Request A Free Consultation
Arizona panorama with cacti

Mesa Pedestrian Accidents Attorney

Mesa is a beautiful place to work and live. It’s certainly no wonder why so many people walk instead of drive. Unfortunately, Arizona is not always a safe place to walk. In fact, the state has the fourth highest pedestrian death rate in the US per 100,000. Sadly, these accidents continue to rise. When pedestrians are struck by cars and trucks, the results are often devastating because of their lack of protection. If you or someone you love was hurt or killed in a pedestrian accident in Arizona, the experienced Mesa pedestrian accident attorneys of Hastings & Hastings. Your first consultation is free.

What Does Arizona Law Say about Pedestrians?

There are several laws in the State of Arizona that apply to pedestrians. Generally speaking, pedestrians have the right of way in many instances, such as at crosswalks. When a pedestrian is crossing the street, vehicles are required to yield to the pedestrian.

The law requires pedestrians to use a sidewalk if there is one. This is for their safety. It is not lawful for pedestrians to cross the street where there isn’t a crosswalk or to jaywalk. If they do either of these, they may be held partially responsible if they are injured in an accident.

However, it is crucial that both drivers and pedestrians pay attention to what’s going on around them and understand the laws in Arizona.

What Are Common Injuries from Mesa Pedestrian Accidents?

Because pedestrians are not well protected against the impact of the vehicle, they can sustain serious injuries, catastrophic injuries, or even death. There are some pedestrians who are lucky enough to walk away with minor injuries or no injuries.

However, the most common injuries in Mesa pedestrian accidents include:

  • Broken bones
  • Dislocations
  • Serious lacerations
  • Severe puncture wounds
  • Severe head wounds and other head injuries that may result in traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal injuries, including internal bleeding
  • Scarring and disfigurement

Why Are Pedestrian Accidents So Common in Mesa?

Pedestrian accidents happen either because of driver or pedestrian error. These include:

  • Poor visibility for the driver
  • The driver being distracted by their phone, others in their vehicle, or for other reasons
  • The pedestrian steps out in front of the vehicle
  • The pedestrian isn’t using the crosswalk and steps out into traffic, thinking that the vehicle has the legal obligation (and the time and ability to yield)
  • The driver ignores or “doesn’t see” the crosswalk and does not yield to the pedestrian who was already in the crosswalk
  • The driver goes around a school bus that is loading or unloading
  • The driver didn’t use proper care for weather conditions
  • The driver didn’t use proper care for traffic conditions
  • The driver ignored a stop light or a stop sign
  • The driver did not follow the posted speed limit
  • The pedestrian ignored the walk signals

If you’re involved in a pedestrian accident in Mesa, schedule your free case review with the experienced Mesa injury attorneys of Hastings & Hastings now.

What Should You Do If You’re Involved in a Pedestrian Accident?

If you are involved in a Mesa pedestrian accident, follow these tips if you can:

  1. Move somewhere safe if you can, but don’t leave the scene.
  2. Call 911.
  3. Get a police report and immediate medical care to ensure you don’t have any internal injuries even if you feel fine and don’t have any obvious injuries.
  4. Take photos, if you can, of the scene, your injuries, and the vehicle.
  5. Do not apologize.
  6. Collect witness information, if possible.
  7. Schedule your free case review with Hastings & Hastings.

Can Pedestrian Accident Victims Receive Financial Compensation?

Pedestrian accident victims may be able to receive financial compensation for their injuries, depending on the circumstances of the claim. The types of financial compensation that you may be eligible to receive are broken down into two types: economic and non-economic. Economic damages are damages that can be assigned a monetary amount, such as:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages and income
  • Property damage

The other type of compensation, non-economic, is for the losses you may have experienced that cannot be adequately taken care of by money, but there’s no other way to truly compensate for them. An example is wrongful death.

What Is Your Claim Worth?

What your claim is worth depends on many factors. Some examples include the severity of your injuries, whether you missed work, whether you’ll be able to return to work, and whether you hold any liability for your injuries. To learn more, schedule your free consultation with Hastings & Hastings now.

Free Consult: Mesa Pedestrian Accident Attorney

If you or someone you love has been hurt in a pedestrian accident, Hastings & Hastings is here to help. Our experienced Mesa accident attorneys provide free consultations. We want to help you understand your rights. Schedule your free consultation now.