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
Unfortunately, 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.
- 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.