Phoenix car accidents for this year are already starting to rise as a woman and her two kids were struck by a car last Sunday night (AZ Family 01/10/2011). The mother, said to be in her mid twenties, remains in critical condition while the two children, a boy and a girl between 16 and 18 months old, are in serious condition.
The woman was reportedly hit near 26th and Roosevelt streets at around 8 p.m. while crossing with the children in a stroller. According to reports, the driver, who was a nurse, did stop and remained at the scene after the pedestrian accident. Investigations are yet to reveal the exact cause that led to the collision and whether the family was in a crosswalk when they got hit.
According to a research made by Safekids.org, approximately 630 children aged 0 to 14 die due to pedestrian accidents in U.S roadways each year. That’s almost two fatalities every day. A more recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveals over four thousand pedestrian fatalities in all age groups were recorded in 2009. There are also thousands more victims who get injured due to such accidents each year.
To keep you and your loved ones safe from pedestrian accidents, be sure to follow some simple yet often overlooked pedestrian safety precautions:
• Always use crosswalks and obey traffic signals when crossing the street.
• Look both ways before crossing even if it is a one way street, or if you believe to have the right of way.
• Use sidewalks or paths, and walk against the flow of traffic to see incoming vehicles if no sidewalk is available.
• Wear light or reflective clothing to increase your visibility to motorists.
Victims of pedestrian accidents can call (602) 267-1280 for your free consultation with one of our Phoenix accident attorneys to find out your legal rights.