Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are not uncommon in Arizona. Our state has one of the highest rates of pedestrian deaths in the nation and is widely recognized as one of the most dangerous states to travel on foot.
Higher vehicle speeds increase both the likelihood of a pedestrian being struck by a car and the severity of injury. Most pedestrian deaths occur in urban areas, at non-intersection locations, and at night.
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) estimates 7,680 pedestrians died in traffic or non-traffic incidents in 2018. Non-traffic incidents occur on non-traffic ways such as driveways, parking lots, or other private property.
In Arizona, the term “pedestrian” doesn’t just refer to people walking on foot. It also refers to runners and people in manual or motorized wheelchairs.
It is important as a pedestrian to increase your visibility when walking and ensure you are wearing bright clothing, especially at night. In Arizona it is law that pedestrians use demarcated crosswalks and sidewalks. Make sure you are not looking down at your phone; use your earbuds so you can still see the area around you.
In the event you or a loved one are injured by an automobile, motorcycle, or bike while walking across the road or on a sidewalk, you can bring a claim against a driver, their employer, or perhaps the vehicle’s manufacturer for your injuries. Even if both the driver and pedestrian were at fault for the crash, the pedestrian is still entitled to damages if the driver is more to blame than the pedestrian.
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