There are plenty of rules and regulations designed to protect not only drivers and motorcyclists but the pedestrians who share the road with them. Sadly, an alarming number of pedestrians are either injured or killed when these rules are violated. If you or your loved one has been affected by this type of tragedy, you should rely on the expertise and guidance of an Arizona pedestrian accident lawyer to assist you.
Attorney Nathaniel B. Preston at Warnock MacKinlay Law has years of experience in dealing with pedestrian accident cases. With a 99%+ success rate for clients, we give clients the confidence to know that their case will be handled by an expert who can get them a favorable settlement. Call our offices today for a risk-free consultation with an expert attorney.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), there were more than 1,700 pedestrian crashes throughout the state in 2017 alone. The same report shows that 1,510 pedestrians were injured and over 220 lost their lives in those crashes. A September 2018 report stated that Arizona had the 5th highest number of pedestrian deaths in the country.
The last thing that any pedestrian wants to think about is getting hit by a car – especially if they need to walk as part of their commute to work or provide for their families. However, as shown by the alarming statistics referenced above, the grim reality is that this type of tragedy occurs every day.
In most cases, one bad decision creates a ripple effect that leads to the injury (or death) of a pedestrian. For instance:
- An intoxicated driver gets behind the wheel instead of calling a cab
- A driver decides to glance down to check a new text message
- A bicyclist decides to ride straight through a crosswalk without yielding
- A speeding driver is not able to come to a complete stop in a timely fashion
The same principle even applies if you were the driver who struck the pedestrian. An Arizona pedestrian accident lawyer will thoroughly examine the circumstances surrounding your case to accurately identify the at-fault party. Your attorney will consider such factors as:
- Defective crosswalk designs and locations
- Negligent observations of traffic flow
- Faulty traffic signals
- Insufficient street lighting
By investing in the knowledge and experience of an Arizona pedestrian accident lawyer, you will benefit from a professional perspective that can identify where the cause and effect originated. In addition, your attorney will recommend the best course of action for you to consider.
More than Just Bumps and Bruises Involved
Many people view it as a blessing and rare privilege to walk away from any type of accident with just “bumps and bruises.” As shown above, though, a considerable number of pedestrian accidents do not have such a happy ending.
Those who are fortunate enough to survive a pedestrian accident may still suffer which such catastrophic injuries as:
- Severe bruises (contusions) or cuts (lacerations)
- Damage to major organs
- Facial damage (including eyes, nose, and jaw) or dental injuries
- Traumatic head and/or brain injuries
- Orthopedic damage (including broken/crushed bones)
- Spinal cord damage and potential long-term damage
Even if you can walk away from a pedestrian accident, there is still long-term damage that may not surface until much later to consider. For instance, you or your loved one may suffer from internal bleeding, chronic migraines, emotional distress, and mental phobias as a result of the tragedy.
By retaining an Arizona pedestrian accident lawyer, you will receive expert advice on how to properly handle the aftermath of this tragedy.
Your attorney will work hard to identify the true at-fault party and fight hard both inside and outside of the courtroom on your behalf.
You Need a Thorough Investigation of the Pedestrian Accident
A normal reaction is to take the necessary steps to move forward with your life as soon as possible. This is the type of nightmarish experience that can discourage even the most optimistic person.
However, before you hastily draw conclusions or admit fault to move forward, you should trust in your pedestrian accident attorney to investigate your case thoroughly.
More importantly, before a case is even filed or a courtroom appearance is scheduled, your Arizona pedestrian accident attorney will investigate the actual accident from all angles.
Your lawyer will study the witness statements and testimonies that have been recorded in addition to reviewing police reports and other documentation related to your case.
“Open-Shut” Cases Do Not Exist in the Courtroom
One of the biggest misconceptions of pedestrian accidents is that they are “open-shut” cases. Any “car vs person” encounter may seem like a clear-cut win for one party – depending on the situation.
Any Arizona pedestrian accident lawyer or legal expert will tell you that there is no such thing as an “open-shut” case – which is why this type of thorough investigation is warranted.
It is understandable that you may not want to mentally or emotionally revisit the events that led up to the moment of impact. Therefore, it is crucial for you to retain an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer to bear the weight of this burden on your behalf.
There could very well be a puzzle piece that law enforcement, insurance advisors and opposing counsel missed – a piece that could unlock a courtroom victory and win you the justice that you deserve.
Schedule Your Free Consultation Right Away
Time is not on your side when it comes to handling the legal ramifications of a pedestrian accident case – regardless of on which side of the fence you fit. Besides, the most important thing that you should focus on right now is healing and working hard to get your life back on track.
The burden of trying to move forward past a pedestrian accident is often too much weight for you to carry on your own. Thinking of what to say when opposing counsel, insurance companies, or claim adjusters call you is a burden that you do not (and should not) have to deal with. Fortunately, you can invest in the helpful services of an Arizona pedestrian accident lawyer to handle those issues and concerns for you.
Call Warnock MacKinlay Law at (602)652-2009 today to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys. Rest assured that your case will be in great hands with a seasoned team of attorneys and legal staff members that has built a solid track record in this industry over the years. Making that one phone call will put you one step closer towards getting the justice you deserve and the guidance your family needs during this troublesome time. Contact us today to start the process.