School is back in session, whether you are talking about college classes or kindergarten in the Valley. With back-to-school comes an annual increase in pedestrian traffic across Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, and the rest of the Valley due in part to students but also to the year-round citizens who walk for transportation. In fact, in any given day, the average resident of Phoenix is a pedestrian at some point, whether while walking to a vehicle, walking to work, or walking to finish errands.
Those driving through the Phoenix area may have already noticed an increase in foot traffic along popular roads but some of these drivers will not exercise the caution necessary when walkers are in the area. Instead of putting the safety of pedestrians first, too often drivers put their own desires ahead of all else and create a potentially dangerous situation where a pedestrian accident can occur. These crashes lead to billions of dollars’ worth of damages nationally every year when medical bills, lost wages, and other losses like pain and suffering are considered. The victims of these accidents may be entitled to seek relief for their losses through the use of a civil claim. Speaking to a personal injury lawyer who practices in the Phoenix area may help you understand your legal options if you have been hurt in a collision.
A man walking along Broadway Road in Phoenix at approximately 1:00 a.m. on Sunday was critically injured when a driver in the area came upon the man and struck him, leading to a serious crash. The pedestrian, described as a 32-year-old male, was taken to an area hospital where the nature of his injuries were not disclosed but where it was revealed that he was fighting for his life.
A 20-year-old female was allegedly behind the wheel of the vehicle involved at the time of the crash. According to police, the woman claimed that she did not realize she hit a person and initially drove away from the scene. After inspecting her vehicle with her parents at home, the woman reportedly returned to the scene where police and other officials had gathered and she reportedly spoke to investigators about the incident.
The investigation into this incident is ongoing at this time and officials are still reviewing all relevant facts. No charges have been filed against the driver and impairment on her part is not expected; it is not clear why the pedestrian was in the road or whether he was crossing the street at the time the impact occurred.
If you have been injured while a pedestrian in Phoenix, you have legal rights that may entitle you to a financial settlement. As the facts and circumstances surrounding each collision vary, it is a good idea to speak with an experienced lawyer about your particular incident if you have been hurt in a collision.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., our lawyers have experience representing numerous victims of pedestrian collisions and their families and we are ready to help you as well. We offer all injury victims a free consultation without any obligation when they call us toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191. We have a lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call because we understand that accidents happen at all hours of the day and night and that you may need answers outside of normal business hours. At Abels & Annes, P.C., we fight for the best possible outcome in every case we handle and we are ready to fight for you.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident or if your loved one has been killed, do not hesitate. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you seek the recovery you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Pedestrian Accident in Phoenix Turns Fatal, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published September 5, 2014.
Man critically hurt in collision in Phoenix, by Phil Benson, CBS5AZ.com, published September 7, 2014.