Tucson Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Pedestrians are the most exposed group on the roads around Tucson and, even when they act safely, they are almost always at the mercy of other drivers. Whether you are jogging down East Broadway Boulevard or crossing the parking lot at the Tucson Mall, you always have to be on the lookout for negligent drivers. All it takes is one stray glance at a phone for a driver to recklessly injure a pedestrian.
The Husband & Wife Law Team has spent decades standing up for injured pedestrians throughout Tucson. We understand that you just want to get your bills paid, lost wages covered, and recover comfortably, but you should not have to bear these costs alone. Drivers should always keep an eye out for pedestrians, and when they injure someone, their insurance should provide full compensation for all damages.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries due to a negligent driver, our Tucson pedestrian accident attorneys can fight to get you proper compensation for your injuries. Call us today at (520) 624-4228 to talk about your injuries in a free consultation.
Tucson has been ranked as a relatively walkable city and was even designated as a Runner Friendly Community, yet there are still dangers around every corner. Arizona has one of the highest rates of pedestrian fatalities in the country, but these deaths are preventable when drivers act responsibly.
While there is no excuse for injuring an innocent pedestrian, there are steps you can take to keep yourself safe on Tucson’s roads, including:
- Walking on the sidewalk where possible
- Using crosswalks and only crossing when it is safe to do so
- Keep in lighted areas during the early morning and evening
- When running or walking at night, wear bright clothing with reflectors
- Avoid staring at your phone while walking
- Avoid walking on busy streets
- Make eye contact with drivers before stepping into a crosswalk
You should also be aware of Arizona’s laws regarding crosswalks. According to ARS 28-793, pedestrians crossing outside of crosswalks are responsible for yielding to cars, and jaywalking is a fineable offense. However, drivers must also exercise due care to avoid colliding with pedestrians on the roadway, according to ARS 28-794. Under no circumstances is it acceptable for a driver to disregard a pedestrian’s right of way. It is also illegal for drivers to flee the scene of a pedestrian accident.
Unfortunately, even if you follow the law and act safely, a negligent driver can still forever change your life if they act recklessly.
Pedestrians are owed the same rights as anyone else on the road and deserve to go jogging or for a walk around Tucson without having to worry about negligent drivers. When a driver does injure a pedestrian, it can lead to catastrophic injuries, including lifelong disabilities like spinal cord injuries and brain damage. However serious your injuries are, you should not have to bear the costs of recovery on your own.
In order to recover compensation from the driver who injured you, you will need to show that the at-fault driver acted negligently. Negligence can cover a wide variety of actions and behavior, including:
- Distracted driving, including talking on the phone, texting, eating, and grooming
- Driving while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol
- Failing to check blind spots while backing out of parking spaces or changing lanes
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Ignoring pedestrians’ right of way at intersections and crosswalks
- Making wide turns
The costs of a pedestrian accident can be astronomical. Most people do not have the savings to handle an unexpected injury and face long roads to recovery. Your first step after a collision is to talk about your case with an experienced attorney to determine your legal options. The Husband & Wife Law Team has investigated hundreds of car accidents and can use our legal knowledge to fight to get you proper compensation for your injuries.
Following a pedestrian accident, you may be able to pursue a car accident claim against the driver who injured you, for compensation. The at-fault driver’s insurance company is responsible for covering the costs of your medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our team can work with you to calculate the costs of your accident and collect evidence to hold the driver accountable for your injuries.
Alongside a car accident claim against a negligent driver, you may also be able to recover compensation through your own insurance company. If you have an auto insurance policy that includes MedPay, you can receive no-fault compensation for your medical injuries, allowing you to get treatment immediately after an accident.
In addition, you may also be able to file a claim under your uninsured motorist (UM) or underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage in certain circumstances. UM coverage can provide compensation when the at-fault driver does not have insurance as well as when pedestrians are injured in hit-and-run accidents. UIM, however, will only apply when an at-fault driver does not have enough liability coverage to cover the full costs of the accident. In this scenario, you can file a UIM claim with your own insurance to make up the difference.
In any accident where a pedestrian has been hit by a driver, the situation needs to be examined individually and on its own facts. Just because a pedestrian was not wearing reflective gear at night or was not crossing in the crosswalk when they were hit, it does not mean that it is the pedestrian's fault. If a negligent driver did injure you or someone you love in a pedestrian accident, you deserve proper compensation for your injuries.
To protect your right to compensation, you need to work with The Husband & Wife Law Team. The at-fault driver’s insurance company is unlikely to offer you a fair deal for your injuries, and you can expect an uphill battle on your own. But our legal team has decades of experience fighting for accident victims throughout Tucson and are not afraid to stand up to big insurance companies. We can review the details of your case, collect evidence of negligence, calculate the full costs of your injuries, and advocate for your best interests. For a free consultation with a Tucson car accident attorney at The Husband & Wife Law Team, call us at (520) 624-4228 today.
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