Are pedestrian accidents preventable? Although pedestrian accidents certainly are not as common as two vehicle accidents in Arizona, pedestrian accidents are far from rare. These accidents can cause irreversible damage in the form of injuries to the victims.

Serious Accidents Involving Pedestrians

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has conducted research that indicates that more than 4,000 pedestrians were killed in accidents in 2010 alone. A further 70,000 individuals were injured in serious pedestrian accidents. This breaks down to an average of one pedestrian death every two hours across the country and an injury every 8 minutes.

Although pedestrian accidents might only make up 13% of all deaths from traffic related collisions, they are still significant. As many as three quarters of all pedestrian accidents happen in urban settings. They can happen in any weather condition or location, but up to 70% of them happen during the night.

What Can Pedestrians Do to Prevent Accidents?

There are several things you can do to avoid being a victim in a pedestrian accident, including avoiding walking at night, or making yourself as visible as possible. Wearing light colored or bright clothing is critical for helping drivers see you. You should also always stay in the crosswalks so that drivers are at least aware that pedestrians may be in these locations. If you are walking in the grass or off of a sidewalk, you are more likely to be hit by a car.

What if I’ve Already Been Injured?

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in Arizona already, you may have questions about whether or not you can pursue a claim as a result of another driver’s negligence. Consulting with a knowledgeable Arizona personal injury attorney is an important first step towards understanding your rights and determining what to do next.

This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you or someone you know wishes to seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney regarding Are Pedestrian Accidents Preventable?,  or other personal injury matters, call 480.461.5300. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.