An Arizona Car Accident Attorney should be consulted when a motor vehicle accident occurs involving a pedestrian. As children, we were told to look both ways before crossing the street. Even when looking both ways, crossing the street has the potential to be extremely dangerous. Every day, pedestrians are seriously injured or die as a result of accidents involving motor vehicles. On average, one pedestrian is injured by a vehicle every 8 minutes, and one pedestrian dies as a result of injuries from the vehicle every 120 minutes. If you or a loved one is involved in a pedestrian accident involving a motor vehicle it is imperative that you contact an Arizona Car Accident Attorney. An Arizona Car Accident Attorney can identify the best approach to your unique case and help you get just financial compensation.
The statistics concerning pedestrians injured or killed by a motor vehicle, to say the least, are staggering. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration compiled the following statistics for 2008:
- 4,378 pedestrians’ fatalities due to a motor vehicle accident.
- 69,000 reported pedestrian injuries.
- Most pedestrian fatalities occurred in urban areas (72%), at non-intersection locations (76%), in normal weather conditions (89%), and at night (70%).
- More than two-thirds (70%) of the pedestrians killed were males.
- Pedestrians over the age of 65 accounted for 18 percent of all pedestrian fatalities and an estimated 10 percent of all pedestrians injured.
- Children injuries accounted for 22 percent of all pedestrians injures in traffic crashes and 7 percent of the pedestrian fatalities involved children.
- Alcohol involvement was reported in 48 percent of the traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian fatalities.
The primary cause of pedestrian injury or fatality is driver negligence. Reasons for driver negligence include speeding, failing to yield right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks, and disregarding stop signs and traffic control devices. Determining who is negligent in pedestrian cases can be problematic. For this reason, an Arizona Car Accident Attorney should be consulted to determine what courses of action to take to ensure that you have the best possible chance at recovering compensation.
With such disturbing injury and fatality rates, safety precautions should be taken to prevent motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians. Some important safety reminders include:
- Drivers are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing streets in marked or unmarked crosswalks in most situations.
- Pedestrians need to be especially careful at intersections where the failure to yield right-of-way often occurs when drivers are turning onto another street and a pedestrian is in their path.
- When possible, cross the street at a designated crosswalk. Always stop and look left, right, and left again before crossing.
- If a parked vehicle is blocking the view of the street, stop at the edge line of the vehicle and look around it before entering the street.
- Increase visibility at night by carrying a flashlight when walking and by wearing retro-reflective clothing that helps to highlight body movement.
- It is much safer to walk on a sidewalk, but if you must walk in the street, walk facing traffic.
A serious injury or loss of life as a result of a motor vehicle accident involving pedestrians can be devastating for the families and loved ones of the victims. If you, a family member, a friend, or loved one is involved in this type of accident it is crucial that you contact an experienced Arizona Car Accident Attorney today to assist you in your case. For a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case, call Zachar Law Firm (602) 494-4800 or visit www.zacharassociates.com