In 2015, 5,376 pedestrians died in traffic crashes across the country. Nearly 129,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for non-fatal crash-related injuries that same year. In fact, 15 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2015 were pedestrians. If you have been seriously injured after being struck by a car, call a Phoenix car accident lawyer right away.
Arizona is particularly dangerous for pedestrians. According to a study published by Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona, the area is the 16th deadliest U.S. city for pedestrians. Drivers killed more than 800 pedestrians in the area between 2005 and 2014. The state overall is even worse, ranking the sixth most dangerous state for pedestrians, according to the study.
If you have been hit by a car and been left seriously injured, get in touch with the accident injury lawyers at Burg Simpson Arizona immediately by calling 602-777-7000 or complete our Free Case Evaluation form here.
Whether you are walking home, to the park, or to the office, pedestrians face a growing list of hazards. The most frequent causes of pedestrian’s injury accidents include:
- Tripped on an uneven/cracked sidewalk: 24 percent
- Tripped/fell: 17 percent
- Hit by a car: 12 percent
- Wildlife/pets: 6 percent
- Tripped on stone: 5 percent
- Stepped in a hole: 5 percent
If you have been hurt in a motor vehicle accident, you need to speak with an Arizona personal injury lawyer by calling Burg Simpson at 602-777-7000.
Drivers should constantly be on the lookout for pedestrians. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, that means:
- Be especially vigilant for pedestrians in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or in bad weather.
- Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.
- Always stop for pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the crosswalk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop too.
- Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. They are typically stopped to allow pedestrians to cross the street.
- Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
- Follow the speed limit, especially around pedestrians.
- Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where there are children present.
If you have been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, call our Burg Simpson office in Phoenix at 602-777-7000 to speak with an Arizona personal injury lawyer now.
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Nearly 75 percent of pedestrians killed are men, and these accidents occur in urban areas most often. But it can happen to anyone, anywhere. If you have been hurt because of the negligence of a distracted driver or because of a poorly maintained walkway, call 602-777-7000 and speak with an Arizona injury lawyer for help or complete our Free Case Evaluation Form now.