The National Highway Safety Traffic Admission has announced that 4,092 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 59,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the U.S. in 2009. From this figure, it was deduced that a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every nine minutes in traffic crashes.
Last week in Scottsdale, a driver hit and killed two pedestrians who were from Alaska (ABC15 05/20/2011). On May 8, a couple from Alaska was walking on the sidewalk when an SUV drove into the sidewalk, hitting the two, and then a power pole. The driver of the SUV that hit the pedestrians was a 23-year-old male who have stated that he fell asleep while driving at the time of the pedestrian accident in Scottsdale. Both pedestrians were pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, while the driver suffered only minor injuries.
The safest place for a pedestrian in Scottsdale is the sidewalk. However, it seems that from this account, pedestrians should maintain caution even when on the sidewalk. That’s why; it is always wise to be seen by drivers while walking. At night, it is advised that a flashlight be carried while walking. Putting reflective material on to the clothes could also help, as well as wearing bright-colored clothes. As for drivers, it is advised that one should not drink and drive as well as text and drive and in this case, it is important to get proper rest before driving.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in an Arizona pedestrian accident because of negligence, then you may call our Scottsdale fatal pedestrian accident attorneys at (602) 267-1280 for a free consultation. Know your legal rights and options.