Pedestrians who are struck by vehicles have a higher risk of serious injury or fatality. Though many cities in Arizona and around the nation take extra precautions to try and avoid pedestrian accidents, they still occur. Police in Phoenix are investigating two separate crashes that took the lives of two different people on the same day.
The first incident happened in the early hours of the day. A 37-year-old man was attempting to cross the street when he was hit by a vehicle. Authorities say the 45-year-old driver did not seem to be impaired.
The second accident involved an 18-year-old woman. She was attempting to cross a street, using a crosswalk, on a recent afternoon when was struck by a pickup truck. The driver, a 22-year-old male, was making a right-hand turn when he hit her. He stayed at the scene of the accident and though authorities are still investigating the incident, they say that it doesn’t seem that he was speeding or driving under the influence.
The Governor’s Highway Safety Association has said that Arizona is one of the most dangerous states for pedestrians, according to its recently-released preliminary annual report. In the first half of 2018, Arizona had the second-highest number of pedestrian traffic deaths, per capita. When not considering population, Arizona still ranks fifth for pedestrian fatalities.
Those here in Arizona who have been been hurt by or lost loved ones to pedestrian accidents have several available legal options. An attorney with extensive experience in litigating personal injury and wrongful death cases may be able to file a civil claim against any parties deemed responsible. A successful claim could result in monetary damages that could be used to offset any outstanding medical bills or other expenses.