Pedestrian Injury Lawyer Glendale AZ
Trucks Can Be Deadly To Arizona Pedestrians
Stay-at-home restrictions and telecommuting related to COVID-19 have had many consequences on Arizona’s roadways, for example, fewer cars on the roads, faster commute times, less congestion and fewer emissions. Daily traffic for heavy trucks, however, has remained relatively consistent as many freight deliveries are still taking place. A pedestrian injury lawyer Glendale AZ can advise a crash victim concerning potential claims for injuries and damages.
Here is a look at truck travel time data for Maricopa County collected by the analytics company INRIX:
- 3/2 – 3/6: 100%
- 3/9 – 3/13: 88%
- 3/16 – 3/20: 97%
- 3/23 – 3/27: 96%
- 3/30 – 4/3: 95%
With the pandemic and the economy dominating most people’s minds, road safety is still important when driving to get groceries or when walking to get some fresh air. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports fatalities in crashes involving large trucks increased for the fourth year in a row.
From 2017 to 2018, the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks increased by 1.1 percent. In addition, pedestrians killed in crashes involving large trucks increased by 13.0 percent. Arizona has seen numerous pedestrian deaths involving heavy trucks in recent months:
- April 1, 2020 in Scottsdale: Police say a garbage truck was driving through an alley near Granite Reef and Camelback road as part of a normal trash collection route when it struck and killed an individual sleeping on the ground.
- January 29, 2020 in Tucson: A pedestrian died after getting hit by a large delivery truck at the intersection of East Silverlake Road and South Euclid Avenue.
- December 27, 2019 in Phoenix: A pedestrian was killed after being hit by a semi-truck on Interstate 17 near Camelback Road.
- December 18, 2019 in Chandler: A woman died after she was hit by semi-truck on Ray Road east of Arizona Avenue.
- December 17, 2019 in Phoenix: Police say a man was struck and killed by a semi-truck near 43rd Avenue and Buckeye Road.
A.R.S. §28-101A provides that a person shall not drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the circumstances that a person shall control the speed of a vehicle as necessary to avoid colliding with any object or person. A driver must exercise reasonable care for the protection of others.
A pedestrian injury lawyer Glendale AZ can investigate fault, obtain witness statements, and consult with an accident reconstructionist. When serious injuries occur it may be necessary to proceed with a lawsuit to attempt to obtain a more just settlement.
In crashes of large trucks in 2018, 4,136 people were killed. 16 percent of these deaths were truck occupants, 67 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 15% were pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists. Some of the factors that contribute to these crashes included excess speed, impaired driving, distracted driving, and drowsy driving.
Many newly manufactured trucks include advanced driver assistance systems, such as automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning systems, backup cameras, and adaptive headlights, all of which are proven to reduce the severity of crashes or prevent them altogether.
In the unfortunate event you or a loved one is involved in any kind of accident, contact a pedestrian injury lawyer Glendale AZ to better understand your rights, potential claims for damages and the settlement, litigation process. Contact Paul Englander, PLC today.