We want to take moment to highlight something that many people do not spend much time thinking about. Phoenix is not a very safe place for pedestrians. A store from earlier this year shows us that, among US cities with populations of at least 200,000, Phoenix has the tenth highest pedestrian death rate in car crashes.
What is going on in our city?
Do you know what to do if you or someone you love is injured in a pedestrian accident?
At Lorona Mead, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to help you through what we know is a tough time. We will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve when you need a Phoenix pedestrian accident attorney.
A quick glance at the numbers shows us a serious problem. For the latest reporting year in Arizona there were:
- 1,702 pedestrian crashes
- 226 pedestrians killed
- 1,510 pedestrians injured
Nearly every pedestrian crash resulted in a fatality or injury.
Why are pedestrian accidents so dangerous?
The answer is an obvious one – the human body offers little protection against the force of a vehicle slamming into it. Common injuries include:
- Spinal cord trauma (often partial or total paralysis)
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Major internal organ damage and bleeding
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Amputations or crush injuries
Pedestrian accident injuries require immediate and extensive medical care. Unfortunately, many of them result in a person sustaining a long-term disability that keeps them from enjoying life or returning to work. This can lead to high “hidden costs” associated with accidents: home and vehicle accommodations, loss of income, etc.).
The question of who is responsible for paying these costs comes down to who caused the accident. Often, we find that pedestrian accidents are the fault of negligent drivers.
We see many drivers who ignore or do not pay attention to pedestrian right-of-ways and speed through areas where people think they are safe.
We always worry about drunk drivers impacting pedestrians at high rates of speed. All too often, an impaired driver does not even know they hit someone until they’ve left the scene. Distracted drivers are just as dangers because many of them are busy sending text messages or watching a video and not paying attention to the roadway around them.
What You Can Do
There are many things that can happen in and around our roadways that can cause you harm. If you are injured in a pedestrian crash that was caused by someone else, Lorona Mead wants to help. We will work to secure the following:
- Coverage for your medical expenses related to the accident
- Lost income if your injuries prevent you from working
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages
Let us handle the insurance companies and other parties involved so you can focus on healing and being with your family. When you need a Phoenix pedestrian accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 602-385-6825.