Pedestrian Safety Important During Pandemic
With most people staying home these days because of coronavirus lockdowns, Phoenix roads and highways are much less congested. Commutes and crashes are down, but the number of pedestrians looking to exercise or simply get out of the house has increased. Several recent crashes involving serious injuries and even death, however, highlight the dangers pedestrians face, even when obeying all traffic laws. A wrongful death lawyer Mesa AZ can advise a crash victim regarding potential claims and damages.
On Sunday, April 26, 2020, a 70-year-old man died after getting hit by a car in Glendale. The accident happened around 8 o’clock in the evening in the area of 75th Avenue and Camelback Road. Detectives say the victim, identified as Efren Ramos, was standing in the street in the curb lane of westbound Camelback Road in a dark area when he was struck. The driver of the car stayed and was questioned by the police. A Glendale police spokesperson said there was no signs of impairment, and there are currently no charges pending against the driver.
On Thursday, April 20, 2020, a 73-year-old man died after a hit-and-run crash in Phoenix. The crash happened just before midnight near 7th Street and Broadway Road. Police say the pedestrian, identified as 73-year-old Gerald J. Vanacore, was hit by a maroon-colored SUV. The vehicle fled the scene and has not yet been located. Anyone with information concerning this incident is encouraged to contact the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6151, or to remain anonymous, contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.
On Wednesday, April 8, 2020, a man in a wheelchair suffered life-threatening injuries after getting hit by a car in Phoenix. The accident happened around 11:45 p.m. near 17th Avenue and Bell Road. Police say the man in a wheelchair was struck as he was attempting to cross against the light in a crosswalk. Investigators say the driver remained at the scene and speed or impairment did not appear to be factored in the crash. A wrongful death lawyer Mesa AZ can investigate liability, obtain witness statements, consult with an accident reconstructionist. Applicable insurance policies can be investigated.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32 percent of all pedestrian fatalities occur between 8 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. The NHTSA advises pedestrians to follow all traffic laws and to wear lightly colored or reflective clothing to be the most visible to drivers. Meanwhile, City of Phoenix officials are working to improve pedestrian safety. The city council has approved $2 million for updated street lighting, adding more pedestrian crossing lights, updating crosswalks and adding medians in high trafficked areas.
There may be other experts that may need to be consulted, including a life care planner or economist, if there may be permanent injuries or future income losses.
If you or someone you know is ever hurt while walking, you may be entitled to compensation. A wrongful death lawyer Mesa AZ can investigate and evaluate your case at no cost to you to determine potential claims and damages. Contact the office of Paul Englander, PLC.