As most Arizona residents know, Phoenix and the surrounding cities can get fairly busy throughout the year—especially when the weather cools down and out-of-towners begin to arrive. Throughout these high-traffic months, the risk of pedestrian accidents increases to an alarming rate. In 2013, the Arizona Department of Transportation recorded over 1,300 pedestrian injuries and over 150 pedestrian fatalities, 87 of those deaths occurring within Maricopa County.
The unfortunate truth is that Arizona pedestrian accidents occur far too often. The most common causes of pedestrian accidents in Arizona are:
- Approaching a right turn without slowing down or stopping to look for pedestrians
- Texting, talking on the phone, eating, drinking, or talking to passengers in the car
- Drivers failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks
- Reversing out of a parking spot or driveway
- Driving over the speed limit—especially in residential areas
When a pedestrian is hit by a car, injuries can range from simply a sprained ankle all the way to a spinal cord injury or death. No matter what damages occur, it’s extremely important to take action against the driver. If possible, remain at the scene of the accident, call the police, and collect as much information from the driver as possible. Talk to any witnesses and be sure to document everything you can by either using your smartphone or a pen and paper.
Pedestrian Accident Assistance
A pedestrian accident in Arizona is a very serious crime. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed due to a negligent driver, contact Schenk Podolsky immediately for a free consultation.