16-Year Old in Critical Condition after Phoenix Pedestrian Accident

All over the world, motor vehicle accidents are a serious concern. Every year many people die due to car crashes in the United States. Hence, fatal car crashes are the leading cause of deaths especially to those ages 5-34-years-old. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that more than 2.3 million adult victims were taken to emergency departments due to injuries they acquired from such.

In most instances, when a pedestrian is involved in a car crash, there is a high possibility of sustaining serious injuries or sometimes, even death. Pedestrian-motor vehicle accidents in the country have been one of the major concerns of the government.

In 2009, pedestrian fatalities reached to 4,092. Although, the number seemed to be considered high, it is still good news that it has declined from 4,378 fatalities in 2008. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) concluded that in 2008 on the average, one pedestrian dies every 120 minutes and injured in a crash every 8 minutes.

Around 7 a.m. on Tuesday (8/2/11), a 16-year-old teen was in an extremely critical condition after he was hit by a car at Thunderbird Road and 23rd Avenue. According to the authorities, although the victim was in the crosswalk, he was walking against the signal causing him to be struck by the car.

Meanwhile, the driver did not appear to be impaired in any manner according to the authorities.

We know that despite of the decreasing number of fatal car accidents in the country for the past several years now, there are still threats that we should be careful of. Here are some pointers from CDC to help pedestrians like us prevent injuries and deaths due to motor vehicle accidents:

  • 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.
  • If you have been a victim of a motor vehicle/pedestrian accident and would like to seek compensation, we are available at (602) 457-6222 for a free consultation. Call now and a pedestrian injury accident lawyer in Phoenix will be with you shortly.

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