PHOENIX, AZ — A man is in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle Tuesday morning in Phoenix. The accident took place at 19th Avenue and Southern. Reports claim the man was not in a crosswalk when a vehicle headed west struck him. Paramedics rushed him to the hospital in extremely critical condition.
The driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with the investigators. There are no indications that speeding or impairment were involved in this accident. No further information is available as the incident is still under investigation.
The AZ Hometown Law firm sends their best wishes to the victim and his family.
Moving Forward After a Pedestrian Accident
Pedestrian cases can be legally quite complex. The defending insurance companies will often raise substantial questions of who was at fault, and the amount the behavior of the pedestrian contributed to the accident itself. Many people are surprised at how difficult their own insurance companies can be when attempting to file UM/UIM claims. This is why it is most important to be represented by an experienced and seasoned attorney with extensive expertise in pedestrian cases. Look for a lawyer with actual trial experience with verdicts in pedestrian cases, which often require expert testimony and accident reconstruction evidence.
While the majority of injury cases are settled prior to trial, insurance companies carefully monitor the record of every injury attorney and use this information to determine the amount of the settlement they are willing to offer. If an attorney has not taken enough cases to trial, the insurance company knows that there is less risk of losing before a jury and they will attempt to offer much less than they are required to compensate by law.
You should ask to see the recommendations of the legal industry including awards and independent rankings. Testimonials from former clients and your attorney’s peers in the legal industry also provide excellent insight into the quality of representation you can expect. Finally, it is important to work with an attorney who is accessible to you personally, who will not push your calls and inquiries off onto a junior associate or staff.
If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident in Arizona please contact the AZ Hometown Law Firm at (602) 495-1005.
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