2018 fatal motor vehicle accidents: 41 Phoenix pedestrians so far

Arizona police have urged pedestrians to remain alert and only cross where crosswalks are available. At the same time, they also reminded drivers to avoid distractions and look out for pedestrians. Reportedly, pedestrian vs. motor vehicle accidents in the City of Phoenix have claimed 41 pedestrians so far in 2018, while the total number of such fatalities last year came to 56.

This call for care followed an incident in which a pedestrian was fatally struck by a car. Reportedly, a 53-year-old man crossed a Phoenix street mid-block at approximately 9 p.m. on a recent Tuesday. An accident report indicates that the pedestrian was struck by a southbound car that was driven by a 24-year-old man who remained at the crash scene.

Officials confirmed that the pedestrian succumbed to his injuries before he could be transported to a hospital. Although no mention was made of an arrest, law enforcement allege the driver of the car was under the influence of prescription medication at the time of the crash. However, the accident investigation was still underway.

Surviving family members of pedestrians who lost their lives in fatal motor vehicle accidents may have questions about the viability of wrongful death lawsuits. An experienced Arizona personal injury attorney can make an assessment to determine whether grounds exist to file such a claim. The circumstances will determine whether negligence on the part of the driver can be established and whether the pedestrian may have been partially responsible for the accident. If there is potential for damage recovery, the lawyer can advocate for the family in pursuit of a monetary judgment to cover financial and emotional losses.

Source: ABC 15, "Pedestrian hit, killed by car in Phoenix, driver stayed on scene", Morgan Tanabe, May 2, 2018

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