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“Here in Tucson, we are blessed with year-round sunshine. As a result, many of us take advantage of the clear weather to go for a walk, a run, or a bike ride. ”
Tucson is even known as the winter training capital for runners and cyclists. From strolling around the block to serious cycling, anytime you "cross paths" with a motor vehicle, the driver almost always win. 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 compensate the injured pedestrian for their injuries.
Pedestrians are injured every year when simply walking across the street. Often times 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 are speeding through the streets, ignoring the speed limits and failing 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 near miss. However, 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 caused by reckless driving, or even intoxicated driving, the driver should be held responsible for the injuries they cause a defenseless cyclist.
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.
When a pedestrian or cyclist is hit by a car, it can cause serious injuries, including broken bones, head trauma, neck or back injury, or 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 wages and lost income from not being able to work. In some cases, this can have a permanent impact on their life 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 non-economic injuries that have an impact on their life and the life of their family. The person responsible for causing the injuries should be held responsible for compensating the victim for the pain they caused.
At West, Longenbaugh and Zickerman, our attorneys understand what is at stake for cyclists and pedestrians injured in an accident. We are avid hikers and bikers who have experienced our own close calls with reckless drivers. We provide an honest evaluation and experienced advice on your case, and will fight to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Our lawyers are committed to addressing the individual needs of each of our clients and can assist you with all aspects of personal injury representation.