Hit By a Car in Phoenix, AZ
According to usa.streetsblog.org, the city of Phoenix has one of the nation’s highest pedestrian death rates. Phoenix’s wide, high-speed streets offer few accommodations for foot traffic, leading to 92 pedestrian deaths in 2017. Phoenix is a city of 1.6 million, yet New York City—a city of more than 8.5 million—recorded only 107 pedestrian deaths in the same year. The areas in Phoenix with the most bicycle accidents and deaths had a few things in common, including higher speed limits, wide roads with at least five lanes, and large gaps between intersections with signals.
Most of the pedestrian deaths in Phoenix occurred on arterial roads, with only about a third occurring within 500 feet of a crossing with signals. In about a third of all pedestrian accidents, the driver of the vehicle left the accident scene. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, having a pedestrian accident attorney in your corner can make a significant difference in the outcome of your accident.
At Brad Johnson Injury Law, we will thoroughly investigate your pedestrian accident injury, obtain all the facts, interview witnesses, and work directly with the insurance company, allowing you the time to heal. In many cases, not only does the insurance company not help you, they may actually stand in the way of you being able to obtain a fair settlement for your injuries. When this is the case, we are here for you. We work hard in seeking the maximum compensation for your injuries.
Remember, Arizona laws protect you as a pedestrian. Drivers who hit pedestrians are not let off the hook simply because the injured person was not driving a car. It is important that you know your rights and know the legal team at Brad Johnson Injury Law is here to help. If you are a pedestrian hit by an automobile, contact attorney Brad Johnson to discuss your situation and evaluate your options.
Why Should You Hire a Pedestrian Accident Attorney?
Being injured in a pedestrian accident is a traumatic experience—and one that frequently prompts victims of pedestrian accidents to contact an experienced Phoenix pedestrian accident attorney immediately. Getting help from an injury lawyer who has extensive experience in this area of the law can give you peace of mind and confidence about the way your case is managed. You will also know that the steps your attorney will guide you through will protect your rights and your ability to recover from your injuries.
It can be an overwhelming experience to sustain critical injuries—like a traumatic brain injury or a spinal cord injury—from your bicycle accident. Your only opportunity to obtain financial compensation for your injuries is likely to be filing an injury claim. Brad Johnson will help you with all the details associated with filing an injury claim. A knowledgeable Phoenix pedestrian accident attorney can build a compelling case on your behalf, increasing the amount of compensation you receive. At Brad Johnson Injury Law we:
- Have more than 30 years of personal injury experience
- Are a compassionate, skilled local law firm rather than a large, impersonal regional or national law firm
- Offer a highly client-centric, individualized approach to each case
- Have more than 100 positive Google Reviews
- Are available 24/7
- Have core values that benefit your claim and your future
- Offer free comprehensive consultations
- Have a 25 percent fee rather than the typical 33.3 percent fee
- Have English and Spanish speaking staff for your convenience
Remember when we take your case, “We Don’t Get Paid Unless We Win.”
How is Negligence Shown in a Pedestrian Accident Case?
In order to recover compensation for the injuries, you have to illustrate that the person who hit you was negligent. Dedicated, experienced Phoenix pedestrian accident Brad Johnson is the right person to help you with this. There must be a duty of care by the defendant in order to show negligence. Duty of care means the defendant had a responsibility to other drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists to drive safely, following all rules of the road and Phoenix traffic laws.
If it is shown that the defendant did have a duty of care, then it must be shown that the defendant breached their duty of care. A breach of duty of care shows negligence on the part of the defendant. Once a breach of duty is shown, then it must be shown that the accident occurred due to that breach of duty and that injuries resulted.
Drivers are required to exercise even greater care regarding children, who cannot be expected to be aware of the risks associated with chasing a ball out into traffic or darting away from a parent to see something fun or interesting. Children are also less visible, so drivers must exercise extreme caution in areas where children are likely to be playing. Some negligent driver behaviors that result in pedestrian accidents include:
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Distracted driving
- Exceeding the speed limit
- Failure to obey traffic signals
- Impaired driving
- Failure to signal when turning
- Failure to properly look for pedestrians
What Are the Most Common Injuries Following a Pedestrian Accident?
Pedestrian injuries from being struck by a vehicle are often extremely severe, even catastrophic. These injuries can change the life of the injured pedestrian for a very long time—or even for the remainder of their life. Such catastrophic injuries include traumatic brain injuries, limb amputations, serious internal injuries, and spinal cord injuries.
Less serious—but still potentially life-altering—injuries include fractures, head, neck, and back injuries, facial lacerations and scarring, concussions, internal bleeding, and infection from injuries. Regardless of the type or extent of your injuries, having experienced Phoenix pedestrian accident attorney Brad Johnson can genuinely make a difference in your future. We will ensure your rights are protected while fighting for the compensation you need and deserve for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and more.
Do I Really Need a Pedestrian Accident Attorney?
It is crucial to talk with a knowledgeable Phoenix pedestrian accident attorney as soon as possible after your accident. The team Brad Johnson Injury Law will help you fight for the compensation you deserve, allowing you the time to recover. An equitable compensation will enable you to move on with your life. When you first meet with Brad Johnson, it is important to bring all evidence you have that supports your injury claim. This can include an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer in Phoenix immediately after you have suffered injuries.
The right lawyer can help you fight for greater compensation that you need and deserve to recover so you can focus on moving forward with your life. In your first consultation, it is important to bring any of the evidence you have at that point. This can include all medical records, witness statements, and photos taken at the accident scene. If there is a police report, it is likely to prove helpful as well. If the evidence gathered is not enough to support your claim, we will assist you in gathering evidence or identifying other methods of identifying liability through accident reconstruction.
Brad Johnson will answer all your questions about your pedestrian accident clearly, in an easy-to-understand manner. He will then explain the claim process to you so you will know what to expect. Brad and his team will ensure you are regularly updated regarding the status of your claim and are always easy to contact, returning most phone calls the same day or the next. At Brad Johnson Injury Law, we do the following for every accident injury victim:
- Ensure you receive the best medical care for your injuries
- Negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf for the best settlement
- Thoroughly investigate the circumstances and facts of your accident
- Expedite your claim
- Provide an objective review of the details of your accident to build the strongest case possible
- Help you understand the personal injury claim process
- If negotiation efforts are unsuccessful, we will ensure you are properly represented in court
What If the Driver Who Hit Me Left the Scene of the Accident?
When the driver of the vehicle that hits a pedestrian or bicyclist does not stay to render aid and wait for the police, it is known as a “hit and run.” It is illegal in Arizona to leave the scene of an accident. If there are injuries resulting from the accident, felony charges can be filed against the driver who leaves the scene of the accident. To help police identify the driver, any details you can recall (related to the vehicle or the driver) can be invaluable information. If the driver is not found, you may be able to file a claim through your own insurer under your uninsured motorist coverage. Attorney Brad Johnson can help you determine the best way to proceed if the driver who hit you left the scene.
What Are the Statutes of Limitations for a Pedestrian Accident in Arizona?
Statutes of limitations govern the amount of time a person has following an accident in which to file an accident claim. These statutes vary from state to state, from one year to more than ten years. In the state of Arizona, the statute of limitations for a personal injury is generally two years from the date of the accident. However, this time may be extended under certain circumstances. It is wise to consult with your Phoenix pedestrian accident attorney to determine whether the statutes could potentially be extended for your claim.
Getting the Help You Need from a Phoenix Pedestrian Accident Attorney
After spending 24 years building and managing his predecessor’s firm, Petersen Johnson, attorney Brad Johnson decided to follow his own dreams. Rather than focusing on a large marketing campaign and managing countless employees, Brad chose to be more connected to his clients. Brad’s goal was to get to know his clients personally, assisting them in the often- complex legal process.
Brad and his legal team understand what a confusing, stressful time this can be; we reassure our clients that we will be with them, guiding them every step of the way. We give our clients the time and space to heal, even helping them find the medical care they need. Our firm is highly client-focused with an attorney who is just as conscientious today about helping his clients through a difficult time as he was when he started out. Contact Brad Johnson Injury Law today.