Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) October 24, 2013
Phoenix personal injury lawyer Jeffery Hernandez of the Law Office of Jeffery J. Hernandez today warned drivers to be more aware of pedestrians in light of a recent fatal pedestrian accident in Phoenix.
Hernandez, who represents negligence victims and families who lost loved ones in accidents, commented on an azfamily.com article about a pedestrian death in Phoenix (“Pedestrian killed by traffic light following car crash,” Sept. 18, 2013).
“Pedestrian accidents typically result in catastrophic or fatal injuries,” Hernandez said. “People crossing the street or walking alongside a road are extremely vulnerable. They often sustain head injuries, spinal cord injuries and other life-changing injuries when they are struck by a vehicle. These senseless tragedies can be prevented if drivers stay focused and avoid dangerous behavior, such as texting or drinking and driving.”
A pedestrian in Phoenix, AZ was recently killed on Sept. 15 as a result of a two-car accident, according to azfamily.com. The pedestrian was killed by a traffic light that was knocked down by the two-car accident at the intersection of 15th Avenue and McDowell Road in Phoenix, according to azfamily.com.
Pedestrian accidents in Arizona account for only 1.5 percent of all traffic accidents, but they result in 16 percent of all traffic fatalities statewide, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation’s 2012 accident statistics (May 31, 2013). Specifically, there were 1,565 pedestrian accidents in Arizona in 2012 out of 103,176 traffic accidents that year statewide. Those pedestrian accidents resulted in 132 fatalities, 16 percent of all 832 deaths statewide that year in traffic accidents, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Each year, more than 4,000 pedestrians nationwide are killed and more than 70,000 are injured in pedestrian accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2010, a total of 4,280 pedestrians died as a result of injuries sustained in traffic accidents in the United States, according to CDC.
Pedestrians and their families need to take immediate action if there has been an injury in a traffic accident, according to Phoenix pedestrian accident lawyer Jeffery J. Hernandez.
“Don’t underestimate the seriousness of your pedestrian accident,” Hernandez said. “Just because you don’t feel a lot of pain doesn’t mean there’s not something seriously wrong with you after a pedestrian accident. Internal injuries can sometimes be hard to detect. That’s why it’s critical you seek immediate medical attention.”
Hernandez said pedestrians who are injured can consult with a personal injury attorney to learn about their rights. An attorney can help them pursue compensation for their losses and send a message that negligent behavior will not be tolerated in Arizona, he said.
About the Law Office of Jeffery J. Hernandez
Attorney Jeffery J. Hernandez has earned a reputation for being a tireless advocate for the rights of injury victims and small to medium-sized businesses across Arizona for over 20 years. Obtaining his J.D. from Arizona State University in 1992, Hernandez is an Avvo rated trial attorney. As a personal injury attorney in Arizona, Hernandez also possesses the unique experience of having worked as an insurance claims adjuster for seven years, gaining insider knowledge about the tactics insurance companies may use to reduce personal injury claims.
If you’re looking for information on what to do after being injured in a pedestrian accident in Arizona, call (480) 624-2765 for a free case evaluation.
The Law Office of Jeffery J. Hernandez is located at:
7047 E. Greenway Parkway, Suite 140
Scottsdale, AZ 85254