As Phoenix pedestrian accident attorneys, we were very sad to hear about the death of a toddler after she wandered into the path of her stepfather’s car without him knowing on December 13, 2011, according to Fox 10. The mother and stepfather had dropped the girl off with a relative and were leaving when she wandered back in front of the car. The stepfather apparently didn’t see her when he was driving away. After the car hit her, they picked her up and drove her immediately to the hospital where she died. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
Avoid Phoenix Pedestrian Accidents: Tips for Drivers
It is important for drivers to be aware of their surroundings at all times. Driving when little kids are around can be very dangerous. Here are some tips that may help you avoid an Arizona pedestrian accident:
- Walk all the way around your car once before you get in. Look for small children, pets, or anything else you don’t want to hit when you back up or pull forward.
- Once you enter your car, leave before anyone else can wander into your path. If you sit in your car for several minutes before you leave, you won’t know if the path is clear anymore.
- Install mirrors or a camera that shows you what is behind your car at all times, or install a warning beeper that tells you when you are about to hit something.
- Ask passengers to help you instead of talk to you and distract you while you are backing up. A passenger can also get out of the car and direct you as you back up.
Phoenix Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Thirty-six people were killed in Phoenix pedestrian accidents in 2009 and 525 were injured, according to AZ Central. There were two children age 0-4 years who were killed in Arizona pedestrian accidents in 2010, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT).
Contact a Phoenix Pedestrian Accident Attorney
An experienced Phoenix pedestrian accident attorney works to obtain a settlement from the at-fault driver that helps pay your medical bills, lost wages and more. The Husband and Wife Law Team at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. knows how important it is to begin investigating the case right away. Contact us today for a free consultation at (602) 267-1280.