Left-hand Turns Pose Danger for Pedestrians and Cyclists

A recent accident between a truck and a twelve year-old boy on a bicycle shed light on a common danger on the road – drivers endangering pedestrians and cyclists while making left-hand turns at intersections. The boy was crossing the street with the green light at Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and Thompson Peak Parkway in Scottsdale when he was hit by a Ford pickup truck.

When a vehicle turns left at an intersection, the driver is often focused on traffic coming from the opposite direction and he/she does not watch for pedestrians and bicyclists, even if there is a crosswalk. The driver may not see people in the crosswalk or will underestimate how fast the pedestrians can cross the street. Once the pedestrians have the “walk” signal, they have the right-of-way. If they are hit by a vehicle, the driver can be held financially responsible for their injuries. Arizona law allows personal injury victims up to two years following their injuries to file their personal injury claims.

In 2010, there were over 1,900 vehicle-bicycle accidents in Arizona. These accidents killed 19 cyclists and injured over 1,500 cyclists. In Arizona, 260 cyclists under age 15 were injured or killed in collisions with vehicles in 2010.

In the accident mentioned above, the boy sustained multiple head fractures and a broken leg. He was not wearing a helmet. He was transported to Phoenix Children’s hospital in serious condition. The driver was cited for causing the accident.

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

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