Phoenix’s Most Dangerous Roads for Pedestrians
March 12, 2019
The Arizona Department of Transportation has released its latest Pedestrian Action Safety Plan, which compiles statistics about pedestrian accidents that occur in the state. It reports that a higher number of pedestrians are killed in motor vehicle crashes in Phoenix when pedestrians attempt to cross interstate highways and interchanges. Below, we discuss some of these dangerous roads and what you can do to exercise reasonable care and improve your chances of avoiding a pedestrian-related accident.
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High Pedestrian Crash Locations
Some of the most dangerous locations with a high crash risk for pedestrians include:
- Greenway Road/I-17
- 7th Avenue/I-10 Interchange
- Cactus Road/I-17 Interchange
- 32nd St/SR 202 Interchange
- Bethany Home Road/I-17 Interchange
- Camelback Road/I-17 Interchange
- Dunlap Avenue/I-17 Interchange
- Indian School Road/I-17 Interchange
- I-17/Bethany Home Road
- I-17/Northern Avenue
- I-10/67th Avenue
- I-10/Dysart Road
- I-17/Glendale Avenue
- I-17/Indian School Road
- I-17/Thomas Road
Main Causes of Pedestrian Crashes
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 5,000 pedestrians are killed in motor vehicle accidents every year. Pedestrian accidents are often caused by the negligent actions of drivers. Drivers are required to exercise reasonable care when driving.
Some of the main causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Impaired driving
- Disobeying traffic signs or signals
- Not keeping a lookout for pedestrians on the roadway
- Failing to yield the pedestrian’s right of way
- Failing to signal while turning
Pedestrians may also contribute to these accidents, such as:
- Walking while in an impaired state
- Crossing the street without using the crosswalk
- Darting in front of traffic
- Listening to music or performing other distracting activities
Even if pedestrians may increase the risk of an accident, drivers must be extra vigilant when pedestrians are present to avoid a fatal or serious injury.
Ways to Avoid a Pedestrian Accident
Pedestrians and drivers alike can take steps to decrease the likelihood of being involved in an accident.
Tips for Pedestrians
Some ways that pedestrians can avoid pedestrian accidents include the following:
- Increase their visibility by wearing reflective clothing or carrying a flashlight at night
- Walk on the shoulder facing traffic when there is no sidewalk available
- Cross the street at a designated crosswalk or intersection
- Walk only when the “walk” signal illuminates
- Look for cars in all directions before crossing, even if there is a “walk” signal
- If a crosswalk is not available, pedestrians should only cross in a well-lit area and during a gap in traffic
- Avoid darting in front of vehicles or disrupting traffic
- Avoid using music or electronic devices to avoid being distracted
- Avoid drinking or doing drugs while walking
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street in front of them
Tips for Drivers
Some ways that drivers can reduce the possibility of a pedestrian accident include:
- Look out for pedestrians at all times
- Yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk
- Do not pass vehicles in a crosswalk
- Slow down when approaching a crosswalk
- Be particularly cautious when driving in conditions that affect visibility, such as bad weather or during nighttime
- Follow the posted speed limit
- Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Avoid distractions, like using a cell phone or eating while driving
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Arizona is among one of the deadliest states for pedestrians. If you were injured in a pedestrian-related accident, it is important that you have a strong legal advocate on your side. These accidents often result in serious, life-altering injuries. They often involve the need for ongoing medical treatment, which can be expensive. One of our skilled lawyers at Phillips Law Group can help you pursue maximum compensation on your claim.
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