- posted: Dec. 31, 2013
- Pedestrian Accidents
Generally, pedestrians have a right to use sidewalks and, in many cases, roadways without having to fear being struck by a car or truck. When accidents do occur, the result is often serious injury or death, as there’s little protecting the average pedestrian from the impact of a motor vehicle.
Accidents involving pedestrians in Tucson have become more frequent and are at an all-time high, according to the Pima County Department of Transportation. The causes of these accidents vary. In some cases, drivers fail to look out for pedestrians when turning, and in others, pedestrians don’t use the proper crosswalks or sidewalks. On the other hand, sometimes neither party is completely to blame, as in the case of poorly lit intersections or inadequate signage.
Staying safe as a pedestrian
To remain safe when walking near motor vehicles, you should always pay attention to the movement of traffic and adhere to all signals, such as crosswalks and walk signs. One misconception is that pedestrians always have the right of way, but Arizona law actually states that pedestrians crossing anywhere other than a crosswalk must yield the right of way to motor vehicles on the roadway. Thus, whenever possible, cross streets at marked intersections and look both ways before crossing.
However, the fact remains that most pedestrian accidents are caused by negligent driving, such as texting while driving or driving while intoxicated. These actions are extremely dangerous. If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, seek the advice of a trusted personal injury attorney as soon as possible.