When you get into a car, you assume that there is a small chance that you may get into a car accident, even if you are a safe driver. However, that is not the case when you go for a walk, or a jog around the neighborhood. Tragically, cars don’t just hit other cars. They may hit pedestrians too. Pedestrian accidents are extremely dangerous, even though they are far from the most common accident type.
The injury attorneys at Thompson Law Firm in Phoenix have significant experience in helping clients who have been in a pedestrian accident. Our offices are conveniently located in Chandler, Peoria, and North Phoenix, and we can meet in-person or over the phone or video call. You can contact us for a free consultation, or read on to find out more.
By the way, we will also help with other problems that have cost you sleep, like finding a nearby doctor who can help you. Even the best legal team isn’t good enough if your quality of life isn’t sustainable while justice and compensation are on the way. The whole point of legal action is to regain quality of life, so we help you long-term as attorneys and short-term as your go-to people.
“I worked with Ariana after I was struck by a driver while I was crossing the street in a crosswalk. I’m so thankful that she reached out to me. Since nothing like this had happened to me before, I was clueless as to what I needed to do to try to get some form of compensation. Ariana was not only informed, but she was also kind and patient while explaining every step of the process I had to take. I can’t say enough about my positive experience with this firm.” – Kasey Dorris (Read this Review on Google)
“When run over by a car in a residential neighborhood last August, I thought I was going to die. Fortunately, I didn’t. My medical bills in ICU and the first four days used up the insurance that the driver had. I was quite fortunate to have Christy Thompson and the team from Thompson Law Firm handling my case. Christy knows when to be personable and when to be tough and so do the others in her office. Better yet, they all follow through on answering questions. They knew where to look for and find extra available funds and negotiate a better settlement on the medical expenses. In turn, instead of just walking away with my life and owing twenty percent of ongoing medical bills, I also received a generous settlement. I would recommend Christy Thompson and Thompson Law Firm without hesitation for their integrity and ability to get the job done right.” – Maralyn Hill (Read this Review on Google)
A pedestrian is a person traveling outside their vehicle on foot or using other modes of transportation like roller skates, skateboards, wheelchairs, or tricycles. Whether a bicyclist is considered a pedestrian varies depending on city and where the accident took place. In the Phoenix valley, a bicyclist is generally considered a pedestrian when they are following pedestrian rules like riding their bikes on a sidewalk or crossing the street using pedestrian crosswalks. They are considered a separate category when they are driving in bicycle lanes and turning with traffic. For more information on bicycle accidents, check out our Bicycle Accidents page.
There are, generally speaking, 9 main causes of pedestrian accidents.
In 2020 in Arizona, there were 1,842 total pedestrian accidents, approximately 1.5% of all crashes across the state. 1,767 of them occurred in Maricopa County alone. Out of all pedestrian accidents, 88% of the pedestrians involved were injured, and 11% were killed.
There are a few things that you need to do if you’ve been hit by a car as a pedestrian, assuming you are conscious after the accident.
When a car hits a pedestrian, the liability usually falls on the driver of the car. However, liability also depends on who was at fault. One consideration of determining fault is whether each party was obeying the law.
If there are no traffic lights or stop signs at a crosswalk, or if the traffic lights are not working, a vehicle must yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing the road within a crosswalk when the pedestrian:
Drivers are also required to:
A pedestrian could be considered at fault if they break the laws of the city they are in.
Depending on where you are in the Valley, here’s a list of some hospitals that may be close to you.
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At the Thompson Law Firm, we have more than 10 years of experience helping clients obtain compensation for their personal injuries, including those from pedestrian accidents. When you’re ready to talk, please contact our office to arrange a free initial consultation by phone or at our Chandler office.
If you have been in a pedestrian accident, contact Thompson Law Firm in Chandler, AZ to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We provide personal injury legal services to clients in the greater Phoenix area including Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Peoria.
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