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Phoenix Pedestrian Accident Attorney

Pedestrians are the most vulnerable road users.  In collisions with motor vehicles, pedestrians have little to no protection and are likely to suffer a catastrophic injury. If they survive the initial collision, victims are often left with lifelong injuries and disabilities. If you suffered an injury in a pedestrian accident in Phoenix, the pedestrian accident attorneys at Begam Marks & Traulsen, P.A., can help you get fair compensation.

Common Factors in Pedestrian Accidents

In 2016, there were 1,643 motor vehicle accidents in Arizona involving pedestrians. These accidents involved cars, motorcycles, bicycles, or a variety of other vehicles. Determining who is liable depends on each person’s duty of care. The law requires both drivers and pedestrians to act in a way that keeps themselves and others safe.

An important aspect of a driver’s duty of care is avoiding distraction. Distracted driving is an issue across the country and can cause accidents of all kinds, including pedestrian accidents. Pedestrians are also particularly vulnerable when vehicles are backing up and the driver and any time a vehicle makes a turn or merges into traffic. During these scenarios, drivers are typically focused on other vehicles and road signals.  Some of the other most common factors that lead to drivers failing to uphold the duty of care are:

Drivers owe a special duty of care to children under the age of nine. The law doesn’t expect children to exercise a duty of care, as they are too young to understand the rules of the road. Therefore, a driver must be especially careful around children. When driving near parks, schools, or other places where there could be children, drivers must exercise a higher standard of care behind the wheel.

Potential Damages

There are three general categories of damages that you may receive compensation for.

  1. Special Compensatory Damages: Special damages compensate victims for expenses they incur as a result of the injury. These can include loss of earnings, medical bills, future medical care, and therapy, etc.
  2. General Damages: General damages compensate victims for non-monetary damages they incur. These can be pain and suffering, loss of companionship, loss of consortium, mental anguish, and more.
  3. Punitive Damages: Punitive damages are awarded when the negligent or wrongful conduct was particularly malicious or wanton. These are typically aimed at holding large companies and manufacturers accountable for these types of actions.

Phoenix Pedestrian Accident Attorney

A pedestrian accident injury can have serious effects on all aspects of your life. If another person’s negligence caused you to suffer an injury, you deserve compensation to help recover. The attorneys at Begam Marks & Traulsen, P.A., have six decades of experience helping people recover from personal injuries, earning millions of dollars in settlements, arbitration awards, and jury verdicts. Contact Begam Marks & Traulsen, P.A., for attorneys who will fight for you.