Crosswalk Accidents and Pedestrian Injury Lawyers
Anyone who has spent time in Arizona understands that pedestrians are a regular sight, especially in the state's larger cities. Not only do millions of tourists come to Arizona every year to enjoy what it has to offer, but people who live and work here tend to take advantage of the climate at times and use their feet for healthy transportation. Unfortunately, this tends to lead to Arizona pedestrian accidents, and many of them occur in crosswalks. Our Phoenix personal injury attorneys have represented pedestrians in crosswalk accidents for many years and work to compensate victims to the fullest extent of the law.
Below you'll find information regarding Arizona pedestrian accident statistics, the manner in which a negligence standard would apply to these situations, the types of damages that could become relevant for someone who has been injured in an Arizona crosswalk accident and finally how you should proceed if you or someone you love has been injured in an Arizona crosswalk accident and you need the help of an Phoenix personal injury lawyer.
Arizona Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents in Arizona occur at an alarming rate. Statistics indicate that every year, more than 1,500 such accidents occur, and these accidents lead to more than 1,300 injuries and more than 100 fatalities. These overall numbers have remained relatively steady in recent years, and there is no indication that they will decline.
In addition to the overall statistics, the numbers regarding crosswalk accidents in AZ are also extremely troubling. Of those people who are injured in Arizona pedestrian accidents, more than 800 of them occur when someone is crossing a road. These constitute Arizona crosswalk accidents, and in addition to the number of injuries that result from these incidents, 83 of the fatalities that occur in Arizona also take place while someone is crossing the road.
It should come as no surprise that the volume of Arizona pedestrian accidents is much higher during the daylight hours, but the percentage of these accidents that leads to serious harm is higher at night. Almost 900 people are injured in AZ pedestrian accidents on an annual basis during daylight hours, while less than 600 are harmed at night. However, more than 80 people are killed during darkness while approximately 20 are killed during the day.
Our Phoenix Attorneys Prove Negligence in Arizona Crosswalk Accidents
When someone is injured or worse in an Arizona crosswalk accident, those who have been harmed may have legal options that include the filing of a personal injury lawsuit with the help of our Phoenix pedestrian injury attorneys. If such a lawsuit was filed, its result would largely depend on the specifics of the accident at issue. Those specifics will determine which party was negligent and whether comparative negligence is an appropriate consideration.
Crosswalks in Arizona are governed by basic traffic laws. Pedestrians are allowed to cross the streets of the state inside these crosswalks and when a traffic signal allows them with the opportunity to cross. At intersections where there is no electronic traffic signal, pedestrians are expected to look both ways for oncoming traffic and to cross inside the crosswalk when it's safe to do so. Once a person is in a crosswalk and has entered it reasonably, that pedestrian has right-of-way relative to other travelers.
This tends to be where Arizona crosswalk accidents occur at the highest rate. Motorists may assume that either they have the right-of-way in a particular situation or they misjudge whether or not their continuation on their path will put the pedestrian in danger. Another leading cause of Arizona crosswalk accidents is when a motorist is distracted and does not see a pedestrian in the street. This type of gross negligence absolutely deserves the attention of an effective accident injury attorney.
AZ Crosswalk Accidents - Damages and Comparative Negligence
Generally, the situations described above would lead to a finding that the person that harmed a pedestrian was negligent, and would entitle the pedestrian to obtain damages that compensate him or her for medical costs, lost income and pain and suffering among other forms of compensation. However, there are situations where both a pedestrian and a motorist are at fault for an accident.
When this situation arises, Arizona uses what's known as the pure' comparative negligence standard. In these cases, the court will decide which party is responsible for which percentage of the total fault, and if the defendant is liable for any of the harm the plaintiff's damages are reduced by the amount that he or she was also negligent. These cases tend to arise when a pedestrian was crossing against traffic or suddenly darted into the street without much of an opportunity for the motorist to avoid the collision.
How an Phoenix Lawyer Can Help
Arizona crosswalk accidents, as the statistics indicate, lead to a high rate of injuries and fatalities. If this includes you or someone you love, you need to seek the help of AZ personal injury lawyers who have been handling these sometimes-complicated cases successfully for many years. Contact the Phoenix law firm of Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.