Tucson is known as the winter training capital for runners and cyclists. From strolling around the block to serious cycling, any time you "cross paths" with a motor vehicle, the driver almost always wins. Pedestrian and cyclist injuries are not uncommon, and most of the time, the driver is at fault. A driver who causes injury to a cyclist or pedestrian should be held responsible for compensating the injured pedestrian for their injuries.

Pedestrian And Cyclist Injuries

Pedestrians are injured every year when simply walking across the street. Often, it is the result of a driver going too fast, not paying attention, failing to yield or committing some other traffic violation. We often worry about our children playing in our own neighborhoods, where careless drivers speed through the streets, ignore the speed limit and fail to slow down for children at play.

We've all experienced stepping into a crosswalk when a driver cuts you off or walking through a parking lot when a driver backs up without looking, resulting in a close call. Because of the mass, speed and power of a motor vehicle, even a low-speed accident can result in substantial injuries to a pedestrian.

Drivers and cyclists are supposed to share the road. All too often, a driver may be frustrated with the slower speed of a cyclist and speed by too closely, causing an accident. In other cases, a driver may be speeding through hilly or winding roads and hit a cyclist who suddenly comes into view. Whether it is reckless driving or intoxicated driving, drivers should be held responsible for injuries they cause defenseless cyclists.

Drivers may claim that it was an accident and take no responsibility for the injury. However, negligent driving that results in harm provides a civil cause of action for damages. This can be proven by showing the driver was not exercising reasonable care while driving, including speeding, texting while driving, not giving a cyclist enough space while passing or not yielding to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Cyclist And Pedestrian Injury Damages

When a pedestrian or cyclist is hit by a car, it can cause serious injuries, including broken bones, head trauma, neck or back injury and even death. This can cost the victim thousands in medical bills, surgery, ongoing treatment, prescription medications and therapy. In addition, the injured pedestrian may have lost income from not being able to work. In some cases, this can have a permanent impact due to chronic pain, dismemberment or disability.

In addition to economic damages, an individual may have endured serious pain and suffering, emotional trauma, family stress, and other noneconomic injuries that have an impact on the whole family. The person responsible for causing the injuries should be held responsible for compensating the victim for the pain he or she caused.

Speak With An Experienced Attorney

The law firm of West, Longenbaugh and Zickerman P.L.L.C. is located in Tucson, Arizona. Call us at 520-518-3781 or contact us online.