Motorists are required to maintain control over their vehicles at all times. However, when an accident occurs between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian, the results can be catastrophic or even fatal. People who are not in motor vehicles are more vulnerable and more likely to suffer injury than the driver. There are numerous scenarios in which an accident between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian occurs, including:
- Failure to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks
- Backing out of parking spaces
- Speeding in residential areas where children are present
- Not yielding to pedestrians in a crosswalk while turning in an intersection
- Driving while distracted by texting, talking on the cell phone, or other engaged in activities such as eating or drinking
- Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, 1,344 pedestrians were injured and 132 were killed in automobile accidents last year. Following a pedestrian accident, it is imperative that you get to a safe place and immediately seek medical attention. If you are able, exchange contact information with the other parties involved.
Liability in Pedestrian Accident Claims
As with any car accident, liability will be determined through the laws of negligence. Unfortunately, the injured party has the burden of proving negligence on the part of the driver. Following a pedestrian-vehicle accident, it will be necessary to obtain police reports, contact witnesses, work with accident reconstructionists and other experts to uncover evidence to back up your pedestrian accident claim. Before dealing with an insurance company, contact an experienced Phoenix pedestrian accident attorney who will work to protect your rights.
Damages in Pedestrian Accident Claims
If the driver is found liable in your pedestrian-vehicle accident, compensation can typically include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Lost future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
Phoenix Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Witson Law offers free personal injury consultations to answer your questions about your pedestrian accident case and to discuss your legal options. We will take whatever time is necessary throughout your initial consultation in order to listen to you and the facts of your pedestrian-vehicle injury case at no charge to you. We take all of our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. You do not pay any out of pocket expenses and do not need to pay us unless we win your case. To schedule your free consultation with a Phoenix pedestrian accident lawyer, contact us at (602) 358-8686.