Whether it is in a residential area, on a city street, in a parking lot or rural area, the reality is that pedestrians abound in Arizona. Even when residents in Arizona and elsewhere are not getting around primarily by foot, at the very least they get to and from their vehicle by the simple act of walking. When a pedestrian is walking where motor vehicles are traveling, this can generate a wide range of risks and dangers.
When people think of pedestrian accidents they often think of individuals who are struck by negligent drivers while crossing the street. Although this is a common type of pedestrian accident often caused by driver distraction, fatigue, or intoxication, it is not the only way that pedestrians can be injured by motor vehicles. In fact, when in close proximity to a roadway, there is very little that can protect a pedestrian from serious injury when an errant driver heads in their direction.
Phoenix has its fair share of pedestrians. These individuals may feel safe on the city's sidewalks and crosswalks, but the truth of the matter is that there is nothing that can protect them from an errant driver. And, sadly, there are far too many distracted, drowsy and drunk drivers on our city's streets. This means that a significant number of individuals wind up seriously injured or killed in pedestrian accidents.
Even though pedestrians are a common sight across the Phoenix area, far too many motorists fail to take the steps necessary to recognize them and protect their safety. This is of critical importance considering that pedestrians are without protection, meaning that they are usually seriously injured when struck by a vehicle. The damages associated with these pedestrian accidents can be catastrophic, too, often leaving victims and their families reeling from the physical, emotional and financial losses that are suddenly thrust upon them.
Over the past few weeks previous posts here have discussed pedestrian accidents. Sadly, pedestrian accidents continue to increase in frequency, and those pedestrians who are involved in them are often left with serious injuries. In the worst cases, these pedestrian accident victims succumb to their injuries. Those affected by these wrecks, including victims and their families, can end up facing significant damages that are not only financial in nature, but can also involve extensive physical and emotional pain and suffering. Surviving family members may suffer from loss of support and companionship.
Pedestrians are common throughout the Phoenix area. Their presence is so common, in fact, that it should be second nature for motorists to act in ways that protect those pedestrians' safety. The sad reality, however, is that pedestrians are struck and injured or killed with a frequency that is nothing short of startling.
Walking in the Phoenix area shouldn't be a dangerous activity. Yet, more often than many notice, negligent drivers act in a way that threatens to cause pedestrians serious harm. Those who are struck by an errant vehicle can suffer serious damages. They may be left physically disabled, emotionally traumatized and financially devastated. Sadly, sometimes these wrecks result in wrongful death, which was the case in one recent Phoenix pedestrian accident.
The Phoenix-area has seemingly seen an influx of serious pedestrian accidents lately. These wrecks often leave victim with serious injuries or, in the worst cases, dead. In the aftermath of these wrecks, victims and their families can struggle to make sense of the injustice forced upon them. They may also find it difficult to cope with the losses they suffer, which may include physical limitation, pain and suffering, disfigurement, medical expenses, and lost wages, just to name a few.
A previous post here discussed the prevalence with which pedestrian accidents occur in Arizona. The statistics are truly staggering, but most people fail to recognize the human impact caused by these accidents, as their vision is clouded by the numbers. As a personal injury law firm, we work with people on a daily basis whose lives have been turned upside-down by unexpected and undeserved accidents. These individuals are often confronted with a variety of emotions, including sadness, anger and fear for their future.
With crosswalks, a multitude of laws and extensive public service initiatives to raise awareness of the issue, one would think that pedestrian accidents would be extensively diminished nowadays, but the truth is much different. In fact, just recently the director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety in Arizona indicated that the pedestrian accident problem is a crisis. Additionally, that individual stated that pedestrian accidents have increased over the last two years, despite cities making extensive efforts to raise awareness of pedestrians and crosswalks.