Just as Phoenix has become a bustling metropolitan city — with new commercial developments, roadways, and residential communities debuting with each day — accidents involving pedestrians and motorists have been on the rise. Since 2010, the number of pedestrians killed by cars in Phoenix has more than doubled.
Tragically, many accidents commonly occur in places where people and vehicles are forced to share limited space — at crosswalks, intersections, light-rail crossings, and parking lots. Far too often, drivers are simply not paying attention to their surroundings.
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident in Phoenix, the outcome of your accident can hinge on whether or not you have an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side.
Pedestrians have the same right to recover monetary damages as drivers do in auto accidents. Unfortunately, many injured pedestrians are unaware of this, and never receive the compensation that they are entitled to. Without an attorney, they risk being stuck with expensive medical bills and, even worse, life-changing injuries.
The experienced Phoenix pedestrian accident attorneys at Negretti & Associates will vigilantly defend your rights and pursue any rightful claims for damages, medical expenses, and compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured.
What To Do If You Have Been Hit by a Motorist in Phoenix
Here are some steps to take after you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident:
- Record the names, addresses, insurance information, and license plate numbers of all the vehicles involved.
- Be sure to get the contact information of all witnesses present.
- Photograph and document the scene of the accident and your subsequent injuries.
- Seek immediate medical attention for all of your injuries.
- Do not speak with insurance companies or sign any documents regarding the accident until you have discussed your case with an experienced Phoenix pedestrian accident attorney.
How a Phoenix Pedestrian Accident Attorney Can Help Seek Compensation for Injuries
In Arizona, motorists are responsible for yielding to pedestrians and paying attention to their surroundings. If a driver fails to do either of these two things and causes injury, the injured person will likely be able to bring a claim and collect compensation.
If you have been in a pedestrian accident and can show that the driver was at fault, the at-fault driver’s insurance can cover your medical expenses related to the accident in most cases.
Arizona law requires that all motorists carry auto insurance. The minimum amount of coverage includes the following.
- $15,000 per person for bodily injury or death
- $30,000 per accident if more than two people are involved
- $10,000 for property damage or destruction
These are the minimum requirements laid out by Arizona Revised Statute 28-4009. However, if the driver is not insured, you may could either file a lawsuit or look to your own insurance carrier for compensation.
If you are a pedestrian injured by an uninsured motorist, you may be eligible for compensation through your own insurance provider and your insurance policy. You will want to contact an experienced Phoenix pedestrian accident attorney to help you navigate the process. The personal injury attorneys at Negretti & Associates are ready to assess the circumstances of your accident and convey options that are available to you.
When an Accident Occurs Outside of a Crosswalk or While Jaywalking
Like all roadway users, pedestrians have a duty to observe and obey traffic laws and control signals. This means, for example, that a pedestrian may not walk alongside highways or step from a sidewalk into traffic without assuming legal responsibility for any subsequent accidents his or her conduct causes.
Pedestrians may typically only cross at marked crosswalks when they receive the go-ahead from the control device. Arizona Revised Statute 28-793 prohibits pedestrians from “jaywalking,” or crossing the roadway where there is not a marked crosswalk or intersection. A pedestrian must yield the right-of-way to vehicles in the roadway, and wait until traffic clears to safely cross.
Should a pedestrian decide to step into traffic without allowing enough time and room for oncoming vehicles to stop, he or she will likely be held responsible for an accident that follows.
Why You Should Choose the Phoenix Pedestrian Accident Attorneys at Negretti & Associates
At Negretti & Associates, we will vigilantly defend your rights and pursue any rightful claims for damages, medical expenses, and compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured in your accident. We also understand the importance of securing compensation for future medical treatment and for the time you have to take off from work to deal with your injuries. We will work diligently to maximize your recovery and help you achieve the best possible settlement.
There is no reason for you and your family to go this alone. The experienced accident attorneys at Negretti & Associates are ready to fight for you. If you’d like to schedule a free consultation, please call us at 602-531-3911 or click here to write to us.