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Pedestrian-Car Accidents Surge in Maricopa County

There has been a surge on pedestrian-vehicle accidents in the Phoenix area in 2012. The following incidents occurred in the last few weeks.

  • On January 11th, Eddy Rigoberto Juarez Medina allegedly struck and killed a 58 year-old woman in a crosswalk at 27th Avenue and Missouri Avenue in Phoenix. Phoenix police suspect that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. The report also stated that the pedestrian may have been crossing the street against a red light.
  • On January 14th, an unidentified middle-aged man was struck and killed in a crosswalk near 47th Avenue and Bethany Home Road in Glendale.
  • On January 14th, 31 year-old Jenifer Lynn Millerbis was struck by a car on 51st Ave. The car’s driver fled the scene. While Millerbis was lying on the street, she was run over by a semi-tractor. She died of her injuries.

Drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles safely, which includes watching for pedestrians crossing the street. Pedestrians, likewise, have a duty to cross the street only when they have the right-of-way and when it is safe to do so.

If these drivers are responsible, in part or in whole, for these pedestrians’ deaths, they can be held criminally and civilly responsible for their actions. A wrongful death claim may be brought by the survivors of someone who has died due to another person’s actions. If the pedestrians’ families sue for wrongful death, they will request the damages that the victims would have been able to collect from the drivers if they had survived the accident. Arizona Revised Statutes §§ 12-611 – 12-613 govern wrongful death lawsuits.

If you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian-vehicle accident, please contact the Phoenix personal injury lawyers at the personal injury law firm Oracle Law Group today.

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