Many people in the Phoenix area like to take walks. Whether a person walks to the store, their job or just for exercise, walking is a popular activity. Most of the time a pedestrian is able to safely share the road with other vehicles. But occasionally a pedestrian accident occurs, and it is often serious.
When a pedestrian is hit by a car their injuries are often life-threatening. A pedestrian doesn’t have any protection from a three-ton car and if they are hit, even at a slow speed, they can suffer serious injuries. Pedestrians include walkers, joggers, and those in wheelchairs.
Pedestrian accidents are on the rise in Arizona
According to the most recent statistics from the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were 1,842 pedestrian accidents in 2019 with 220 pedestrians killed and 1,697 pedestrians injured. This is an increase from 1,776 pedestrian accidents in 2018.
Causes of pedestrian accidents
There are many causes of pedestrian accidents in Arizona. The leading cause of an accident is a pedestrian crossing the road. This is followed by walking with traffic, standing, and walking against traffic. In approximately 67% of pedestrian-related crashes, alcohol or drug impairment was not a factor for the pedestrian.
Contact a personal injury attorney
If a person has been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, they may want to speak with an attorney who specializes in personal injury. An attorney can visit the accident scene and interview witnesses, review the police report, and help determine what happened to cause the accident. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, funeral expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages and other damages.