Pedestrians face a serious threat every time they walk on, near, or across a street in the Phoenix area. Logic dictates that pedestrians and vehicles are separate and therefore should not coexist in the same areas at the same times. The laws recognize this and require pedestrians and drivers to yield the right-of-way to one another, preventing the two groups from colliding. Yet despite all of this, pedestrian accidents happen regularly and most result in injuries to the walkers involved in those crashes. Tragically, 154 pedestrians involved in such crashes in 2011 in Arizona lost their lives due to their injuries.
When a pedestrian accident happens and it is due to the actions of a driver, owner of a car, or a city or municipality, the victim may be able to obtain compensation for any injuries, damages, or suffering that may happen. From medical bills to lost wages, all damages may be recovered if a victim chooses to seek relief in a court of law. Speaking with a personal injury attorney can help you realize your rights if an accident has affected your life.
Phoenix police were alerted to the scene of a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian near the intersection Northern Avenue and 12th Street on Friday night. The details of the incident have not been revealed at this time but authorities have confirmed that a man in his 50s was killed; that man was either near the roadway or crossing at the time he was struck by a passing car.
It is also not yet clear whether anyone involved in the incident bears blame in this crash or whether charges will be issued as a result of the collision.
When a pedestrian accident happens in Phoenix, victims may not know who is to blame or how the crash occurred. Their focus should be on their health and on obtaining the medical treatment they need and victims should not be forced to sort through the facts surrounding a crash.
Once fault is established, it will become evident whether a victim has a valid claim for compensation and who that claim may be made against. It is possible that a victim will be entitled to bring multiple claims against multiple parties to enable that person to obtain the full relief he or she deserves.
These claims must be brought pursuant to all relevant laws and within a specified time frame. To help the injured understand whether they are entitled to relief, the personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. We offer a free case consultation to those victims who call us toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191 and we provide it without any obligation on the part on the victim. Everything discussed will be kept confidential and if we represent you, we will never charge a fee unless we make a recovery in your case.
If you have been injured, do not hesitate. Call Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us fight for the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Multi-Car Accident in Phoenix Injures at least 2, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published May 1, 2015.
Pedestrian struck, killed in north Phoenix, police say, by Kody Acevedo, The Republic, azcentral.com, published May 1, 2015.