When you have been injured as a pedestrian, a truck was involved, calling a truck wreck lawyer Phoenix, AZ has to offer may be in your best interest.
Our firm handles a broad range of personal injury claims, including truck accidents — many of these cases involve serious, to life-threatening, or fatal injuries. With a truck accident lawyer Phoenix, AZ offers on your side, you can feel peace of mind in knowing your interests will be protected.
TRUCKER AND PEDESTRIAN FATALITIES
Deaths of truckers hit a 30-year high in 2018, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 885 large truck occupants died in collisions. That is the highest number of deaths since 1988 when 911 occupants of large trucks lost their lives in crashes.
NHTSA reports a total of 4,678 people died in collisions with large trucks in 2018, that includes a 13% increase in pedestrian deaths in crashes involving large trucks, that was four years in a row where fatalities involving large trucks have increased.
Motor vehicle crashes killed 36,560 on U.S. roadways during 2018, a 2.4% decline from 37,473 in 2017. This decrease happened even though people are driving more. With the exceptions of truckers, pedestrians and cyclists, nearly every other category had fewer deaths.
More than 90% of traffic crashes are a result of human error, according to the Department of Transportation. Safety officials attribute the dip in traffic deaths partially to improvements in light passenger vehicles. Auto manufacturers are equipping new vehicles with advanced technology features such as forward collision alert systems and automatic emergency braking. Those features reduce some types of crashes by up to 50%, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Other features such as rear-view cameras and blind-spot alerts also reduce traffic deaths.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2017, 5,977 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, that’s about one death every 88 minutes.
An estimated 137,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for nonfatal crashes–related injuries in 2017. Per trip, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash.
Almost half (47%) of crashes that resulted in a pedestrian death involved alcohol for the driver, or pedestrian.
Pedestrians aged 65 and older accounted for 20% of all pedestrian deaths and an estimated 10% of all pedestrian injuries in 2017. One in every five children under the age of 15 killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians in 2017.
Following a collision with injuries, a truck wreck lawyer in Phoenix, AZ can evaluate claims for negligence, injuries, medical bills and lost income. There may be permanent injuries and claims for future medical bills, lost income, perhaps a claim for punitive damages. Litigation may be necessary to attempt to obtain a better settlement. There should be no charge for a consultation with a Phoenix, AZ truck wreck lawyer, there should be no fees unless a settlement is obtained.
For a consultation with a leading truck wreck lawyer in Phoenix, Arizona, call lawyer, Paul Englander today.
“Paul and his staff were very professional and prompt in responding to any questions or concerns I had. He handled every aspect of my case and made it as easy as possible for me. I would definitely recommend him and contact him for any future needs.”