Colorado Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
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It might not seem as though people are walking as much as they used to, but the fact is, millions of us are walking every day for enjoyment, to get to work, to visit people and places, and to go to school and church.
In 2005, the U.S. Federal Highway Administration conducted a Traveler Opinion and Perception Survey (TOP) and found that walking is the regular mode of transportation for more than 107 million people, or about 51 percent of the traveling population. On average, these folks walked for reasons other than recreation, at least three days a week. That same year, the U.S. Census Bureau conducted the American Community Survey and found that nearly 3.29 million people primarily walk to work each week.
Typical Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Colorado
Unfortunately, the majority of pedestrian accidents occur because the driver of the motor vehicle isn’t paying attention. Whether the driver is distracted by their cell phone, eating and drinking while driving, or being distracted by their passengers, drivers make some common but deadly mistakes including:
- Failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian
- Not stopping at stop signs, red lights, or pedestrian cross walks
- Driving above the posted limit, specifically in residential, school, or recreational areas.
These pedestrian motor vehicle accidents can often lead to severe injuries that require weeks, months, even years of rehabilitation. Some of the injuries that are more commonly seen in pedestrian motor vehicle accidents include broken bones, internal injuries, brain damage, back and neck injuries, paralysis, and loss of an arm, leg, or foot.
If you were hit by a motor vehicle while walking, contact a Colorado pedestrian accident attorney as soon as possible. If a loved one was killed by a vehicle while they were walking, your attorney can help you navigate the complex legal process so you can focus on healing.
National Pedestrian Accident Statistics
With so many people walking, you would think that the rates of individuals being hurt and killed by automobiles would go down, but the sad fact is that someone walking is hit and hurt by a motor vehicle every 8 minutes. 12 more people are hit and killed every day across the United States. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, more than 4,000 pedestrians have died in traffic accidents every year since 2004.
Whatever presumptions you may have about the demographics of those who are killed, the statistics may surprise you:
- 73 percent of the 4,735 people who were killed while walking in 2013 were in urban areas
- 69 percent of the fatal accidents did not occur at intersections
- 25 percent of the fatal accidents happened in broad daylight
- The average age of people killed in these accident was 46
- 28 percent of these accidents occurred on weekend evenings between 6pm and 9pm
The NHTSA also reported that at least 66,000 more people are injured by a motor vehicle collision in 2013, down from the 78,000 in 2001.
Colorado Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Walking is a way of life for many people in Colorado. Yet, not enough is being done to ensure pedestrians are safe while they walk to and from work, church, school, and everywhere else each week. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, 78 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2012.
Though the number of pedestrian fatalities dropped in 2013 to 52; 2014 brought a resurgence, with initial figures showing at least 65 people were killed walking in Colorado. 
Colorado Pedestrian Accidents Frequently Asked Questions
The Ramos Law Firm is often asked questions about pedestrian accidents and the laws that are designed to prevent them. Here, we have collected a few of the most common questions regarding accidents involving motor vehicles and the law.
I was hit by a car while walking to work and now I don’t think I will be able to work. What’s going to happen?
If you are unable to return to work after being in a pedestrian accident, your attorney will help ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. You need receive compensation for the time you lost at work and for the loss of future earnings. You may also be able to seek damages for your pain and suffering and loss of quality of life.
Speak to your attorney before you sign any papers or accept any type of settlement from your accident.
I was hit by a car while crossing the street. I did not cross at a cross walk or a corner. Can I still file for compensation?
The law requires that you exercise reasonable car when walking, which includes walking in designated areas. However, this does not mean that the driver who hit you has no fault. Speak with your attorney as soon as possible so they can begin investigating the circumstances of the accident and help you determine if you should move forward with your case.
My spouse was hit while crossing a cross walk. The power was out so there was no signals. Who is at fault for her injuries?
Colorado law specifically states that when traffic signals are not working, motorists must yield the right of way to pedestrians and slow or stop their vehicles for the pedestrian’s safety. Speak to your attorney about the specifics of your case, because your wife may be eligible for compensation for her injuries.
Have You Been Injured in a Colorado Pedestrian Accident?
The Colorado pedestrian accident lawyers at The Ramos Law Firm have been fighting for the rights of pedestrian accident victims for nearly a quarter century and they stand ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. Emergency medical physician and attorney Joseph Ramos and the personal injury team at the Ramos Law Firm have the skills and experience to guide you through complex legal and medical processes.
If you have been hurt in a Denver pedestrian collision, or elsewhere in Colorado call (303) 733-6365 to speak to one of our accident lawyers today for a free case evaluation.
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