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While most Phoenix pedestrian accidents are avoidable, sometimes drivers are unable to avoid hitting a person on the street, which was the case in an accident that occurred on Sunday, September 2, 2012, according to news reports from AZ Central. The incident took place on Sunday night around 11 p.m. when a vehicle struck a woman walking in the middle of the road. According to reports from authorities on scene, the driver was not impaired but the pedestrian may have been under the influence of an undetermined substance. Three people were arrested at the scene for starting a fight after the woman was struck by the vehicle. The driver was not arrested at the time of the accident and there was no word on whether he was injured. We are deeply sorry for the family and friends of the woman who witnessed her death and hope that they are able to cope with their loss.

Phoenix Pedestrian Collision and Statewide Crash Stats

According to local news reports, Phoenix pedestrian collisions make up a large portion of the more than 31,050 car crashes that happen in the city every year, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). Nearly 130 individuals die as a result of their involvement in car accidents in the city each year and statistical data shows that an additional 16,060 individuals are injured. Statewide, data reports indicate the occurrence of more than 1,500 pedestrian collisions annually that result in the deaths of more than 150 individuals and injuries to roughly 1,255 other people. Fewer than 170 pedestrian-involved crashes result in property damage only.

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As experienced Phoenix pedestrian collision attorneys, we were angered and saddened by the results of an accident reported by ABC 15 News on Thursday, August 2, 2012. The man was discovered lying in the street shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Thursday morning with serious head wounds and other injuries. According to reports, the man had been involved in a bar fight earlier that evening, which was broken up by police. Police saw the victim leave the bar in a taxi. The same officer discovered the man more than an hour later, the apparent victim of a hit-and-run. The man was rushed to the hospital but died from his injuries. Police have not yet determined whether the accident was related to the bar fight. We are filled with sorrow over this man’s death and hope that police are able to provide his family with resolution soon. Hit-and-run accidents are not acceptable and we hope that evidence will be discovered soon as to the name of the driver.

Phoenix Pedestrian Collisions and Statewide Statistics

Many Phoenix pedestrian collisions end with death and serious injury each year, and these accidents account for a large portion of the roughly 29,065 car crashes reported in the city each year by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). Around 1,450 pedestrian involved accidents occur throughout the state each year. According to the most recent data reports, more than 85 percent of pedestrian crashes cause injury to the pedestrians involved. Pedestrians die in nearly 11 percent of these crashes. Many pedestrian accidents involve more than one pedestrian being injured in a single collision. Some recent news reports have indicated injuries to as many as five pedestrians in a single crash.

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