The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that Arizona’s pedestrian fatality rate was 1.82 for every 100,000 residents in 2009. This gives Arizona the 8th worst pedestrian fatality rate in the nation.
A Phoenix woman was crossing the street with a shopping cart on Friday when she was hit by a pick up truck (AZ Family 11/6/10). The truck driver fled the scene but later turned himself in. The woman died at the site, only 50 feet from her home. She was not crossing in a crosswalk at the time she was hit.
In 2009, 120 Arizona residents were killed in pedestrian accidents (NHTSA). Most at risk are older adults ages 65 and older, accounting for 18% of all pedestrian deaths, children ages 5 to 9, and impaired pedestrians (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 6/17/10). Fatal pedestrian accidents frequently occur in urban areas and non-intersection locations during the nighttime hours. The Phoenix woman who lost her life on Friday was not at an intersection when she was struck.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention advises pedestrians to be extra cautious at intersections because drivers may not yield the right of way when turning onto another street. They also recommend wearing light-colored or reflective clothing or carrying a flashlight if walking at dusk or nighttime.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, please give us a call today for your free consultation. We may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve, and you can get your questions answered. Give us a call at (602) 267-1280.