Pedestrians being hit by cars is a rising problem in Yuma and the greater Yuma area. In 2010 Yuma’s overall car crashes were at a an all time low. Even so, fatalities among pedestrians being hit by cars is currently on the rise. Being hit by a car puts you or your family or loved one at a greater risk for injury if involved in an accident. That is why Lerner and Rowe pedestrian accident attorneys are available 24 / 7 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 are injured because you are hit by a car in a pedestrian accident, you should seek a pedestrian accident attorney to help you recover the medical costs and 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. HAWK stands for High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk and is designed to reduce and prevent instances of pedestrian involved car accidents. The HAWKs, combined with recent road improvements, have helped to reduce pedestrian accidents near Valley schools, major street crossings and congested downtown areas.
The Texas Transportation Institute authored 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 safe crossing zones. Most pedestrian injuries and fatalities occur mid block, outside the safety offered by HAWK and other pedestrian safety crossing efforts.
Why Are Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Yuma?
While pedestrians should always look out for cars while in the streets, 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
If you or a loved one have been hit by a car through no fault of your own, you will need a Yuma pedestrian accident attorney to help you sort out the details of who was at fault and collect compensation for your medical bills, as well as pain and suffering.
What is a Non-Fatal Pedestrian Accident?
In 2010 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that there were 70,000 non-fatal U.S. pedestrian accidents. Non-fatal pedestrian accidents may involve minor scrapes and bruises or serious life-altering injuries. If you or a loved one has been hit by a car and suffered injuries, you should seek the guidance of a qualified Yuma pedestrian accident attorney.
Even non-fatal pedestrian accidents can include very serious, life altering injuries that may affect you or your loved one emotionally, financially as well as physically. Life altering injuries likely to be sustained when hit by a car include:
- Head injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
- Long-term mental distress or emotional damage
- Temporary incapacitation
Pedestrian accident injuries that result in a serious personal injury should not be taken lightly. Right after an accident you should seek medical attention for injuries suffered. Then you are encouraged to contact an experienced pedestrian accident attorney.
Call us today at 928-344-6200, or fill out the online form to meet with a qualified pedestrian accident attorney.