Arizona streets are often a battleground between drivers of motor vehicle and pedestrians. Every time pedestrians are out on the streets, they are at risk of being injured or even killed in Arizona vehicle accidents, making them unfortunate victims. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), they are far more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash.
In 2009, about 4,000 pedestrians were killed and thousands were injured due to motor vehicle crashes nationwide. This number is equivalent to 12 percent of the total deaths due to fatal car crashes. In Arizona, 21.7 percent of 120 pedestrian deaths occurred at intersections.
On Monday afternoon, a mother and her 4-year-old daughter were struck by a car while crossing the street, according to AZFamily.com. She was pushing her daughter in a stroller along a crosswalk near 90th Street and Shea Boulevard when the signal changed to green. The two were struck by a black SUV in the intersection. They were immediately rushed to two different hospitals. Fortunately, the mother and her daughter did not suffer serious injuries. An investigation into the Arizona SUV accident is still ongoing to determine whether the driver will face charges.
This incident demonstrates that there are still risks despite the use of crosswalks. As pedestrians in Arizona, we still have to be alert to our surroundings. Tips such as proper use of roadways, attentiveness, following traffic signs and signals, and looking both ways before crossing the street should be practiced to ensure safety on the road.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a car accident in Arizona and would like to seek compensation relating to a personal injury, we are available at (602) 267-1280. Call now for a free consultation with one of our dedicated Scottsdale car accident lawyers.