Can the Government be Held Liable for an Arizona Pedestrian Accident?
The Arizona Department of Transportation 2009 Crash Facts report states that 122 people were killed and 1,304 were injured in Arizona pedestrian accidents. Every time there is a car accident involving a pedestrian, it is important for investigators to determine who was at fault for the collision.
Determining liability for a Phoenix pedestrian accident can be complicated. Investigators must determine where the pedestrian was walking at the time, who had the right-of-way, and whose fault the accident was. If a determination is made that the driver was at fault, they could be held liable for the injuries and damages caused to the pedestrian.
But, who is responsible when a pedestrian accident occurs due to a dangerous roadway or intersection? What if the crosswalk was faded or not properly visible to the motorist? What if there was dim lighting, or no lighting at all, in the area and the accident occurred at night? What if the accident was the result of a dangerous roadway design? In such cases, the city or government agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can be held liable. In such cases, the pedestrian must prove that a dangerous condition existed. There must be proof that their injury was a result of that dangerous roadway condition and that the city had knowledge of the dangerous condition, but did nothing to repair it.
It is in the best interest of the injured pedestrian in such cases to contact an experienced Arizona personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and determine whether it was caused by a dangerous roadway or intersection. The personal injury attorneys at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. have successfully represented numerous pedestrians who have been seriously injured as the result of a dangerous roadway. To obtain more information about your legal rights and options, please call our law office at 602-978-6400. We always offer free consultations and comprehensive case evaluations to injured victims and their families.