Northern Arizona is a hub for outdoor enthusiasts, and walking, jogging, running, and biking are a way of life for many area residents. Though these activities can be a great way to stay fit, save money, reduce your environmental impact, and get from points A to B, they aren't without risk.
Our well-traveled roads are some of the most hazardous in the nation. Not only are traffic accidents, injuries, and deaths involving pedestrians on the rise throughout the Grand Canyon State, but we're consistently ranked among the most dangerous states for pedestrians, with thousands of injuries—and hundreds of deaths—reported each year.
Hurt in a pedestrian accident? You could find yourself grappling with severe injuries, the financial consequences of unexpected time away from work, and overwhelming accident-related medical expenses. You need skilled legal representation. At Griffen & Stevens Law Firm, PLLC, our top-notch personal injury lawyers can help you protect your rights and recover fair compensation for your injuries and losses.
Types of Pedestrian Accidents
Think there's just one kind of pedestrian accident? Think again. These potentially deadly incidents can happen in a number of ways. Some of the most common types of pedestrian accidents involve vehicles that:
- Back into pedestrians while backing out of a driveway or parking spot
- Sideswipe pedestrians who are walking, running, or standing on the side of the road
- Strike crossing pedestrians while making a left turn at an intersection
- Hit children or other pedestrians crossing to or from a bus
- Strike pedestrians who are crossing the street at places other than marked intersections
Manage to escape a direct collision, but were hurt anyway? We also represent pedestrians injured while taking evasive action.
Common Causes and Contributing Factors
Not surprisingly, many of the common causes of pedestrian accidents are things that also lead to other types of motor vehicle crashes, such as:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Drugged driving
- Drowsy driving
- Reckless driving
Contributing factors can include lighting, time of day, weather, and visibility.
Pedestrian Accidents Can Lead to Significant Injuries and Sizable Recoveries
While vehicle occupants are protected by a hard exterior and various safety features in the event of an accident, there's nothing standing between pedestrians and the road. As a result, the injuries pedestrians sustain can be catastrophic.
If you were hurt or lost a loved one in an Arizona pedestrian accident, we don't need to tell you just how devastating the injuries can be—but we do need to make you aware of how significant injuries and losses can affect your personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit. Serious physical injuries and monetary damages increase your chances for a sizable recovery, and all but ensures that the other party's insurance company or defense team will do whatever they can to avoid compensating you fully.
You need an attorney you can trust to serve as your advocate, build a strong case for damages, and fight back against the other party's efforts to reduce their financial obligation to you.
How an Attorney Helps Your Case
There's a lot on the line after a pedestrian accident. Don't get stuck paying for someone else's mistake. Let our attorneys:
- Investigate your case
- Help you pursue compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, physical pain and suffering, psychological trauma, scarring or disfigurement, and other damages
- Gather and preserve evidence needed to determine fault and negligence
- Work with your doctors and other providers to document your injuries and losses
- Handle communications between you and the at-fault party's insurance company or defense attorneys
- Help you deal with medical liens, balance billing, subrogation claims by insurance companies, and other issues
- Negotiate and assess settlement offers
- Litigate your case in court
- And much, much more
Schedule a Consultation with a Personal Injury Attorney
When you're hurt in an Arizona pedestrian accident, seek immediate medical attention, report the incident to authorities, and then contact Griffen & Stevens Law Firm, PLLC, to request a free, no-obligation initial consultation. We'll take it from there and guide you each and every step of the way.