Many school districts across the Phoenix area are on spring break right now, meaning thousands of children are at home or spending time with friends instead of attending school. Many parents choose to take this time of year off from work as vacation so they can care for their children or so they can take a vacation with their families without their kids missing class and this in turn leads to a large number of adults and children around the Valley of the Sun during daytime hours. Stores may be busier than normal, parks may be overflowing with children, and restaurants are sure to be hopping across Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Chandler.
If you are like the hundreds of thousands of families experiencing spring break right now, you may not realize it but chances are that you will be walking more than average over this coming week. Whether you are in a parking lot, walking to catch a bus, or playing at a playground, you may cover a greater distance on foot than you do in a typical workday. With this increased foot traffic unfortunately comes and increased risk of a pedestrian accident occurring and many of these will result in injuries or even death to the victims involved. The legal fallout stemming from a pedestrian crash can be confusing and should not be the primary concern of a victim who should only have to worry about recovering physically; yet too often, the victim is forced to make decisions quickly after a crash that will affect her rights for years to come. If a collision has left you injured or has harmed one of your family members, speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Phoenix may help you understand your options and may enable you to get the relief you need and deserve.
On Thursday morning, police in the San Tan Valley were informed of a collision between a pedestrian and a car on Hunt Highway near a Walmart in the area, a location that has seen collisions in the past between vehicles and walkers and that is known for having a large pedestrian presence. The incident happened just prior to 6:00 a.m. and triggered an emergency response that included medical personnel who evaluated the victim, identified only as a male, and transported him to an area hospital. Though efforts were made to save the man, the extent of his injuries was too severe and he died as a result of the crash.
Police closed the road for a period of time following the crash as they began their investigation into the incident which is ongoing at this time.
If you have been victimized as a pedestrian by the actions of a driver who was negligent, careless, or reckless in his or her conduct, you may have a valid legal claim that can enable you to receive a financial settlement for your losses. Common claims seek relief for damages like medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering but the possibilities available to you will depend on the facts and circumstances surrounding your particular crash.
The law firm of Abels & Annes, P.C. has a strong track record of helping victims of pedestrian accidents and we want to help you as well. To enable you to understand your case, we have a lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to take your call and to provide you with a no-cost, no-obligation case consultation. We will keep everything discussed confidential and if we represent you in your case, we will never charge you a fee unless we make a recovery on your behalf.
Prior Blog Entry:
Scottsdale Rollover Car Accident Kills 1, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published March 5, 2015.
Pedestrian killed on Hunt Highway in San Tan Valley; EB lanes closed, by Steve Stout, CBS5AZ.com, published March 12, 2015.