In 2009, Arizona was ranked 8th for the worst pedestrian fatality rate per 100,000 population among other states (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). The 120 pedestrians who died in Arizona fatal car accidents that year show that risks to pedestrians are very serious and concerning. The elevated level of pedestrian vulnerability in traffic accidents can also be seen by the 12 percent of all traffic fatalities last year that were identified as pedestrians, and the 3 percent of all injured in car crashes were pedestrians.
The number of pedestrian injuries continue to rise in this new year after an accident in Old Town Scottsdale ( AZ Family 01/11/2011). According to reports, a vehicle struck four pedestrians in the Old Town section of south Scottsdale around 4:30 p.m. The four adult pedestrians were in the crosswalk when they were struck by the vehicle. The injured victims were taken to the nearest hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Police reported that the driver of the car was an adult woman. She was turning from Main Street to Scottsdale Road when the accident happened. The authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident.
This incident only shows that even in crosswalks, pedestrians are still at risk to be victims in traffic accidents. Intersections are actually the location of most fatal accidents, so these victims are lucky in that they are expected to all fully recover. Please be wary whenever you are sharing the road, whether it be with a car, motorcycle, truck, or pedestrians.
As Phoenix accident attorneys, we understand how important it is for negligent drivers to take responsibility of the harm they have caused. For victims of fatal car accidents in Arizona, you can reach us at (602) 267-1280 for your free consultation.