Arizona’s 7th Congressional District, in Phoenix and Glendale is the Most Dangerous District to be a Pedestrian
According to data released by the Arizona Department of Transportation, Arizona’s 7th district had the most pedestrian deaths from 2008 to 2017 than any other district in the country. Pedestrian deaths equated to almost 25% of the fatal crashes on roads in Arizona in 2018. Arizona’s 7th Congressional District includes central and west Phoenix and Glendale. A pedestrian injury lawyer Glendale, AZ trusts can investigate liability, damages claims, and applicable insurance coverage.
344 pedestrians were killed in that district alone from 2008 to 2017, according to the data presented by ADOT. Arizona’s 1st, 3rd, and 9th Congressional Districts were also included in the top 20 districts with the most pedestrian deaths across the country.
Arizona consistently ranks among the top states in the country with the highest rates of pedestrian deaths, and Phoenix has the state’s highest rate of pedestrian deaths among Arizona cities over 10,000 people.
The Phoenix City Council discussed developing a plan to reduce pedestrian deaths in 2019, but ended up voting against the plan. The plan, “Vision Zero,” a project adopted by 40 cities across the United States, including Tempe, is intended to reevaluate and reform pedestrian safety, and would have involved slowing traffic through changes in road designs, adding additional pedestrian crossings to city streets, and improving road signage.
However, the plan was voted against, as some council members expressed concern that moving toward Vision Zero would force the city to adopt strict regulations that would lower the speed of traffic, causing an increase in vehicle traffic congestion. A pedestrian injury lawyer in Glendale, AZ can obtain witness statements and consult with an accident reconstructionist.
In an analysis of state crash data by the Arizona Republic found that the city of Phoenix has not addressed its dangerous streets for decades. According to the analysis, wide roads with few crossings were the most dangerous areas for pedestrians, as these roads encourage fast driving, increasing the potential risk for pedestrians to get hit.
In Arizona, a wrongful death claim may be brought by a surviving spouse, child or parent of the decedent, on behalf of the spouse or children, or parents of the decedent.
The amount of damages that a surviving spouse, parent or child may recover will differ from case to case, there are many variables. Damages that are considered may include the following:
- The loss of love, affection, and companionship since the death of the decedent and in the future.
- The pain, grief, sorrow and mental suffering experienced since the death, and in the future.
- The lost income sustained as a result of the death.
In Arizona, when a governmental entity or employee may be responsible for injuries or wrongful death there are Notice of Claim requirements that need to be properly satisfied. There are time limits within which a claim shall be filed against a public entity, the claim must contain sufficient facts outlining the basis of the claim. The claim must also contain a specific amount that it may be settled for, representation by an attorney is critical in injury, wrongful death cases.
A pedestrian injury lawyer Glendale, AZ trusts should be consulted following a collision resulting in serious injuries. The consultation should be without charge, fees and costs should only apply if a settlement is obtained. Contact Paul Englander, PLC today.