Pedestrians being hit by cars is a rising problem in the Phoenix area. In 2010, Phoenix’s overall car crashes were at an all time low. Even so, fatalities among pedestrians is on the rise. That is why Lerner and Rowe pedestrian accident attorneys are available day and night for injury victims.
A pedestrian who is hit by a car has a higher likelihood of sustaining life threatening injuries than the driver of a vehicle or passengers involved in a car crash. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, we highly recommend that you seek a lawyer to help you recover the maximum compensation you deserve.
What is Arizona Doing to Reduce Pedestrian Accidents?
Recently, the state of Arizona has been making an effort to implement a program called HAWK, which stands for High-Intensity Activated Cross WalK. It is designed to reduce and prevent instances of pedestrian involved car accidents. The HAWK program, combined with recent road improvements, has helped to significantly reduce pedestrian accidents near Valley schools, major street crossings and congested downtown areas.
The Texas Transportation Institute conducted a study in July, 2010 showing that HAWK reduced pedestrian involved collisions by 69 percent. Pedestrians are much more likely to be hit by a car when they are outside the bounds of safe crossing zones. Here at Lerner and Rowe, we want to encourage and recognize the HAWK program as well as increase overall pedestrian safety.
Phoenix Ranking for Pedestrians Accidents
Pedestrians should always walk with caution. Phoenix remains the fourth highest U.S. city for fatal pedestrian car accident injuries despite the implementation and adoption of pedestrian safety crossing measures.
41% of all pedestrian accidents involve children, pedestrian injuries and fatalities are highest among those between the ages of 10 and 20. Children playing on residential streets, crossing without looking both ways, and riding bicycles have a greater risk of being hit by oncoming traffic. It’s important to make sure that your child is aware of the dangers and is cautious while in or near busy roads.
Drivers & Fault
While pedestrians should always look out for cars while in the streets and parking lots, most people hit by cars are unable to avoid the accident, even when they are following the law and all posted safety signs and signals.
Many pedestrian accidents are the fault of drivers who are:
- Driving recklessly and speeding
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failing to pay attention or driving while distracted
Let the Best Personal Injury Attorneys Help!
Pedestrian accident injuries that result in a serious personal injury should not be taken lightly. After an accident you should seek medical attention for injuries suffered no matter the severity. Keep copies of all your medical records and/or police reports so that we have a better chance of building a sturdy case.
Call us today at 602-977-1900, or fill out the online form to meet with one our qualified accident attorneys.