The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) only releases fatality data for the state’s counties and cities. It does provide a crash dashboard with some details. And you can infer some of the numbers from historical data.
How Do Las Vegas Car Accidents Happen?
According to NDOT, Las Vegas car accidents happen due to some fairly common driver behaviors, including:
- Failure to yield right of way
- Following too closely
- Failure to keep in a lane
- Running off the road
These driver behaviors cause nearly 65% of accidents in Las Vegas. The causes of these behaviors include:
In most places, speeding and distracted driving cause the most traffic deaths. But according to NDOT’s crash dashboard, nearly 43% of traffic deaths in Las Vegas result from intoxicated driving, and 55% happen at night.
Anyone who drives around the valley knows that Las Vegas drivers drive fast. But according to NDOT’s crash dashboard, this addiction to speed puts drivers at risk of accidents. On average, slightly over 32% of traffic fatalities in Las Vegas result from crashes caused by speeding.
One area where Las Vegas residents have performed better than people in other locations is distracted driving. According to NDOT’s crash dashboard, distracted drivers only cause 3.1% of Las Vegas fatal accidents. In most other jurisdictions, distracted driving is a top cause of accidents.
What Types of Injuries Usually Happen?
Las Vegas has a good overall record for traffic injuries and deaths. The traffic fatality rate in the U.S. is 11.78 traffic deaths per 100,000 residents. Nevada has a slightly better rate at 10.10 traffic deaths per 100,000 residents. Las Vegas’s fatality rate is even lower at 8.07 traffic deaths per 100,000 residents.
This still means that in an average year, about 1,100 Nevada residents suffer a serious injury in a traffic accident. Under the state’s definitions, a serious injury means the victim could not drive after the accident and required transport to the hospital.
These serious injuries include:
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Severe lacerations
These injuries can require expensive treatments and affect the victim’s ability to work.
What Is the Liability for Las Vegas Car Accidents?
Nevada uses a fault-based system of auto insurance. This means the driver who caused the crash bears liability for all resulting damages.
Nevada also uses comparative negligence to allocate liability after a car crash. If you bear some responsibility for causing the crash, your damages will get reduced in proportion to your fault. For example, if you were 20% at fault for an accident, you can only recover 80% of your damages.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Las Vegas Car Accident Lawyers
The statistics don’t lie. Car accidents are all too common in Las Vegas. If you were in a car crash, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and other damages. Contact Battle Born Injury Lawyers for a free consultation.