October 1, 2012

Tucson Mayor’s New Proposal Could Reduce Downtown Tucson Pedestrian Collisions

A new proposal from Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild could help to reduce the number of Tucson pedestrian collisions that happen every year, according to an article published by the Arizona Daily Star. Though the plan is not specifically aimed at reducing crashes with pedestrians, the mayor’s plan to change Congress Street into a pedestrian mall would increase foot traffic and completely eliminate vehicle traffic, except for the new streetcar system. The new plan would also provide for additional bicycle traffic, which has been a danger to cyclists with both traffic and light rail systems taking over the streets in downtown Tucson. The change could reduce the large number of news reports involving pedestrian and bicycle wrecks that happen in the downtown area annually.

Tucson Pedestrian Collisions and Statewide Crash Facts

Multiple Tucson pedestrian collisions have occurred in the downtown area and these crashes contribute heavily to the more than 1,500 accidents involving pedestrians that happen each year throughout the state, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). More than 150 pedestrians are reported as killed in accidents with motor vehicles each year. Reports also indicate that around 1,255 pedestrians sustain moderate to serious injuries in car crashes annually. Roughly 72 percent of pedestrian-involved collisions that occur each year happen in urban areas like downtown Tucson. These urban incidents account for more than 70 percent of pedestrian-accident fatalities and more than 75 percent of all pedestrian injuries.

Continue reading "Tucson Mayor’s New Proposal Could Reduce Downtown Tucson Pedestrian Collisions" »

September 19, 2012

Tempe Pedestrian Accident Critically Injures Mom and Baby

We are closely watching the aftermath of a serious Tempe pedestrian accident that injured four people including a mother and her child on September 5, according to reports from ABC 15. The crash occurred around 6 a.m. when a car traveling down Guadalupe Road and All American Way hit another car, causing it to crash into a baby in a stroller being pushed by the mother and father. The man suffered non-life threatening injuries. The mother and baby suffered severe injuries and doctors are working around the clock to save the lives of the two.

The driver of the car that was hit sustained non-life threatening injuries. Police determined that the driver who caused the collision was not impaired at the time of the accident, but investigators have not yet determined how fast he was going at the time the crash occurred. We are deeply concerned for the mother and baby and hope that they will both make a complete recovery.

Continue reading "Tempe Pedestrian Accident Critically Injures Mom and Baby" »

September 5, 2012

Phoenix Pedestrian Crash Critically Injures Man

Non-accidental Phoenix pedestrian crashes are on the rise, and we are deeply concerned for the status of a man who was purposely run over near an apartment complex on Thursday, August 16, 2012, according to reports from ABC 15 News. Eyewitness accounts indicate that the victim was screaming and running through the parking lot of the apartment complex and that a vehicle revved its engine and then chased the man down. Police reports indicated that the man was hit hard enough to fly more than 30 feet away from the location of the impact. The man was taken to the hospital in critical condition, though the driver of the vehicle may have believed the victim to be dead. We are thinking of the victim and truly hope that he is able to recover from his injuries.

Continue reading "Phoenix Pedestrian Crash Critically Injures Man" »

June 25, 2012

Teenage Pedestrian Severely Injured in Peoria Traffic Accident

As experienced Peoria traffic accident attorneys, we were dismayed at news of a pedestrian collision reported by ABC 15. According to news reports, the 16-year-old boy was crossing the street in front of Sunrise High School at the intersection of 83rd Avenue and Lake Pleasant Road just after school let out on Tuesday when he was struck by a vehicle. The young man was knocked to the ground and suffered multiple serious injuries, including a head wound. He was transported to the hospital for treatment via helicopter following the Peoria pedestrian accident. Initial reports indicate that the driver remained on the scene until emergency crews and police arrived. There has been no word on whether the driver will receive a citation. Our thoughts are with the teenager who was hit and his family and we hope that they are all doing well.

Peoria Traffic Accident Statistics

Each Peoria traffic accident contributes to the more 2,200 crashes in the city reported by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) every year. Approximately 960 people are reported hurt in car wrecks in Peoria every year, many of them pedestrians. Throughout the state, pedestrians are injured or killed in just shy of 1,500 crashes each year, according to the most recent statistical data. Pedestrians can reduce their own risk of being struck by a car by checking both ways before crossing the street, even at four-way stops and stoplights. Drivers can also help to reduce the risk of pedestrian-involved crashes by looking across both crosswalks at intersections and stop signs.

Continue reading "Teenage Pedestrian Severely Injured in Peoria Traffic Accident" »

May 30, 2012

Kingman Driver Strikes 2-Year-Old Girl in Pedestrian Accident

As Kingman auto accident attorneys with years of experience handling pedestrian injury cases, we were upset by news of a crash involving a two-year-old girl on May 20, according to The Kingman Daily Miner. The crash happened around 7 p.m. when a car driving on 1800 block of Davis Avenue struck a two-year-old child in the street. Reports indicate that the little girl ran out into the road and the driver tried to stop but was unable to avoid hitting the little girl. The car was not going very fast through the neighborhood, which may have helped to limit the seriousness of the injuries sustained in the collision.

When police arrived on the scene, the parents of the little girl had already taken her to a hospital for treatment. Reports indicate that the girl suffered moderate injuries including severe road burns and at least one broken tooth. According to reports, police did not issue the driver a citation.

Continue reading "Kingman Driver Strikes 2-Year-Old Girl in Pedestrian Accident" »

May 4, 2012

Child Severely Injured in Laveen Pedestrian Accident

As experienced Laveen car wreck attorneys, we are deeply distraught at news reports on Fox 10 News of an accident involving a child on Friday, April 27th, 2012. The accident happened on Friday morning when a car travelling down 55th Avenue hit a child crossing the street at Baseline Road. The child was rushed to a nearby hospital to be treated for injuries sustained in the crash. Initial reports did not indicate the status of the child at the incident or after arrival at the hospital. However, reports have indicated that the vehicle that struck the child suffered serious damage to its windshield. Part of the road near the intersection was closed for several hours while police cleared the scene and investigated the crash. Our hearts are with the family of the child who was struck and we are wishing him a swift recovery. This is truly a tragic accident.

Laveen Car Wreck Statistics

A Laveen car wreck is an uncommon occurrence and most accidents in the Phoenix metro happen in Phoenix. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) reports that more than 29,000 car crashes occur in Phoenix each year. Car accidents that happen in smaller cities like Laveen are reported in the Maricopa County numbers, which amount to just over 5,200 each year. However, these crashes rival those that occur in Phoenix. Reports indicate that nearly 32 percent of collisions that occur in cities like Laveen result in injuries, a number almost identical to crashes reported in Phoenix, though the larger city experiences a substantially lower rate of injury accidents.

Continue reading "Child Severely Injured in Laveen Pedestrian Accident" »

April 20, 2012

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.

Continue reading "Arizona Pedestrian Accidents and the Law" »

March 26, 2012

Pedestrian Dies in Tucson Car Accident

As Tucson car accident attorneys, we are deeply saddened by the number of pedestrian collisions that end in tragedy, including the crash that resulted in the death of a pedestrian on March 7, according to Tucson News Now. The collision occurred on East Broadway Boulevard when a man exited the back of a bus and stepped out on the right turn lane of the street where he was struck by a van. The man was transported from the scene of the crash to the hospital to be treated for his injuries where he later died. The crash caused all northbound lanes in the area to be closed for over two hours during the investigation and accident cleanup. Our hearts go out to the family of the victim in this fatal pedestrian accident.

Tucson Car Accident Stats

Each year, Tucson car accidents result in the injury or death of more than 3,600 people, occurring to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT).

Throughout the state of Arizona, reports indicate that nearly 11 percent of all collisions which involve a pedestrian result in the death of the person hit by the motor vehicle. But this does not indicate that Arizona pedestrian collisions are not serious. In fact, nearly 82 percent of all collisions involving a pedestrian result in severe injuries, leaving only seven percent of pedestrian crashes that cause no reported injuries.

Continue reading "Pedestrian Dies in Tucson Car Accident" »

March 23, 2012

Tempe Car Accident: Pedestrian Injured at School Car Wash

As Tempe car accident attorneys, we know how serious car crashes involving pedestrians can be, and we were deeply concerned for the welfare of the pedestrian hit in a collision on Saturday, March 3, 2012, according to ABC 15. The Arizona pedestrian collision occurred when a pickup truck hit a student crossing the street near McClintock High School. The student, who was crossing against the light, fell onto the sidewalk and sustained serious injuries from the impact. The students were on their way to a carwash at the high school to raise money for the dance team. It has been reported that the pedestrian should make a full recovery. Police have reported that the driver did not seem to be impaired in any way. Our thoughts are with the families of those involved in this crash and we wish everyone a speedy emotional and physical recovery.

Tips to Avoid a Tempe Car Accident with a Pedestrian

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) reports that this Tempe car accident is one of nearly 1,250 pedestrian incidents that cause injuries in Arizona each year. Nearly 160 pedestrian collisions result in death. There are some things that you can do to avoid finding yourself in a similar situation. As a driver, be aware of your surroundings and of all pedestrians. This is especially important in areas near parks and schools where children are likely to be playing.

Continue reading "Tempe Car Accident: Pedestrian Injured at School Car Wash" »

March 22, 2012

Scottsdale Car Accident: Pedestrian Struck by Pickup Dies

As experienced Scottsdale pedestrian accident attorneys, we were deeply saddened to hear of a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on Saturday, March 10, 2012, according to AZ Family. The collision occurred when a woman crossing the street at Osborn Road and Scottsdale Road was struck by a pickup truck making a left hand turn at the light. The driver was not hurt in the crash, and police determined that he was not impaired at the time of the accident. The pedestrian died at the scene.

What Causes Scottsdale Car Accidents with Pedestrians?

Scottsdale car accidents with pedestrians, like most pedestrian crashes in Arizona, usually end in either death or serious injury. In 2010, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) reported 1,449 pedestrian crashes. Of these crashes, 156 were fatal and 1,178 others were reported to have caused serious injuries. This means that more than 93 percent of all car crashes involving pedestrians result in either serious injury or death. Reducing your risk of being involved in a pedestrian crash is up to you; always yield to pedestrians when making a left or right turn, and watch out for pedestrians illegally entering the crossways as well.

Continue reading "Scottsdale Car Accident: Pedestrian Struck by Pickup Dies" »

December 16, 2011

Phoenix Pedestrian Accident Results in Toddler’s Death

As Phoenix pedestrian accident attorneys, we were very sad to hear about the death of a toddler after she wandered into the path of her stepfather’s car without him knowing on December 13, 2011, according to Fox 10. The mother and stepfather had dropped the girl off with a relative and were leaving when she wandered back in front of the car. The stepfather apparently didn’t see her when he was driving away. After the car hit her, they picked her up and drove her immediately to the hospital where she died. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

Avoid Phoenix Pedestrian Accidents: Tips for Drivers

It is important for drivers to be aware of their surroundings at all times. Driving when little kids are around can be very dangerous. Here are some tips that may help you avoid an Arizona pedestrian accident:

Continue reading "Phoenix Pedestrian Accident Results in Toddler’s Death" »

December 14, 2011

Student Sustains Non Life-Threatening Injuries in Mesa Pedestrian Accident

In recent news, AZFamily reports a bus accident in Mesa which involved a high school student who was hit by a school bus while crossing the street. It was reported that the bus driver was attempting a left hand turn and did not see the student who was in the crosswalk. After the 18-year-old was hit by the bus, she became trapped in between the wheel well and the tires of the bus. It was a good thing that the bus driver had the sense to immediately stop the bus after he felt that he had hit something; and therefore, the girl was not run over. She was airlifted to a hospital and is being treated for non life-threatening injuries.

Mesa Pedestrian Accident Statistics

In 2009 in Mesa, there were 20 fatal car accidents. Of these fatal accidents, there were 52 people involved, 5 of which were pedestrians. Out of the total number of people involved, there were 22 fatalities from these fatal car accidents.

Continue reading "Student Sustains Non Life-Threatening Injuries in Mesa Pedestrian Accident" »

December 8, 2011

Tucson Pedestrian Accident Leaves One Woman Dead

As Tucson pedestrian accident attorneys, we were sorry to hear about the death of a 36-year-old woman on December 6, 2011, according to a news report on Fox 10. The woman was crossing in the crosswalk at the intersection of East Broadway and South Rosemont Boulevard when she was struck by a motorist at 8:15 a.m. She was transported to a trauma center where she died of her injuries 35 minutes later. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family during this difficult time.

Causes of this Tucson Pedestrian Accident

Police say neither alcohol nor excessive speed seemed to play a role in this Tucson pedestrian accident. However, as Tucson pedestrian accident lawyers, we see many pedestrian accidents caused by distracted drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. They either don’t see the pedestrians or aren’t aware of their surroundings in time to stop.

Continue reading "Tucson Pedestrian Accident Leaves One Woman Dead" »

November 30, 2011

Glendale Pedestrian Accidents Could Decrease Thanks To City

As Glendale pedestrian accident attorneys, we are grateful that Glendale is taking steps to decrease pedestrian accidents, including installing a new pedestrian/bike bridge, as well as working on several other bike and pedestrian projects to enhance routes and trails, according to a news report from AZ Central. The city has been granted the Maricopa Association of Governments Livable Communities Award because of its work. The bridge that the city installed is located at Loop 101, and it opened in May 2011. It provides areas for pedestrians to walk and jog away from busy roadways.

Glendale Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to City-Data.com, there were two fatal pedestrian accidents in 2009. There were also 13 fatal car accidents, and six accidents were caused by drunk drivers.

Continue reading "Glendale Pedestrian Accidents Could Decrease Thanks To City" »

November 29, 2011

Avoid Surprise Pedestrian Accidents: Meeting Addresses Crosswalk Concerns

pedestrians-557261.jpgAs Surprise pedestrian accident attorneys, we were happy to learn that the city of Surprise will hold a meeting on November 29 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Dysart Education Center to address some concerns regarding the city’s sidewalks and crosswalks, according to a news report from AZ Central.

Pedestrian Safety Meeting Information

The Dysart Education Center is located at 15802 N. Parkview Place. Residents and city officials will gather to discuss ways to make the city more accessible to pedestrians and bicyclists, including building more sidewalks and crosswalks. Residents are encouraged to come and participate in the meeting, including expressing their concerns and input.

Continue reading "Avoid Surprise Pedestrian Accidents: Meeting Addresses Crosswalk Concerns" »

November 15, 2011

Glendale Pedestrian Accident Proves Fatal

As Glendale pedestrian accident injury lawyers, we were deeply saddened to hear that a pedestrian was hit and killed in a recent car accident. Just recently, ABC15 reported that a man is in serious condition after being hit by a vehicle on Bell Road. Police say that a woman was driving eastbound when the man stepped into traffic when he was struck. The woman stopped the vehicle immediately and stayed on the scene. It was reported that the man was not in a crosswalk when the accident happened. According to police, impairment and speed were not factors in the crash.

Glendale Pedestrian Car Accident Statistics

In 2009, there were a total of 13 fatal accidents in Glendale. There were 28 people involved in the accidents; 13 were fatalities, and 2 pedestrians were involved in the fatal accidents.

Continue reading "Glendale Pedestrian Accident Proves Fatal" »

November 1, 2011

Tempe Opens New Pedestrian Bridge

As Tempe auto accident attorneys, we are always looking at the construction of our state and how it affects roadways. ABC15 has reported that the Tempe Town Lake Bridge has opened. The bridge spans 1000 feet and will take people from the North to the South shore of the lake. The bridge’s purpose is dual, it will cater to pedestrians as well as protect the rubber dam beneath it from the harsh sun.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics for Arizona

In Arizona, the number of fatalities involving pedestrians rose 27.05% from 2009 to 2010, with the specific statistics being 122 to 155 deaths while the number of injuries decreased from 1,309 to 1,236. It was stated that there were 2.09 people who were killed due to motor vehicle accidents every day in 2010. The number of injured people in a day was 137.19.

Continue reading "Tempe Opens New Pedestrian Bridge" »

October 31, 2011

How Trick-or-Treaters Can Avoid Pedestrian Accidents on Halloween

The Phoenix pedestrian accident attorneys at Breyer Law Offices, P.C., wish you and your families a fun, safe Halloween. Every year, pedestrians fill the streets of Phoenix to show off their costumes, spend time with friends, and most importantly: trick-or-treat! In fact, at least 2,000 people walked the streets Saturday night for Halloween-related festivities, according to ABC 15, and thousands more will be out on Halloween night.

Arizona Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to a study put out by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), there were 124 pedestrians killed and 1,423 injured in 2008. The majority of those killed and injured were teenagers and young adults, and most pedestrian accidents happened in urban areas like Phoenix. Interestingly, the majority of pedestrian accidents took place in clear daylight, but accidents also frequently happened at night on poorly lit streets. This should be a warning to parents who may think that allowing their children to trick-or-treat in daylight is safer.

Continue reading "How Trick-or-Treaters Can Avoid Pedestrian Accidents on Halloween" »

September 12, 2011

Tucson Grandma Dead, Child Hurt in Pedestrian Car Accident

A Tucson fatal pedestrian accident took place on September 8, 2011. The car accident occurred in Tucson at the intersection of 12th Avenue and Nebraska. This is a very sad and tragic accident.

The individual who was struck was Maria Castillo. She was walking with her granddaughter. It has been reported that Maria was 75 years old. After the car crash, Maria was transported by ambulance to the hospital. Maria died at the hospital the night of the accident. At the time of the accident, it was evening and it is possible that the other driver did not see her because it was dark out. The granddaughter suffered a broken arm in the auto accident.

Continue reading "Tucson Grandma Dead, Child Hurt in Pedestrian Car Accident" »

September 9, 2011

10-Year-Old Girl Victim of Hit and Run in Surprise

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one in every five children from 5 to 9 years old were killed in pedestrain road traffic accidents in 2008. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among American children and young adults. In 2009, pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes accounted for 59,000 reported injuries and took the lives of 4,092 victims.

Pedestrian fatalities have dropped by 22 percent since 1998. Despite all of this, we still cannot be assured that pedestrians are any safer. There are a number of possibilities that we have to consider such as the number of people walking, how often and where they walk. This is to be certain that the decline is indeed a good one.

Continue reading "10-Year-Old Girl Victim of Hit and Run in Surprise" »