Pedestrian accidents often result in severe injuries and extended time away from work. Dealing with the aftermath can be exhausting and overwhelming in the face of mounting bills and lingering pain.

You do not have to walk this path alone. Trust the Tucson pedestrian accident lawyers at Zanes Law to be with you every step of the way. Call us today for a free case review and to learn more about how we may be able to help pursue compensation for your injuries.

Causes of Tucson Pedestrian Accidents

MMDAF awards_logo1Drivers have a duty of care toward pedestrians and are responsible for avoiding pedestrian accidents by following the rules of the road. When a driver breaches their duty of care—such as by speeding or running red lights—and causes an accident, they can be held liable for the injuries you suffer as a result.

Pedestrian accidents in the Tucson area arise out of many different causes:

  • Distracted driving
  • Poor weather
  • Fatigued driving
  • Mechanical problems
  • Failure to follow local road laws or signs
  • Aggressive driving/road rage

Arizona has one of the highest rates of pedestrian accidents in the country. Filing a claim against the responsible party after your pedestrian accident injury can not only allow you to pursue compensation for your injuries, but may also prevent them from repeating the same negligent actions in the future.

Pedestrian Responsibility in Tucson

Negligent motorists cause most pedestrian accidents, but sometimes a pedestrian might also be at fault. Pedestrians who break state laws meant to protect them could be found negligent.

For example, Arizona Revised Statutes § 28-796 requires pedestrians to use crosswalks when available and to walk on the far left side of the road facing oncoming traffic if the road does not have sidewalks. Arizona law also requires pedestrians to use crosswalks or cross at intersections. A pedestrian crossing outside of a crosswalk or intersection must yield to traffic.

Motorists must drive safely and avoid pedestrians whenever possible. In a collision between a motorist and a pedestrian, the motorist will usually carry some of the blame. Following the law as a pedestrian could help ensure your safety and make your case stronger should an accident occur.

Comparative Negligence Could Reduce Damages

Tucson Metro Chamber awards_logo2Under Arizona law, an injured person could collect damages even if they were negligent. Each party is responsible for the consequences of their actions.

During negotiations, the defendant’s lawyers or insurer might try to shift responsibility onto you, which would decrease their liability. We could aggressively push back against such tactics, ensuring that you carry no more than your fair share of the blame for an accident.

If a pedestrian accident case goes to trial, a judge will allocate responsibility for the accident among the parties. If the judge decides that you bear some fault in the incident, the judge will reduce your damages by an amount that reflects your apportioned responsibility.

How a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Tucson, AZ, Can Help You

You do not have to navigate life after a pedestrian accident alone. There are many ways in which a pedestrian accident lawyer in Tucson can help.

Build Your Case

It is important that we build your case in a way that showcases just how significantly the pedestrian accident has impacted your life. We will collect important documents that determine who is responsible for your injuries, including:

  • Police reports
  • Witness statements
  • Images or videos from the accident
  • Driver logs
  • Recreating the scene of the accident

These documents can help us establish liability in your case, which may include the driver of the vehicle that caused the accident and/or a third party such as the driver’s employer or the manufacturer of faulty equipment.

Determine Damages

AzTLA awards_logo4Pedestrian accidents are often severe, leaving you with life-changing injuries. By calculating these damages ahead of time, we can better evaluate any insurance settlement offers you might receive. This amount can also help us better determine the best legal steps to take going forward.

We will include the following costs when calculating your overall damages:

  • Medical costs (current and future)
  • Lost wages and work benefits
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Rehabilitative devices
  • Transportation needs
  • Property damage
  • Wrongful death

Manage All Aspects of Your Legal Case

A pedestrian accident injury can change your life overnight. One minute you are walking along, enjoying the Arizona sunshine, and the next, you are laying in a hospital bed.

You do not have to manage the complexities of the legal system on your own. The pedestrian accident legal team at Zanes Law will help you navigate your case during this difficult time. We cater our legal services to meet your individual needs, allowing you to focus on your recovery.

Discuss Your Case With a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Tucson Today

ASLA awards_logo3If you were the victim of a pedestrian accident in Tucson, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses.

Statute of Limitations

Pursuing legal action may be the last thing on your mind after suffering a pedestrian accident. However, Arizona law requires you to file a claim no later than two years after the date of your pedestrian accident.

This sounds like plenty of time, but many preparations must be made to create a strong case that supports the compensation you deserve. Getting the process started as soon as possible can make it easier to collect evidence like witness accounts, videos of the crash scene, and medical records within the established time limit.

Notice of Claim for Government Defendants

If a state, city, or county are potential defendants in your case, you must act urgently. A government might be a defendant in your case if the driver who hit you was a public employee, if malfunctioning traffic devices contributed to your accident, or if poor road maintenance or traffic markings were a factor.

You must file a notice of claim within 180 days of your injury, or you lose the right to sue a government defendant. If you file the claim timely, you then have one year from the date of filing to bring your lawsuit.

Talking to a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Is Easy and Convenient

Doug Zanes

Doug Zanes, Tucson Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Because time is of the essence when dealing with Tucson pedestrian accidents, the team of personal injury lawyers at Zanes Law can meet you where you are. Whether you are recovering in a hospital or at home, we want to make this process easier for you. We will offer you a free consultation, evaluate your case, and discuss the options that may be available to you.

Learn more about how the pedestrian accident lawyers at Zanes Law can help by calling today for a free, no-obligation case review today.

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