According to the Department of Transportation, 2015 was one of the deadliest years on Arizona roads in seven years, with nearly 900 deaths occurring between January and September. Statistics also show that more than 1,500 accidents involving pedestrians occur every year in Arizona, with more than 100 fatalities resulting from them. It’s a common problem with no end in sight. Here’s some more information on the subject.

How Pedestrian Accidents Occur in Arizona

safety sign for pedestrian crossingUnfortunately, accidents involving pedestrians continue to be a major problem in the greater Phoenix area and the state of Arizona in general. Of the people who are injured in a pedestrian accident, the majority of them occur when someone is crossing a street, whether they’re inside a crosswalk or not.

The majority of pedestrian accidents in Arizona occur during the daytime, but the percentage of accidents that lead to serious injury and death is higher among those that occur at night. of the 1,500 annual accidents, roughly 900 of them occur during the day, and approximately 20 people on average are killed. Among the 600 annual nighttime accidents, 80 will result in death.

To ensure the safety of both drivers and pedestrians out on the Arizona streets, follow the proper guidelines when driving or walking.

When driving, make sure you:

  • exercise due care to avoid a collision with a pedestrian at all times./li>
  • yield to pedestrians in crosswalks./li>
  • stop or slow down before passing another vehicle stopped in a travel lane until you’ve determined whether that
  • vehicle has stopped for a pedestrian./li>
  • in the presence of a school crossing guard, wait for all persons including the guard to completely clear the road before proceeding.

When walking:

  • use the sidewalk and the nearest crosswalk, pedestrian bridge or tunnel when possible.
  • obey official traffic control devices.
  • walk on the left side of the street facing traffic if no sidewalk is available.
  • never cross an intersection diagonally unless the intersection is specifically designed for this.

If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, it’s important to make sure your rights are protected. Speak to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as you can.

Long known for passing controversial bills into written law, the state legislature has enacted and placed into effect several new laws that the general public may not know about. Here’s a list of some of the newest laws to hit the books in the state of Arizona.

Arizona Laws Now in Effect

  • uber driverLyft and Uber drivers must now carry at least $250,000 in liability insurance. While the drivers will not face many of the same regulations that taxi drivers face, they must also pass background checks and vehicle inspections.
  • Another law addresses drivers ticketed for speeding. Before this law was passed, drivers could only go to traffic school once every two years to clear their driving record after a speeding ticket. That timeframe has been shortened to one year.
  • On the healthcare side, women in Arizona who buy health insurance on the federal exchange can no longer purchase optional abortion coverage.
  • Naturopathic doctors will face tighter regulations for recommending medical marijuana.
  • Plastic bags are here to stay. It’s now illegal for cities to place bans on plastic bags or for supermarkets to charge for them.
  • Hunters who harass other hunters now face having their hunting license revoked.
  • Individuals are now allowed to get any lab test from a licensed clinical laboratory without doctor’s orders.
  • The darn fence is going up. The Joint Border Security Advisory Committee is now allowed to use the $264,000 collected from private donations to build a physical or virtual fence as close to the Arizona-Mexico border as practical.
  • Arizona is the first state to require high school students to pass a civics test in order to graduate. The test is the same 100 question test used by the U.S. Department of Immigration and Naturalization.
  • Panhandlers are not allowed to come within 15 feet of you while at the ATM or bank, or to touch you or obstruct your path.

For more information on how the Arizona legislature works, or how to find out about pending legislation, head to www.azleg.gov.

Losing a loved one is a trying and difficult reality that many of us will face as sometime in our lifetime. Not only is it an emotional burden but deaths, especially unexpected ones, can be financially cumbersome. If you believe that someone else is at fault for the death of family member then you may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Wrongful Death Definition

Wrongful death claims are made when a defendant has allegedly caused someone’s death either negligently or through intentional harm. Wrongful death is a civil action that allows the estate of the deceased person to file a lawsuit against the party that is liable for the death. The suit is typically filed by an attorney on behalf of the surviving family members and other affected parties.

What Kind of Deaths Do Wrongful Death Lawsuits Include?

A good way to think of when a wrongful death claim is applicable is to ask, “Would the victim have filed a personal injury claim had they survived the offending incident?” This can come in a wide variety of forms including when,

The victim was intentionally killed

Murder is a criminal trial, but you can still seek financial compensation for the death of a loved one despite the outcome of a criminal trial. For example, OJ Simpson was acquitted in a criminal child for the murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman, however he was still found liable in a civil wrongful death case. The case was based on an intentional act.

Medical Malpractice

If a doctor fails to diagnose a condition or if a doctor is careless to the level of incompetence then they may be open to a wrongful death lawsuit. Common examples include doctors being under the influence of drugs/alcohol, and doctors dismissing patients without giving a thorough examination.

Car Accidents involving Negligence

If a victim dies as a result of a car accident injuries, a wrongful death claim may be brought to the courts. The driver might be deemed negligent if they were intoxicated, texting or simply not paying attention while behind the wheel of the car.

How to Prove Wrongful Death

wrongful death lawsuitIn order to determine a defendant liable in a wrongful death claim, the plaintiffs must meet the same burden of proof that the victim would have to had they survived the incident. Using negligence as an example, the plaintiffs would have to show that the defendant owed the victim a duty of care, that the defendant breached this duty and, finally, that the breach of duty was the direct and proximate cause of death. The judge will then determine the compensatory damages caused by the death of a loved one.