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Walking more is a great way to improve your health and use less gas, which is better for your pocketbook and the environment. But there just aren’t enough safe walkways in Mesa. Though there are more sidewalks, there aren’t enough, and there are not enough safe crosswalks on busy roads. As a result, many pedestrians are the victims of accidents. They are hit by cars and other vehicles and are seriously injured and even killed.
If you were seriously injured in a pedestrian accident or someone you love was killed in one, you may be eligible for compensation under the law. A pedestrian injury attorney from Marco Injury Law in Mesa, Arizona will help you understand your rights and will fight for the compensation you deserve.
Pedestrian Laws in Arizona
First, it is important to understand the laws as they apply to pedestrians in Arizona. Pedestrians have the right of way when they are in a crosswalk without a signal. It is the driver’s responsibility to slow down and let the pedestrian pass.
Of course, pedestrians also have the right of way when they are passing in a crosswalk with a signal and have been given the green light. However, pedestrians who are walking in the crosswalk without getting the green light may not have any recourse if they are hit by a car. Pedestrians must obey traffic laws, and crossing before they get the signal to go is akin to a car running a red light.
Pedestrians are required by law to cross at the crosswalk where available and to yield the right of way to vehicle traffic otherwise. Pedestrians are also required to walk on sidewalks where available. If no sidewalk is available, pedestrians are supposed to walk on the left side of the road parallel to traffic.
Drivers are still expected to practice caution when they see pedestrians, even if they are violating traffic rules. It is important that you talk with an attorney if you were a pedestrian struck in the crosswalk or anywhere else on the road. An experienced personal injury lawyer will let you know what your options are, given the circumstances of your accident.
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Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
One of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents is cars hitting pedestrians in the crosswalk. Many drivers are used to having the right of way, and they don’t keep an eye out for pedestrians. Therefore, they often don’t notice pedestrians in the crosswalk until the last moment, and they are unable to stop in time.
Other common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Backing out of a parking space or driveway and not seeing the pedestrian
- Speeding in a residential area
- Turning into a side road and failing to look ahead to the crosswalk there
- Driving while distracted
If your accident involved one of these circumstances, chances are good that you will have right to compensation. A Mesa AZ personal injury attorney from our team will review the circumstances and help you understand what your legal options are for pursuing compensation.
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Getting the Justice You Deserve
If you are seriously injured in a pedestrian accident or someone you love is killed in a pedestrian accident, you want justice. You want the person responsible to pay. That may mean jail time, or it may mean paying financially for the injuries you or your loved one suffered, or it may mean both.
A personal injury lawyer from Marco Injury Law will fight to get the justice you deserve. Whether you were a pedestrian struck in the crosswalk or you were hit while walking on the side of the road, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Our attorneys work tirelessly to build a strong case on your behalf. We are dedicated to getting a settlement that covers your past and future medical costs related to the accident, lost wages from any time you may have missed from work, your pain and suffering, and more.
Call Marco Injury Law today to talk with a pedestrian injury attorney and learn more about your legal options. Being involved in a pedestrian accident can change your life. Getting compensation for your injuries may not turn back time, but it can give you the means to heal and to move forward.