Even though statistics say that the number of pedestrian deaths has decreased since 1975, the fact still remains that pedestrian deaths and injuries continue today. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), pedestrian deaths in 2009 went down 46% from 1975.
ABC15 reports that a man has died in Glendale when a car struck him while he was walking on a sidewalk. A passenger car with two adults travelling north on 59th avenue suddenly veered into the southbound lane and onto the sidewalk, hitting the pedestrian. All three people were taken to the hospital in serious condition. However, the pedestrian later died. Authorities still have no word on what caused the accident.
The IIHS has stated that pedestrians are often killed on crosswalks, sidewalks, median strips and traffic islands. When walking on the streets in Arizona, you may want to keep the following tips in mind:
- Always cross the street on designated crosswalks.
- When out for a walk at night time, increase your visibility by carrying a flashlight and if possible, do wear retro-reflective clothing.
- Be careful in intersections, since there may be drivers who may fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians while they turn the street.
- Always walk at the sidewalk since it is much safer there, but if you must walk on the street, walk while facing the traffic.
For the motor vehicle operator, be attentive to driving and avoid distractions such as texting and calling while driving.
If you or a loved one has been struck by a car while walking on the sidewalk, you may call us for a free consultation at (480) 389-2463. We are Arizona pedestrian injury lawyers and we may be able to help.