Pedestrian accidents are considered to be a serious problem not only in the United States but also worldwide. In most instances, when a pedestrian becomes a victim of a car collision, the outcome can either be serious injuries or worse, death.
In the United States, fatal car crashes involving pedestrians are quite common. In fact, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed than passenger vehicle occupants in a car crash on each trip. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that in 2008, 4,378 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes, and another 69,000 pedestrians were injured in the country. This means that one pedestrian gets killed every 2 hours, and a pedestrian injury occurs every 8 minutes.
An Arizona woman suffered non-life threatening pedestrian injuries in Phoenix after she was hit by a semi-truck on Thursday morning (05/27/11). According to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers, witnesses saw the woman pulled over on the southbound lanes of Interstate 17 near Carefree Highway. She then darted into the approaching traffic. The woman was taken to the hospital suffering from broken bones.
Exercising caution is the most important before entering the road. Here are some tips to stay safe while on the road:
- Pedestrians should be especially careful at intersections, where drivers may fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians while turning onto another street.
- Pedestrians should increase their visibility at night by carrying a flashlight when walking and by wearing reflective clothing.
- Whenever possible, pedestrians should cross the street at a designated crosswalk. It is much safer to walk on a sidewalk, but if pedestrians must walk in the street, they should walk facing traffic.
As pedestrian accident attorneys in Phoenix, we can assist you in seeking for a rightful compensation. If you or someone you know is a victim of a car accident in Arizona, dial (602) 267-1280 for your free consultation.