Phoenix Pedestrian Injury Attorneys
Hundreds of pedestrians in Arizona are hit by cars and injured every year. These injuries can be very serious because they involve a collision between a heavy and rigid motor vehicle and a fragile human. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes represents people that have been injured in pedestrian collisions in a way that focuses on compassion and results.
If you were struck while walking, or if you child was injured by a car while playing or walking, contact the experienced pedestrian accident attorneys at Abels & Annes today.How do Pedestrian Accidents Occur?
Most pedestrians are injured when a driver is distracted and not paying attention to their surroundings. Motorists often keep a lookout for dangers to themselves, such as cars, trucks and buses, but then they don't watch for those that are most likely to get hurt, such as people on foot, bicyclists and motorcycle riders.
Phoenix pedestrian accidents occur when motorists are not careful in a variety of situations, such as:
- Not yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks;
- Backing out of parking spaces in parking lots;
- Speeding in residential areas where there are children playing;
- Turning at a stop light or stop sign, and not keeping a look out for pedestrians rightfully in the crosswalk; and
- Driving while distracted, whether by texting, talking on the cell phone, or other distractions such as eating or drinking.
Although not as common, lawyers at our office have also handled pedestrian injury claims where motorists have lost control of their vehicles in driven up onto sidewalks causing them to run over pedestrians or into houses and restaurants.
Arizona pedestrian accidents like the ones described above are very serious and can result in back & neck injuries, fractures (broken bones) involving surgical repair, severe head trauma, and sometimes death.Statistics on Pedestrian Accidents
Each year in Arizona, about 150 pedestrians are killed and about 1,300 are injured in crashes involving motor vehicles, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that a pedestrian is injured in an accident every 8 minutes in the USA. They also report that a pedestrian is killed every 113 minutes.
Across the country, some 5,00 pedestrian accidents result in death each year and around 70,000 are injured.Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
The most common injuries pedestrians sustain in an accident include:
- head and brain trauma,
- back and neck injuries,
- internal bleeding and damage,
- spinal cord injuries,
- broken bones,
- pelvic injuries,
- lacerations, cuts, and scars,
- and in the worst cases, death.
Head trauma is dangerous because of the risk of traumatic brain injuries that can cause permanent and debilitating effects such as memory loss, motor function loss, or death.
Internal injuries refers to any number of injuries affecting soft tissue, such as internal bleeding, which can be fatal if not properly treated by medical professionals.
Bone injuries include spinal, pelvic, rib, and limb injuries that can range from painful fractures to quadriplegia or paraplegia.
In some cases of spinal injuries, nerve damage can be caused due to damage to the spine.
Finally, in the worst of pedestrian accident cases, death is possible because of the weight of a car against a person.Arizona Laws to Protect Pedestrians
Arizona law requires drivers to exercise due care to avoid hitting pedestrians, yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk, use the horn to warn them when necessary, use proper precaution if they see a child in the road. But too often, drivers fail to take these necessary precautions and they cause accidents that should never have occurred.
In the vast majority of pedestrian-related crashes, the fault does not fault on the pedestrian but rather is due to some type of negligence on the part of the driver. Often, multiple factors may lead to the negligent action, including driving while distracted, failing to check for pedestrian traffic before proceeding into an intersection, and speeding.
Passenger cars are not the only threat facing pedestrians who choose to walk in Phoenix and the surrounding cities. Additional dangers come from semi trucks, buses, vans, and trains. The increased presence of the light rail in Phoenix as well as the ever increasing truck traffic in the area has led to pedestrian accidents with those vehicles, crashes that were much less common in past decades.
Regardless of what type of vehicle causes a pedestrian accident, there may be a claim for the damages incurred by the pedestrian if negligence was involved on the part of a driver, an owner of a car, truck, or train, or even by a mechanic who built or performed maintenance work on the vehicle involved.What to do if You’re Injured as a Pedestrian
Speaking with an injury lawyer is the best way to learn about your legal rights and your options following an accident, including whether you may have a valid claim for your injuries. When it comes to finding a lawyer, it is a good idea to deal with a firm that has experience representing the type of accident in which you were involved so that experience can be on your side.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we have helped many clients who were victimized in pedestrian accidents and we have obtained numerous settlements on behalf of those clients. We are ready to fight just as hard for you. We will work to help you make a financial recovery for your pain and suffering, medical bills, time off work, disfigurement, loss of normal life, and any other loss sustained in the accident. After a crash leaves you injured, make sure you receive any relief to which you are entitled.
Call us today and let us help you bring a claim for your damages now. There is no obligation on your part and the initial call is always free, so call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (855) 749-5299 or (602) 819-5191.Pedestrian Accident Settlements Reached by Abels & Annes:
$600,000 – Resolved heavily contested claim for pedestrian crossing at night an unmarked crosswalk.
$95,000 – Settled case out of court for pedestrian who was hit while in crosswalk.
$255,000 – Insurance policy limits settlement (plus medical payments) for pedestrian who sustained significant head injuries after being struck in the crosswalk by a left turning driver.
$95,000 – Resolved case for a pedestrian that was hit in a crosswalk by a speeding car that was passing stopped cars on the right in a parking lane.
$50,000 – Our client was struck by a vehicle as he stood in the street next to his disabled car. He incurred a deep cut on his leg in the claim resolved for the defendants insurance policy limits.
$40,000 – Plaintiff hit and injured by a vehicle while crossing in an unmarked crosswalk at a T-intersection.