When collisions are analyzed with statistics, it turns out that a driver of a vehicle is usually to blame when a pedestrian crash happens in the Phoenix area. Even where both the pedestrian and the driver may share some of the blame, the laws in Arizona may enable the pedestrian to obtain financial compensation for his or her damages. The walker must seek this relief after a crash and often can recover for things like medical and surgical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Victims may seek the help of a personal injury attorney to bring this claim or merely to learn about the relief that may be possible for them, including whether payment may be possible. In some cases, multiple claims can exist and compensation may be possible against an at-fault driver, the owner of a vehicle, a city or municipality, a corporation, or even the pedestrian’s own insurance company. As the facts surrounding a crash determine much of the legal fallout, it is a good idea to learn about your specific options if you have been injured.
Unfortunately, a pedestrian is at a marked disadvantage when an accident with a vehicle occurs because there is nothing surrounding that walker to protect him or her from the direct impact when it happens. Pedestrians are almost always injured in these accidents and in the worst cases, these victims may lose their lives. Police in Phoenix confirmed one such tragic crash on Saturday evening and have also confirmed that the pedestrian victim involved was killed due to an accident, a fact that is leaving the community of Phoenix in mourning.
Officials have stated that a pedestrian was crossing the road near the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Pima Street in a marked crosswalk when a pickup truck approached and collided with the walker. The victim, a 28-year-old man, initially survived the impact and was taken to an area hospital but his injuries were too extreme and he died shortly thereafter. Officials were able to speak with the driver of the pickup truck and they have reported that they do not suspect intoxication at this time; however, no explanation as to why the crash happened has been released and it is also not clear whether the driver will face any charges related to this incident.
A pedestrian accident in Phoenix causes a ripple effect that damages not only the person involved in the crash but also that victim’s loved ones, family members, friends, coworkers, and neighbors. These accidents are responsible for billions of dollars’ worth of damages in the country every year and they claim far too many lives to be ignored.
If a pedestrian accident has affected you, your loved one, or your family member, do not let your rights be ignored. Call the personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191 and let us provide you with a free, no obligation case consultation covering your accident and your legal options. We have a lawyer available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you and we always fight for the best possible outcome in every case we handle. If you need answers or if you have been hurt, call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us fight for the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Pedestrian Killed in San Tan Valley Crash, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published March 13, 2015.
Police ID victim in fatal car-ped crash Saturday, by Steve Stout, CBS5AZ.com.