According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one in every five children from 5 to 9 years old were killed in pedestrain road traffic accidents in 2008. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among American children and young adults. In 2009, pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes accounted for 59,000 reported injuries and took the lives of 4,092 victims.
Pedestrian fatalities have dropped by 22 percent since 1998. Despite all of this, we still cannot be assured that pedestrians are any safer. There are a number of possibilities that we have to consider such as the number of people walking, how often and where they walk. This is to be certain that the decline is indeed a good one.
Did you know that three out of for pedestrian fatalities happen in urban areas? In Arizona, 155 pedestrians were killed and 1,236 were injured in 2010 according to the Arizona Department of Transport (ADOT). Out of these numbers 101 Arizona pedestrian fatalities and 1,135 injuries occurred in urban areas.
On Tuesday evening (09/07/11), a 10-year old girl was struck by a Toyota Camry while walking in a crosswalk. The girl was walking at West Point Parkway and Rimrock Street, northwest of Dysart and Greenway roads in Surprise. Police authorities revealed that the driver of the vehicle reportedly got out of the car to check on the girl but left immediately.
The girl was taken to the hospital by helicopter while the suspected driver was taken into custody by the police.
If you have been a victim of a pedestrian accident in the Arizona area and would like to seek compensation, we are available at (602) 267-1280 for a free consultation. Call now and a Phoenix pedestrian accident attorney will be willing to answer your questions regarding personal injury compensation.