Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Representing Injured Clients in Phoenix, AZ
We are encouraged to go for a walk whenever possible. It makes sense why. In addition to being seen as the healthier option for the mind and body, it also saves money and, we’re led to believe, is generally safer than sharing the roads with fast-moving cars. However, many serious injuries can befall pedestrians struck on the sidewalk, crosswalk, or road by motor vehicles. While all traffic accidents have the capability of causing serious physical injury, pedestrians crossing the street are far less protected than drivers and passengers in motor vehicle collisions. If an accident lands a pedestrian or bicyclist in the hospital with costly medical bills, it is only right that any negligent drivers who delivered those injuries help pay for the injured person’s expenses.
The attorneys of Moore Injury Law have years of experience helping accident victims and their family members recover compensation from at-fault drivers in pedestrian accident cases. If the at-fault driver is unwilling to budge in negotiations for settlements to victims, your pedestrian accident attorney may pursue a lawsuit that seeks to hold the motorist fully accountable for any injuries sustained as a result of their negligence.
While the insurance company may do their job and help pay for medical expenses, sometimes that money is just not enough. With a valid, well-documented personal injury claim, your pedestrian accident lawyer will attempt to use the claims process to aggressively charge those responsible for your serious injuries.
To schedule a free initial consultation, please contact the Arizona law firm of Moore Injury Law, conveniently located in the beautiful, sunny city of Phoenix.
Why Hire Moore Injury Law for a Pedestrian Accident?
Are you aware of the pedestrian laws in Arizona? Right-of-way on crosswalks, right-of-way on sidewalks, hitchhiking and jaywalking all have their own unique associating rules and laws.
Under state law, a motor vehicle is required to yield to all pedestrians crossing the street, either via a clearly defined crosswalk or an unmarked crosswalk. In Arizona, a crosswalk does not have to be marked. And if a motorist is stopped at the crosswalk for any pedestrians, it is unlawful for any motor vehicles behind them to attempt to pass ahead of them.
If a safe sidewalk exists along the side of the road, Arizona requires that pedestrians use it for their own safety, if nothing else. If no sidewalk exists, pedestrians may walk in the street on the far side of the road, moving in the direction against the flow of traffic.
Arizona state law sees a bicyclist as some combination of a pedestrian and a driver. If they are on the sidewalk or crosswalk, bicyclists are typically legally seen as pedestrians. If the bikers are on the street, they have the legal rights and responsibilities of any driver, and their bike is considered a vehicle.
At Moore Injury Law, we have represented numerous victims that have been struck both in and out of crosswalks. Many pedestrian accidents cause severe injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, internal injuries, broken bones, dislocations and fractures, and even wrongful deaths. We have the reputation and experience you are looking for to obtain a fair and adequate settlement.
What Are Arizona’s Pedestrian Accident Statistics?
In 2017, the Arizona Department of Transportation reported 1,702 crashes involving pedestrians, with 226 of these being fatalities. In more recent years, during the pandemic, which saw generally fewer motor vehicles on the road than before, the number of traffic deaths actually continues to rise in Arizona, outpacing much of the rest of the nation. 2021 was among the most dangerous years on record for Arizona’s pedestrians.
In fact, some numbers show that Arizona’s pedestrian accident fatality rate is nearly double that of the national average, with very few states seeing more pedestrian deaths on a yearly average. In terms of pedestrian accidents in general, research has shown Arizona ranks as the fifth most dangerous state for pedestrians, coming in behind only South Carolina, Delaware, Florida, and New Mexico.
Studies show that bicycle accidents make up about a quarter of all pedestrian accidents. And nearly 75% of pedestrian accidents in Arizona occur after nightfall, in dimmer light.
Whatever the particulars of your unique accident, your personal injuries may be serious and your medical bills potentially extreme. As your legal representation, we will build a confident and confidential attorney-client relationship that seeks to best defend your legal rights and pursue the most positive outcome in your personal injury case.
What Are Common Causes for Pedestrian Accidents?
There are instances where a pedestrian accident occurred not because anyone did anything wrong, but just because of a bit of bad luck or poorly designed streets and infrastructure. However, most personal injury cases related to a pedestrian accident are the result of driver negligence or some manner of human error.
Common causes of pedestrian injury include:
- Disobeying traffic signals
- Distracted driving such as cell phone usage and texting
- Drivers disregarding dangerous weather conditions or potential road hazards
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Drunk driver who is not in control of their motor vehicle
- Eating while driving, making for distracted drivers
- Failure to look behind before reversing
- Failure to yield to right-of-way
- Illegal maneuvers on the road, passing other vehicles when not allowed
- Property damage forcing pedestrians and motor vehicles to share the same space
- Running a red light or stop sign and hitting a pedestrian in a crosswalk
- Speeding on the roads and in parking lots
- Vehicles making a right or left hand turn at an intersection and not seeing a pedestrian
If you are able to stand and speak, you may be feeling very lucky and relatively “okay” but that does not mean that you are not seriously injured. Adrenaline can delay the realization of just how hurt you really are. Do not let the defense attorneys take advantage of you. Hire an experienced law team because you deserve more.
To speak to a pedestrian accident lawyer at Moore Injury Law, call our office to schedule a free consultation.
What Types of Injuries Are Common in a Pedestrian Accident?
It is not unheard of for a pedestrian to walk away from an accident, no worse for wear. However, it is unusual. Most pedestrians who find themselves in an accident with automobiles are likely to suffer some kind of personal injury. Sometimes, these injuries can be severe.
Common types of personal injury in a pedestrian accident include:
- Broken bones, including spinal cord injuries which may result in a dramatic standard of life and shattered limbs which may need to be repaired with pins and screws.
- Cuts and lacerations which may cause permanent disfigurement and require extensive plastic surgery.
- Fatal injuries resulting in wrongful death.
- Hip and pelvis injuries, which could leave a pedestrian in need of a wheelchair.
- Internal injuries, including internal bleeding, punctured lungs, bruised internal organs, and an injured brain.
- Traumatic brain injuries which can cause memory loss, loss of balance, confusion, migraine headaches, reduced cognitive functioning, seizures, temporary or permanent disability, emotional or character changes, loss of consciousness or even landing in a coma.
If you or any family members have been victims of being struck by cars or other vehicles, you have legal options for seeking compensation to help pay for any medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering. You should not be stuck worrying about the medical payments for an accident caused by somebody else. Your pedestrian accident attorney will seek to obtain maximum compensation from the at-fault driver via the legal process.
If a loved one suffered fatal injuries in a wrongful death when they were a pedestrian crossing the street, sidewalk, or crosswalk, the law firm of Moore Injury Law would be honored to offer you a free case evaluation. Our legal team will go over your wrongful death claim and attempt to provide legal advice about how best to recover compensation from the insurance company and any at-fault party.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Pedestrian Accidents Lawyer at Moore Injury Law Today
The attorneys of Moore Injury Law would be proud to represent you in your pedestrian accident case. What happened to you was unfair and this pain you have suffered should be paid for by the responsible party under Arizona’s comparative negligence laws.
If you would like to speak with a pedestrian accident lawyer with years of experience representing injured clients just like yourself and your family, please call our Phoenix office at any time to schedule your free case review.
You deserve to receive maximum compensation for your personal injury claims. But the negligent driver and their insurance companies are not always so willing to provide adequate care. To pursue better care after your injuries, speak with an attorney at Moore Injury Law. 602-795-6605.