Pedestrian/motor vehicle accidents are a serious problem in the United States. Pedestrian deaths and injuries in the country reach up to approximately 5,000 pedestrian fatalities and 64,000 injuries in motor vehicle accidents every year.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported a total 4,092 pedestrian fatalities in 2009, a decline of about 300 from 2008. These recent pedestrian death statistics account for 12 percent of the total traffic fatalities of 2009. Pedestrian accidents usually occur in urban areas due to higher pedestrian activities and greater volumes of traffic as compared to rural areas.
On Saturday (6/25/11), a 4-year-old girl was flown to Phoenix Children Hospital after she was struck by a car. Initially, she was said to have life-threatening injuries but improved to stable and good condition.
According to police officials, the girl was crossing the street near 89th Avenue and Deer Valley Road when an 18-year-old driver struck her. The driver was on her way to pick up a friend when she hit the victim. Police officers revealed that charges appear unlikely for the driver.
Despite the decline of traffic accidents involving pedestrians, the risk of becoming a victim of such unfortunate accident is still high. In order for us to prevent injuries and fatalities due to motor vehicle crashes, here are some tips from NHTSA:
- 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 retro-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.
For victims of pedestrian accidents in Phoenix, don’t hesitate to call our free consultation hotline at (480) 389-2463. As Arizona pedestrian accident attorneys, we are ready to assist you in getting what you deserve.