Safety Tips for Arizona Pedestrians

One of the benefits of living in Arizona is the beautiful weather. It’s winter and the daily high temperature is consistently in the 60’s and 70’s. This is a wonderful climate for people to be out walking about, even in the early morning and late evening hours.

Unfortunately in Arizona, car-pedestrian accidents are common. In 2010, 155 pedestrians were killed and another 1,236 were injured in pedestrian-car accidents in Arizona. In 2012, at least three people have already been killed in pedestrian-car accidents in the Phoenix area.  Here are some tips to help you avoid being a victim of a car-pedestrian accident.

1. Assume Cars Won’t See You.
Do not expect cars to anticipate you crossing the street. Many drivers do not watch for pedestrians, especially at stop signs and when making turns. In Phoenix, many streets with stop signs do not have the white line painted on the road indicating where the car should stop.  Many drivers stop in front of where this line would be; which is in the same area where pedestrians cross the street. There are also many drivers who roll through stop signs without stopping at all and don’t come to a complete stop when making right-hand turns at intersections with stoplights. Also be careful when crossing driveways, especially at shopping centers where there is significant traffic.

2. Be Visible.
If you walk or jog early in the morning or late at night, always wear light colored clothing so drivers can see you.  Walking around in dark jeans and a black jacket makes it difficult for drivers to see you. You may want to wear a reflective belt or vest or carry a flashlight. Stay in well-lit areas where the street lamps will illuminate your presence.

3. Do Not Jaywalk.
Jaywalking is a problem in Arizona. At least 5 pedestrians were struck by cars while jaywalking in Arizona in 2011. Always cross the street at intersections. When you cross the street at a stoplight, make sure you have the green light before crossing.

If you have been injured in a car-pedestrian accident, please contact the Phoenix personal injury lawyers at the personal injury law firm Oracle Law Group today.

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