The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 4,092 pedestrian fatalities in 2009. This is equivalent to 12 percent of the total traffic accident fatalities in the United States on the same year. Although these numbers can still be considered as alarming, it can also be seen as an achievement since for the past few years, pedestrian fatalities and traffic accident fatalities in general have been declining. In 2008, pedestrian fatalities reached to 4,378 while about 69,000 were injured.
Did you know that pedestrians are 1.5 percent more likely to get killed in a car crash than other vehicle occupants? Many cases of motor vehicle/pedestrian fatalities are due to alcohol-impairment on the part of either the driver or the pedestrian. Speeding also increases the likelihood of pedestrians to be hit by a car.
In Phoenix, a car struck a 27-year-old woman and 2-year-old boy while crossing the street around 9:45 pm (6/26/11). The accident happened near Indian School Road and Interstate 17. There were many speculations from witnesses according to the Phoenix Fire Department. One of the witnesses said that he saw “the female fly through the air”. No confirmation has been made yet but. Both victims sustained serious injuries and were taken to the hospital. Meanwhile, the third victim sustained minor injuries and was treated on the scene.
There are many ways to stay safe while on the road. But, the most important thing for pedestrians is to stay attentive all the time. They should be extra careful especially at intersections. At night, wearing retro-reflective clothing will help increase visibility. Lastly, cross the street at a designated crosswalk.
If you have been a victim of a pedestrian accident and would like to seek compensation, we are available at (602) 457-6222 for a free consultation. Call now and an Arizona pedestrian injury accident lawyer will be with you shortly.