The greater Phoenix major metropolitan area is a bustling hive of activity with thousands of people coming and going about their daily business. Sometimes it’s nice to get away from the urban chaos and enjoy a nice, leisurely jog through one of the many hiking or nature trails. Unfortunately, not every motorist pays as much attention as they should and pedestrian motor accidents occur with tragic frequency. While 73 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents happened in urban areas according to a 2012 study, too many hikers, runners and joggers in suburban and remote areas get hit by moving vehicles as well. Everyone is a pedestrian at some point, and if you are ever involved in a pedestrian motor accident, you deserve proper legal representation. This is where the personal injury lawyers at Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC in Mesa come in.
Pedestrian Traffic Law
Under Arizona state law, pedestrians are granted certain protections. No matter if walking, jogging or running, Phoenix pedestrians always have the right of way at intersections and marked crosswalks according to A.R.S. 28-792. This law sets down the rules for both pedestrians’ and motorists’ behavior at crossings. Even though motorists must make every effort to avoid hitting a pedestrian in any circumstances, pedestrians still must yield the right-of-way to motorists when outside of a marked crosswalk or intersection.
Many of the jogging trails throughout the Phoenix area are located near or cross through roads that, while not often busy, can still be a danger to joggers, runners and hikers. Injuries caused by inattentive motorists can include damage to the head and/or brain and other internal organs, paralysis and broken bones. Even low-impact collisions can cause serious harm. In addition to the initial injuries, which could even prove fatal, pedestrians involved in motor accidents have to deal with medical bills, physical therapy and chronic pain throughout their recovery. Nobody should have to go through that alone, without help. That’s why the personal injury attorneys at Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC have an office in Mesa and service the entire Phoenix major metropolitan area.
At SGP Law, we fight hard to protect your rights and make sure you get the care you need to recover from your injury. Our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys in Mesa know that most of the time, pedestrian accidents are caused by careless or distracted motorists, so you should not have to suffer because of another person’s negligence or disregard for the law. If you’ve been involved in a motor accident while jogging, hiking or running, call the SGP Law Firm at (480) 833-8800 or toll free at 1-800-501-2782 or contact us online today to get a FREE consultation!