Pima County Improves Safety of Dangerous Crosswalk

Pima County has made a dangerous crosswalk safer.Officials in Arizona's Pima County have pursued plans to improve the safety of a south side crosswalk following the settlement of a personal injury lawsuit.

Steven Bland was hit by a car while crossing five lanes of traffic on a Pima County street in 2009. Bland suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of the collision, leading his family to sue the county, claiming that officials should have known the crosswalks were dangerous on the high-speed road.

Pima County is paying Bland's family a $900,000 settlement while the driver's car insurance company had agreed to pay another $100,000.

As a result of the lawsuit, KOLD News reported that Pima County has lowered the speed limit in the area of the crosswalk from 45 to 25 miles per hour. In addition, more signs and an updated light signal have also been installed at the crosswalk.

About 4,092 pedestrians were killed on U.S. roads in 2009. Of that number, 120 of those fatalities occurred in Arizona.