Posted on March 11, 2018
Did you know that somewhere around 70,000 pedestrians lose their lives every year in crashes across the U.S.? In Arizona, we care about the safety of pedestrians and realize that they are prone to accidents due to the negligence of other drivers. In fact, research shows us that Arizona pedestrians are some of the most likely people to die in crashes that lead to fatalities. In fact, you are at least twice as likely to end up in a fatal accident than in 30 other states! These accidents happen when crossing streets, walking along busy highways, and more. With so many accidents happening in our state, we want to alert you to the real dangers of our highways and the fact that, if you are a pedestrian who walks along a highway, you have increased risks of a catastrophic accident at any given time.
When a pedestrian causes their own accident, it is usually due to ‘darting out,’ which means running out in front of a vehicle very suddenly. This usually happens when they popped out from behind an unseen area, like a driveway or from behind another car parked alongside the road. The biggest perpetrators of these incidents are usually children, who do not always remember to look before crossing the street. Pedestrians are also prone to jaywalking in certain areas, which means that the pedestrian could be held partially liable for the accident when they have made an illegal move. What about when a pedestrian walks along the highway and an accident occurs?
Pedestrian Highway Accidents
Pedestrians have the right to walk anywhere they want to, as long as it isn’t for extended periods of time on the road. This is why, any time a pedestrian is injured walking alongside a road (no matter what type), a driver could be liable for injuries. In most states, pedestrians are legally allowed to walk alongside the highway as long as they are far from the edge of the roadway. Cars on the highway are known to speed more than usual and weave in and out of traffic, which is why these accidents tend to be more common than others. This is why pedestrians need to be extra cautious when it comes to these roads because highways are definitely more dangerous in nature.
If you were legally walking along the highway and did not do anything to contribute to your accident, you can hold a vehicle driver liable in your case. However, you must be able to show that a driver breached their duty of care that they owed to you. For instance, a driver might have crossed the white line while driving alongside the highway because they were too busy talking on their phone while traveling at fast speeds. If this occurs, you will be able to bring a claim for damages for certain aspects. These things include medical bills, lost wages, emotional suffering, and so much more.
We want to help you preserve your case and work toward the compensation you deserve in your time of need. Call us as soon as possible to find out how we can help you at the Accident Law Group. We are waiting to hear from you at 602-262-4254.