Pedestrian Accident Attorney Phoenix, AZ
Experienced Legal Counsel After a Pedestrian Accident
Arizona is ranked very high in the country for pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries. Pedestrian accidents often occur when drivers fail to pay attention to what is going on around them at intersections, in parking lots and along the roadway. Distracted motorists who hit pedestrians are far too often responsible for catastrophic and even fatal injuries.
At the Phoenix Law Office of Paul Englander, PLC, we take pedestrian accidents very seriously. Attorney Paul Englander frequently works with investigators to determine who hit a pedestrian or bicyclist and whether that motorist was negligent. We develop strong cases for our clients, often proving that drivers were speeding or otherwise driving carelessly when the accident occurred.
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How to be a Safe Pedestrian
From 2017 to 2018, there was more than a 3% increase in the number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents, totaling more than 6,200 deaths. In 2017, a pedestrian was killed every 88 minutes on average. The best way to prevent such tragedies is to educate yourself on how to be a safe pedestrian and how to be a safe driver around pedestrians. Pedestrian Safety Tips for Walkers:
- Follow road rules and obey traffic signals; be as predictable as possible.
- Walk on the sidewalk whenever one is available. When there is no sidewalk available, walk facing the flow of traffic, and distance yourself from traffic as much as possible.
- Avoid distractions, such as cell phones, while walking.
- Cross the street at a crosswalk, where drivers will be more likely to look out for pedestrians. If no crosswalk is available, cross in a well-lit area that will allow you to look for cars and will allow cars to see you. Continue to watch for cars as you cross.
- Make eye contact with drivers to try to ensure they see you crossing, do not assume a driver sees you.
- Wear reflective clothing or use a flashlight when walking at night to make yourself more visible.
- Be aware of cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.
- While walking, avoid substances that will impair your abilities and your judgment.
A personal injury attorney can investigate the causes of a crash, evaluate claims for liability and damages.
Serious Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians, bicyclists and runners have the right to use the road. When people are hit in crosswalks, on bike paths or by hit-and-run drivers, we work hard to obtain maximum compensation for their lost wages, medical bills, future medical expenses, pain, suffering and other losses.
When our clients have suffered catastrophic or permanent injuries, attorney Englander consults with their doctors and medical specialists to demonstrate the nature and extent of the injuries. We handle cases involving:
- Injuries to children
- Broken bones and fractures
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Crush injuries
- Head trauma and severe concussions
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Paraplegia/quadriplegia and paralysis
Work Zone Crashes
Construction and maintenance work is essential in order to maintain safe and efficient roadways. Work zones can create conditions that may increase the risk of crashes, injuries and death. In 2018, work zone-related motor vehicle crashes resulted in more than 45,000 injuries and 755 deaths, including:
- Drivers of motor vehicles – 473 deaths
- Passengers of motor vehicles – 144 deaths
- Pedestrians – 122 deaths
- Bicyclists – 8 deaths
Highway work zones pose multiple navigation challenges for motorists. Drivers must quickly comprehend a complex, and at times confusing combination of signs with changing instructions, to negotiate their way through an array of barrels, barriers, temporary lanes, and narrow roadways.
Construction workers are at risk as they build, repair, and maintain streets, bridges, tunnels, utilities and highways. From 2011 to 2015, 609 workers were killed from injuries at road work zones in the United States. Workers in Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, and California incurred the most fatal injuries at road construction sites during the 5-year period. About 46 percent of these workers were killed in pedestrian vehicular incidents. Workers were most frequently struck by automobiles or dump trucks.
Following a work zone collision, a personal injury lawyer should be consulted, to investigate potential liability and damages claims.
Extensive Personal Injury Experience
Paul Englander has more than 35 years of experience as a trial lawyer, and has focused his entire practice on personal injury and wrongful death cases. He is certified as a specialist in injury and wrongful death litigation by the State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. Only 1 percent of all Arizona lawyers have earned this designation, which demonstrates significant personal injury trial experience.
Mr. Englander is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Best Lawyers in America, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, whose membership is limited to those attorneys who have succeeded in obtaining million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of their clients, the American Association of Justiceand the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association. He has also been recognized by SuperLawyers and Arizona’s Finest Lawyers.
Contact Us for Information About Scottsdale Hit-and-Run Driver Claims
Talk to us now, while your memory of the event and the memory of any witnesses involved is still fresh. The sooner you talk to us, the sooner we can begin to gather evidence and build your case.
Contact a pedestrian accident lawyer to take the first step. We offer a free, confidential consultation. Home and hospital visits are available, as well as weekend and evening appointments. To reach us after hours or on weekends, please call 602-320-4378.