In Arizona, pedestrians and cyclists can frequently be seen near a roadway, which makes it crucial for drivers to be aware of them. A distracted or negligent driver may not notice them and a pedestrian accident could occur. Often these collisions result in fatalities or serious injuries, so it is important that both drivers and pedestrians are aware of one another and practice safety measures on or near the road.
Police officers in Tucson recently responded to an incident involving a pedestrian and an automobile. According to preliminary reports, a woman was crossing West 22nd Street just east of the intersection with South Osborne Avenue when an Impala traveling east on West 22nd Street in the curb lane struck her.
The initial reports also indicate that the pedestrian was not within a crosswalk when she walked southbound across the roadway. Authorities concluded that the driver was traveling at the posted speed limit and is not suspected of being under the influence of any drugs or alcohol. The injured pedestrian was transported to the hospital where she later died.
Authorities say that this is the twelfth pedestrian death in the city this year, which is five times the number of pedestrian fatalities that occurred the previous year. This accident is still under investigation. In this case, the pedestrian may have contributed to the accident by not walking in the crosswalk, but there is still a possibility for a wrongful death claim if there is evidence the driver was negligent.
A wrongful death claim can help offset the costs associated with a fatal accident. A fatal auto-pedestrian accident can cause a family to suffer financial and other losses. Compensation awarded from a wrongful death suit can include loss of support and loss of companionship.
The loss of a loved one in a pedestrian accident can be tough to recover from. It is important that loved ones understand their rights when it comes to filing claims and recovering compensation.
Source: KGUN 9, “Woman killed in pedestrian collision,” Ina Ronquillo and Cory Marshall, Aug. 26, 2013