Pedestrian accidents in Phoenix occur in more ways than may people realize. Some take place while a pedestrian is walking through a parking lot while others occur when a pedestrian is in or near a crosswalk. In other cases, a pedestrian may dart out into oncoming traffic. Alleys, parking garages, school yards, and playgrounds are areas where pedestrians and cars mix, and often with tragic results.
The victims of pedestrian accidents often suffer serious or even fatal injuries in a crash and may incur other losses, including lost wages from time missed from work. This can happen even when a pedestrian did nothing wrong to cause an accident but merely was the victim of the actions of a driver. When a pedestrian is hurt in a collision, the laws in Arizona may enable that victim to seek a financial recovery for his or her losses, including any medical expenses incurred. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Phoenix who has experience representing pedestrians may help you understand your legal options if you have been involved in a crash.
Shortly after 5:00 this morning, a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian on I-17 turned fatal for one of the individuals involved. Traffic in the area beginning at Middle Verde Road was being forced to exit I-17 and was being routed around the area while officials investigated at the scene. At this time, it is not clear why the collision occurred or whether either party involved acted in a negligent manner prior to the incident. Police are still investigating the incident through traffic is now able to use I-17 in both directions.
Arizona laws are clear: drivers must exercise caution with regard to the safety of pedestrians and must avoid accidents whenever possible. Despite these requirements, pedestrian accidents continue to occur on a daily basis in the state and many of them result in serious, even permanent injures.
After an accident, a victim should not have to worry about whether an insurance company will respect their rights and treat their claim fairly. Rather, a victim should be focused solely on his or her recovery from whatever damages result. At Abels & Annes, P.C., we have experience handling these types of claims and we want to put our experience to work for you, helping you seek a recovery if you have been hurt in an accident.
We believe that injury victims deserve to understand the implications of their accidents and their resulting legal rights without any commitment on their part so we offer a free case consultation to all those who contact us toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191. We provide the consultation with no strings attached on your part and everything discussed will be kept confidential.
If you have been hurt in an accident or if your loved one has been injured or killed, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you seek a recovery you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Phoenix Car Crash Leaves Elderly Man, Teenager Seriously Hurt, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published September 4, 2014.
Fatal crash closes SB I-17 at Camp Verde, by Steve Stout, published September 5, 2014.