Do you understand the risks associated with driving a vehicle or riding in a car as a passenger? Odds are that while you are aware of the potential for a car accident occurring, you may not realize how likely you are to be involved in a crash, believing instead that it will never happen to you. Annually, millions of Americans have that same belief but their thoughts are dashed when they become victims of a collision or when their loved ones are injured or hurt in a crash. Arizona alone sees more than 100,000 car accidents in a typical year and a large number of those incidents are concentrated in Maricopa County, home to Phoenix and its surrounding cities including Scottsdale, Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, and Chandler.
Even less appreciated than the risk of becoming injured in a car accident is the risk faced daily by pedestrians who choose to walk along or near a road, street, or intersection in the Phoenix area. Though the laws of the state may require motorists to yield the right-of-way to these walkers, many do not obey these laws and instead place themselves and pedestrians at risk for a collision. When an impact happens between a car and a person, the pedestrian is almost always injured because of the sheer dynamics that play a role in the impact: the large, heavy size of a car, the small, unprotected nature of a pedestrian, and the speed involved being just a sample of these factors.
A collision that leaves a victim injured will always be devastating and often will create confusion over what legal rights may exist and whether the victim may be able to obtain a financial settlement to compensate her for her losses. If you have questions following a crash, speaking with a personal injury attorney in the Phoenix area may help you understand whether your accident is compensable, and if so, who may be liable for your financial suffering.
A crash in Phoenix on Monday started with a single vehicle but ended with a nearby pedestrian losing his life, according to local police. The incident occurred near Thomas Road and 47th Avenue and began when a driver of a vehicle reportedly lost control of the car which rolled over before striking a pedestrian nearby. The vehicle then continued until it collided with a utility pole carrying power to area residents before coming to a rest.
Witnesses reported that the driver of the vehicle and a passenger in the car both fled on foot from the scene but that both individuals were apprehended after a short time. It is not clear yet what led to the rollover but officials have confirmed that their investigation is ongoing and that they are looking into all possibilities, including whether the driver may have been impaired.
When a collision happens, nothing can erase the damage and return a victim or a victim’s family to their rightful state before the crash. However, a financial settlement can help those affected by the crash move forward and recover from their accident by enabling victims to get the medical help they need, provide for their families while off work, and provide payment for damages including pain and suffering.
The law firm of Abels & Annes, P.C. is dedicated to the representation of those who have been hurt by the actions of others and if you were the victim of a pedestrian collision, we want to help you. We offer a free case consultation without obligation to all those who contact us toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191 and we have a lawyer standing by 24 hours a day to take your call. Everything discussed will be kept confidential and if we represent you in your case, we will never charge you a fee unless we make a recovery on your behalf.
Do not let tragedy continue to cause suffering. If a pedestrian accident or a car crash has affected you, call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us fight for the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Phoenix Car Accident Injures Mother and Child, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published March 2, 2015.
Pedestrian killed in West Phoenix crash, by Brian Pryor, Fox10Phoenix.com, published March 2, 2015.