Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are prevalent in Arizona and throughout the country. About one pedestrian is killed every 88 minutes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Accidents that do not result in a fatality can leave a victim with serious and life-changing injuries.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a pedestrian, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Contact a qualified Phoenix pedestrian accident attorney at Stone Rose Law today and have your case evaluated in a free consultation.
After an accident, evidence will play a key role when it comes time to file an injury claim. Make sure to notify the police and write down the contact information for everyone involved, including witnesses, if you are able to. Seek medical care as soon as possible, then report the accident to the driver’s insurance company. Prior to speaking with the insurer, it is in your best interest to consult with a Phoenix personal injury attorney experienced in pedestrian accident claims. Getting legal advice on your case will ensure you do not settle for a less than a fair amount of compensation, and will prevent you from saying anything that can reduce the driver’s liability.
The driver, the pedestrian, or both parties can be liable (responsible) for an accident. In Arizona, fault is determined by the standard of negligence. All drivers have an obligation to drive safely and obey traffic laws. In cases where traffic laws cannot be applied, a driver must use common sense and act reasonably under the circumstances. Failure to do it is called negligence. The exact same standard applies to pedestrians.
Insurance adjusters, or a jury, will reach a decision on each party’s percentage of liability by hearing what happened from each party, eyewitness accounts, reviewing the applicable laws (e.g. speed limits), the police report findings, and sometimes testimony from experts.
Under Arizona’s law of comparative negligence, each party can recover damages, depending on their percentage of liability. If a driver is 100 percent at fault, a pedestrian can recover 100 percent of the compensation awarded. Whereas, if a driver is 80 percent at fault and a pedestrian is 20 percent to blame, the pedestrian can only recover 80 percent of the amount of compensation awarded. If you were injured in an accident while walking and have questions about who can be held responsible for your injuries, speak with a knowledgeable Phoenix pedestrian accident attorney at our law firm.
The most common causes of pedestrian accidents that our Phoenix pedestrian accident lawyer has seen vary by the party that is at fault:
We will investigate your accident and collect evidence of negligence to prove the driver is at fault. Our experienced Phoenix pedestrian accident attorney represents the injured throughout Arizona – and always at reduced fees. Call our local law firm at (480) 498-8998 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.