On the 300 or more sunny days of the year walking in Phoenix isn’t a bad choice.
It’s the few rainy days that make it dangerous for many pedestrians.
Of the 109,554 automobile accidents that happened in Arizona in 2014, 13,883 were weather related including 3,152 rain related accidents according to Valley Metro.
The lesson? If you’re walking on a rainy day, stay alert.
It can be challenging to juggle a cumbersome umbrella and jacket along with your backpack while trying to cross busy streets but paying attention can save you from injury or death.
What happens if you’re walking across the street when a car skids to a halt, slides, and hits you?
Seek medical attention first. You may not think you’re seriously injured, at least on the outside, but you can suffer internal injuries that can only be diagnosed at a hospital.
Gather as much information from witnesses at the scene as you can and use your smartphone to photograph the accident scene. You may need the pictures later to remember details of the incident.
After your injuries are assessed, it’s time to call Silkman Law Firm, experienced personal injury attorneys for a free case review.
If you were in the crosswalk walking at the proper time, it’s likely the driver of the car is at last partially at fault for the accident.
- Was the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident obeying the rules of the road?
- Was the driver intoxicated or distracted at the time of the incident?
- Were you crossing the street using the crosswalk and signals?
- Was the vehicle that hit you maintained properly?
- Are there any outstanding recalls on the vehicle that could impact its performance at the time of the accident?
- How much was weather a factor?
All of these and more are questions the Silkman Law Firm can get answered for you.
We can navigate insurance claims on your behalf and negotiate to get you compensated for injuries, pain and suffering, and lost wages resulting from being a pedestrian involved in a motor vehicle accident.
Don’t take on the insurance company, other drivers, and car manufacturers all by yourself.