Posted On: April 20, 2012 by Breyer Law Offices

Arizona Pedestrian Accidents and the Law

AZ Pedestrian LawsThe recent rise in the number of Arizona pedestrian accidents is alarming and as Chandler pedestrian accident attorneys with more than 30 years combined experience, the legal team at Breyer Law, P.C. is deeply concerned for the safety of both pedestrians and drivers. There are multiple Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) aimed at the protection of pedestrians walking on sidewalks, crossing at crosswalks, and sharing road space with motorists.

ARS 28-645 prescribes rules for vehicles to yield the right of way to pedestrians when they make a right turn or left turn at a stop light or other intersection, four-way stop, or any other situation. ARS 28-793, on the other hand, outlines laws pertaining to pedestrians and the situations in which they must yield to cars; for instance, in cases where no crosswalk is present, pedestrians are required by law to yield to cars. In addition to the listed statutes, multiple other statutes exist for the sole purpose of protecting both drivers and pedestrians from unnecessary collisions.

Arizona Pedestrian Accident Statistics

An Arizona pedestrian accident occurred nearly four times each day on average in 2010, according to data compiled by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). Of these incidents, 155 pedestrians that were struck by a car were killed and another 1,236 were injured. This means that only 115 pedestrian crashes in 2010 left the involved pedestrian unharmed. So far in 2012, nearly every reported pedestrian collision has resulted in some form of injury or in death, suggesting that the severity of these types of crashes is on the rise.

Should You Call an Attorney for Your Arizona Pedestrian Accident?

An Arizona pedestrian accident that does not result in death has an 85 percent chance of sustaining injuries. These injuries may be simple scrapes and bruises or may involve more serious and potentially fatal or paralyzing head wounds, back injuries, and internal injuries. Individuals who have been struck by a car may be able to benefit from the assistance and advice of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney. The Husband and Wife Law Team does everything possible to ensure that victims of pedestrian collisions receive adequate compensation to sustain them through the entire recovery process, including coverage for any related losses. If you were struck by a car and you need help deciding if you have a case, call Breyer Law, P.C. today for a free consultation.