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Frequently Asked Questions about Pedestrian Accidents in Arizona

Pedestrian accidents in Arizona happen fast, but the consequences can last a lifetime.  Don't be caught off guard.  Be prepared. Find the answers to your important questions from a source you can trust: Israel & Gerity, PLLC.  Click on the following links to learn more.  If you don't see one of your questions here or you want to discuss your accident, call (888) 900-3667 for a free consultation.

How common are pedestrian accidents in Arizona?

Arizona pedestrians were injured or killed in 1,575 pedestrian accidents in 2012, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Specifically, 1,354 pedestrians were injured and 131 pedestrians were killed in accidents in 2012.

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Are fatal pedestrian accidents in Phoenix common?

Unfortunately, yes. Phoenix ranked 4th nationwide for cities for pedestrian fatalities between 1997 and 2005, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  The administration wrote, "It is a surprise that the city of Phoenix is fourth for pedestrian fatalities even though average population is 32 percent less than the city of Houston, in fifth place."

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What are the common causes of pedestrian accidents?

No two accidents are the same, but there are a few common causes.  In many cases, a negligent driver is to blame for the accident.  The driver might be engaged in careless or reckless behavior.  Some of the most common types of car accidents which result in pedestrian accidents include:

  • Distracted drivers
  • Drunk drivers
  • Speeding drivers
  • Texting drivers
  • Tired drivers

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Should I call the police if I'm injured in a pedestrian accident in Arizona?

Yes. Call the police immediately after your accident.  If you are injured and cannot do so, ask someone else to call the police.  It's critical that you have a police officer investigate your pedestrian accident.  Your police report could be crucial evidence in obtaining compensation for your pedestrian injury accident.

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Should I see a doctor if my pedestrian accident injury seems minor?

Yes. Serious injuries caused by a pedestrian accident might not be apparent at first.  You could have a life-threatening internal injury. Don't take chances with your health. Take action. Go directly to a hospital or emergency room and make sure a doctor, EMT or another medical professional examines you. Also make sure you have a follow-up exam.

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Should I contact my insurance company if I'm injured in a pedestrian accident?

Yes.  But be careful what you say.  Simply call your insurance company and tell them you have been involved in a pedestrian accident.  You can give them basic facts of the accident such as the date, location, your name, the name of the other driver, or whether a police report was filed. Direct all other questions to your attorney.  Too often, victims volunteer information to an insurance company that ends up hurting their accident claim later on.

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Should I call a lawyer after my Phoenix pedestrian accident?

Yes.  An Arizona pedestrian accident attorney can help you with a wide range of serious legal issues after your accident.  A lawyer can help you with insurance claims, investigate your pedestrian accident and negotiate directly with insurance companies.  Don't simply assume you will be reimbursed for your accident. Take strong legal action. Contact the Phoenix pedestrian accident lawyers at Israel & Gerity, PLLC. Call (888) 900-3667 and schedule a free case evaluation right now.

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