Phoenix, AZ (August 12, 2022) – A pedestrian died after she was struck by a car on Wednesday, August 10th in west Phoenix. The victim has since been identified as 30-year-old Alberta Lavetta Cons.
Police responded to the scene in the area of McDowell Road and 51st Avenue at about 5:40 a.m.
According to a local source, the driver of a pick-up truck traveling southbound on 51st Avenue failed to notice a traffic backup caused by a disabled vehicle.
The driver veered to the left and collided with an oncoming pick-up truck.
After the impact, the truck driver then swerved to the right and struck an adult female pedestrian who was standing on the sidewalk by the disabled vehicle.
Both truck drivers remained at the scene. Police said neither showed signs of impairment.
No other injuries were reported.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Ms. Alberta Lavetta Cons, at this time.
Pedestrian Accidents in Arizona
When a pedestrian accident occurs, pedestrians have no safety features to ensure their protection. They are fully exposed to their surroundings, making them subject to enduring critical and even deadly injuries when they come into contact with a motor vehicle.
The state of Arizona has the highest rate of pedestrian deaths in the United States. A publication released by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association reported that, in the first six months of 2016, the state witnessed a total of 4.1 pedestrian deaths out of every 100,000 residents.
Arizona pedestrians are in a significant amount of danger, but some are more exposed to risk than others. The kinds of pedestrians most likely to be hit by a motor vehicle in Phoenix are:
- Senior citizens and kids
- Parents walking small children or pushing strollers
- Joggers and runners
Although pedestrians wearing headphones or texting might not be as aware of their surroundings making them more likely to be involved in a collision. Drivers, however, are expected to show the greatest duty of care to walkers at all times. Even if a pedestrian is pushing a baby stroller or listening to music at the time of the event, this does not mean they are intrinsically at fault.
If you were injured due to a negligent driver, call a pedestrian injury lawyer from Saavedra Law at (602) 753-8917 to schedule a no-obligation review of your potential personal injury claim with a member of our legal team as soon as possible.
Note: Our writer used outside sources in the creation of this post. These sources include local news reports, local and state police incident reports, social media outlets, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents that take place in Arizona. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this accident. If you find any information that is not correct, contact Saavedra Law Firm, PLC as soon as possible so that we can correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available. We will remove this post upon request.
Disclaimer: This post is not a solicitation for business. None of the information in this post is intended to be medical or legal advice. If you have been injured in an accident, seek the help of a medical professional. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene.