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Larimer County pedestrian accident injury attorney

It is no secret that pedestrian accidents often end tragically. Even at slow speeds, a pedestrian can be severely injured or killed after being hit by a car. Last year in Colorado, 90 pedestrians were killed in auto accidents, which was up 40 percent from three years prior in 2015. As of September, official records report 37 deaths so far this year. The final total for 2019 will include this number and likely other pedestrian deaths. Therefore, it is important to be aware of crosswalks and the role they play in pedestrian safety. 

Crosswalk Safety

Last month, a pedestrian died after getting hit by a car at night in Fort Collins. The victim, a 23-year-old man from the area, was hit by a minivan. Although the crash is still under investigation, it is noted that a crosswalk was not being utilized by the pedestrian at the time of the accident. Alcohol and reckless driving were not thought to be contributing factors.

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Larimer County pedestrian accident injury lawyer

When a personal injury case is on the table, one of the most difficult parts is proving which party was at fault. This often affects the amount of compensation a person can receive or whether someone has a case at all. In cases involving pedestrian accidents, there are many factors that may have caused the incident. In some cases, a collision can be caused by a reckless motorist who is driving under the influence or distracted. It is imperative to know what rights a pedestrian has and how these rights can impact the ability to recover damages in a personal injury claim.

Proving Fault 

Colorado is what is called a “fault state” in regard to personal injury cases. This means whoever caused the accident may be held liable. Sometimes, there is a clear answer as to who was at fault, but most cases are not that cut and dry. Whether someone is operating a car or a truck or is a pedestrian, there are rules for every person on the road. These laws are to keep each other safe, and when broken, they can lead to accidents, injuries, or even death. Knowing the rights of a pedestrian may help determine whether a person is eligible for a personal injury claim.

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Larimer County pedestrian accident injury lawyer

When it comes to pedestrian accidents involving motorists, both parties can be at fault. However, with vehicles having more protection and power than a person walking down the street, drivers have a different level of responsibility when getting behind the wheel. A pedestrian can be put into a dangerous situation by the actions of a driver, even if the person behind the wheel is following the law. Each year, approximately 5,000 pedestrians are killed in an accident with a vehicle. Many more are injured, and these injuries can have lifelong effects. If a pedestrian suffers injuries due to the negligence of a motorist, he or she may be entitled to compensation.

Safety Tips for Motorists

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the number of pedestrian fatalities went up 11 percent from 2016 to 2017. To help avoid more fatalities, it is a good idea to review safety measures when it comes to sharing the road. Below are some tips drivers can follow to help prevent accidents with pedestrians: 

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Larimer County pedestrian injury attorney

Getting hit by a car as a pedestrian can be a dangerous and traumatic experience. A person walking down the street has little protection against a car or truck, and the results are often fatal. Colorado is a “fault state.” This means that whoever is responsible for an accident pays damages to the other party. Sometimes, the fault of an accident is clear. For example, if a drunk driver goes through a red light and hits a pedestrian who is crossing the street at a crosswalk during the appropriate time, the driver will be at fault. However, if a pedestrian was crossing the street at the wrong time or place, and the driver was distracted, fault in an accident can be more difficult to determine. If both parties are determined to be equally at fault, no party may collect damages.

No one plans on getting hit by a car while out for a stroll, but knowing what to do after an accident can not only help you address your physical injuries, it can help protect your ability to recover financial compensation. 

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On March 22, a man in a wheelchair was fatally injured when he was struck by a motor vehicle in Pueblo. The accident occurred when the 55-year old man attempted to cross at the intersection of Highway 50 and Club Manor Drive. As police continue to investigate the exact cause of the accident, it is clear pedestrian collisions are an issue across the country. 

If you or a member of your family are injured after being struck by a motor vehicle, reckless or negligent actions by the driver may be to blame, and you should seek legal assistance immediately. 

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Fort Collins pedestrian injury lawyerLate this past October, a female pedestrian in Colorado Springs suffered fatal injuries when she was struck by an automobile. The victim was attempting to cross the street when she was hit by a driver who was under the influence of an undisclosed drug. For Colorado residents, this accident served as a reminder of the inherent risks that pedestrians face every single day. If you or a loved one are injured in a pedestrian accident, you should seek out legal assistance as soon as possible. 

Pedestrian Injuries Throughout the United States

Even though traveling by foot is commonly thought of as one of the safest ways to travel, pedestrians suffer injuries much more often than most people would like to assume. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 129,000 American pedestrians were hospitalized in 2015 alone. Pedestrians face increased risk due to their lack of protection in motor vehicle collisions. Because of this lack of protection, most pedestrian injuries are extremely severe. Of the 129,000 pedestrians that were injured in collisions throughout 2015, more than 5,350 ultimately died due to their injuries. 

Studies conducted by the CDC found that pedestrians are actually 1.5 times more likely to be fatally injured in a collision than motor vehicle drivers or passengers. In many of these cases, the accidents are directly caused by the negligence of the motor vehicle driver. Just under 50% of all pedestrian deaths in 2015 involved alcohol. 

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