Arizona Pedestrian Accidents and the Law
There’s an unspoken saying that since a car is bigger than a person and will always win in a battle, pedestrians should always give vehicles the right-of-way. While this may be true in the metaphorical and literal sense, when it comes to Arizona pedestrian accidents and the law, this is not always the case.
According to ARS 28-646, “walk” signals provide pedestrians heading in the indicated directions the right-of-way on the road. Motorists must always give those pedestrians the right-of-way. In addition, those pedestrians already in the walkway when the “don’t walk” signal appears continue to have the right-of-way until they reach a sidewalk or island. Pedestrians are required to cross the roadway as quickly as possible once traffic has yielded to them.
Arizona Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Of the nearly 103,500 car crashes that are reported by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) each year, more than 1,500 are classified as Arizona pedestrian accidents. Although these collisions represent less than 1.5 percent of the total number of accidents in the state, nearly 155 pedestrians die as a result of injuries sustained in these crashes. Nearly 80 percent of pedestrian collisions result in injuries, and more than 1,250 individuals are affected. Approximately 11 percent of pedestrian collisions result only in property damage, mostly to the vehicles of the drivers involved.
Who to Call After an Arizona Pedestrian Accident
If you are hit by a motorist while you are crossing the road, you should reach out to a skilled Arizona pedestrian accident attorney. Attorneys Alexis Breyer and Mark Breyer would help you hold the at-fault motorist responsible for the injuries they inflicted on you and would work out the details of a settlement in your favor. We do what it takes to help our clients get a settlement that will cover the costs of medical treatment, along with the costs of unpaid days off work and emotional and mental trauma that come in the aftermath of an accident. For assistance with your case and help putting your life back together contact the Husband and Wife Law Team.