Walking should be the safest activity and the safest means of transit that anyone can utilize in the Phoenix area but instead, those who walk face a constant threat of becoming the victim of a pedestrian accident involving a car or another motorized vehicle. Though it is an inherent right of all citizens to walk as they please and though this right is protected by numerous laws enacted by the State of Arizona, these rights and protections are too often ignored by drivers who are in a rush, distracted behind the wheel, or who otherwise ignore the rights of pedestrians in an area.
A collision between a walker and a vehicle almost always injures the pedestrian and requires that victim to seek medical help. If you have been to a doctor or needed treatment at a hospital recently, you may realize that the current cost of modern medical help can be astronomical and can heavily burden an injury victim who did nothing wrong. Acknowledging this, lawmakers in the Phoenix area have guaranteed rights for victims through legislation that allows those who have been hurt to seek financial compensation for their sufferings. In addition to medical expenses, these victims can receive payment for pain and suffering, lost wages, and inconvenience as well as any other damages that occurred due to a crash. Speaking with a lawyer who represents personal injury victims may help you understand your rights if you have been hurt or if your loved one has been the victim of vehicular negligence.
Tragedy struck the Phoenix area last night when a pedestrian lost his life in a collision with an SUV. Police that responded to the scene confirmed that the incident occurred near the area of 27th Avenue and Glenrosa Avenue and involved an adult male pedestrian and an SUV. For reasons that are not yet clear, the SUV struck the man and caused him significant injuries. Though he was tended to by medical professionals, the man did not survive.
It is unknown whether anyone inside the SUV, including the driver, was injured in the accident. Police are still reviewing all relevant facts and attempting to determine what factors led to the impact and whether anyone involved acted in a negligent or reckless manner prior to the impact. The results of the investigation may determine whether citations will be issued in this incident.
In a perfect world, pedestrians would be free to walk along sidewalks, in pedestrian crosswalks, and on paths without the threat of injury due to an accident, but unfortunately, the reality of Phoenix traffic means that thousands of pedestrian collisions occur annually. If you are the victim of one of those crashes or if your loved one is injured or killed, make sure you understand what options may be available to you.
The personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to take your call and to provide you with a free case consultation without any obligation on your part. We believe in helping victims understand their cases and we believe in fighting for the best possible outcome in every case we handle. If we represent you, we will never charge you a fee unless we make a recovery on your behalf.
When the unthinkable happens and your life is affected, call Abels & Annes, P.C. and let our legal team fight for the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Video Highlights Dangers of Cell Phone Use while Driving, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published March 30, 2015.
Phoenix PD: Man dies after he’s hit by SUV, by Steve Stout, CBS5AZ.com, published April 2, 2015.