Did you know that 4,092 pedestrians were killed in 2009 and 120 in Arizona alone? Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHSTA-FARS shows that in 2009, Arizona was ranked 8th in the nation when it comes to state pedestrian fatality rates.
A 60-year old woman was killed after being hit by an SUV on Monday afternoon, 11/23 (AZ Family 11/23/10). She was on her way home after cashing a winning lotto ticket for her husband. She was walking across the road in a crosswalk when she was hit by a Toyota 4Runner along 35th and Glendale Avenues. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident.
In terms of traffic fatalities in 2008, older people account for 15 percent of traffic fatalities and 18 percent of all pedestrian fatalities.
Both drivers and pedestrians can avoid this kind of tragic incident. Drivers can encounter pedestrians at any place and time. In bad weather or at night, drivers must be always on the lookout for pedestrians, as they can be very hard to see. Always drive slowly when you are in a crosswalk area and prepare for a stop. Lastly, be particularly careful when you are close to schools and communities.
For pedestrians, it is always safer to use the provided sidewalks. If there is no sidewalk, always try to walk facing traffic as far to the right as possible. Alcohol and drugs can also affect the ability to walk safely so, it is advised to only take a minimal amount. Wearing light or reflective clothing, especially at night, can help pedestrians be more visible to others on the roads as well.
If you or a loved one is seriously injured or died because of a pedestrian accident, please do not hesitate to call us at Breyer Law Offices to get your questions answered. We may be able to help you get the payment you deserve for the damages you or your family member has acquired. Consultations are free and non-obligatory. You can reach us at (602) 267-1280.