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Facts About Pedestrian Accidents in Colorado

Colorado is a beautiful state filled with natural scenery and interesting places to visit and enjoy. As with many cities that are big tourist attractions, there are usually many pedestrians in Colorado that are walking and biking around in different towns. Unfortunately, when there are many pedestrians in one area, the likelihood of an accident is much greater. Walking on a sidewalk or on a marked crosswalk should ensure that you are safe, but Colorado has witnessed multiple pedestrian accidents involving motor vehicles and pedestrians. These pedestrian accidents have resulted in catastrophic injuries because vehicles involved in these incidents are often speeding or driving recklessly. Here are some statistics related to pedestrian accidents in Colorado.

What Are the Facts?

In order to understand pedestrian accident statistics in Colorado, it’s important to see how these facts compare to the rest of the country. According to the most recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were about 70,000 pedestrians that were injured and around 5,300 pedestrian fatalities in traffic accidents in 2015. Compared to numbers in 2012 (there were about 3,700 fatalities), this number has increased nationally. In the state of Colorado, 76 pedestrians were killed out of the overall 471 people killed in all motor vehicle accidents in 2012. This equals to about 16 percent of all traffic deaths and a rate of 1.47 pedestrians killed for every 100,000 people.

So, what do these statistics mean for the state of Colorado? These numbers are actually pretty average compared to the national rates, so Colorado is not more or less dangerous for pedestrians. As a mode of travel, there is always some risk of walking. However, walking still remains one of the healthiest and inherently safe modes of transportation and physical activity, especially in a city or busy town.

If you have been injured as a pedestrian in Colorado, our Denver personal injury attorneys are here to help you recover. Consult with us today to learn more on how we can represent you and help you get compensation for your injuries.

Do I Need a Police Report to File a Personal Injury Claim?

If you were injured in an accident that was due to the negligence of another individual, you are probably considering filing a personal injury lawsuit. However, you might be wondering what you need in order to properly file your claim. One key component that is involved immediately after your accident occurs is a police report. Often, car accidents do not involve a police report, because either the accident was legally reported, or no law enforcement was contacted. Having a police report can be advantageous for your case, but there are other possible ways to win your case without one.

Other Methods of Investigation

Police reports are helpful for your personal injury case, because they will give more details and facts of the accidents based on the officer’s objective observations. Fortunately, police reports are not the only way to receive the right evidence needed for your case. One option is to hire a private investigator; private investigators will collect evidence and contact other witnesses in order to evaluate who was at fault in your accident. You can also find additional reports and records to support your case and provide essential evidence, such as medical records, photos from the accident, and any other relevant documents that will prove your injuries. Lastly, don’t hesitate to bring your own testimony to court. You were the witness to your own accident and injuries, so your personal testimony will help provide an accurate timeline of what happened.

If you were injured in a car accident and there was no police report present, you shouldn’t worry. You have other options in order to present your case and receive justice for the negligence committed against you. Our accident attorneys will present the best case for you in court, and we will ruthlessly advocate for you. Contact us today for your free consultation.

What Damages Can Be Paid in a Pedestrian-Car Accident Case?

In most car accidents, focus will be on placing fault on the negligent party, or the careless party responsible for causing the accident. Some car accidents result in injury, with the injured party usually seeking compensation for his or her injures. However, what damages can actually be covered in an accident claim?

Medical Expenses

When a driver hits a pedestrian and as a result injures the pedestrian, it’s expected that the driver is responsible for paying for the pedestrian’s injuries. Sometimes it is possible, however, for complications to arise regarding what actual injuries should be covered. For example, say an elderly person crossing a sidewalk gets hits by a driver, the impact minimal enough to merely knock the elder over. If the elderly person suffered minimal injury and was of average health, he or she could have possible walked away from the accident unscathed. However, if the elder has a heart attack as a result of shock from the accident, would the drive be liable as well for this heart attack? In most cases, the answer would be yes, because the distracted driver’s negligence results in the accident, the fall, and the heart attack. The driver would be liable for all the elder’s injuries caused by the accident.

Lost Wages

As a result of getting hit in an accident, a pedestrian could miss out on days of work and essential wages for their living expenses. If liability is placed on the driver regarding the accident, the driver can be found responsible for paying for the pedestrian’s lost wages. The cost could be high or low dependent on the patient’s recovery time. For example, say a woman in an accident sustains a concussion. She may be out of work a week, and that week of missed wages will have to be paid for by the driver. However, if this same pedestrian sustains an even more serious injury, like a broken back, her months of recovery out of work could cost the driver a pretty penny in lost wages.

Pain and Suffering

One of the more controversial types of damage, it’s hard to place a price on pain and suffering. There isn’t a certainty of how much money covers months of misery or years of suffering through injuries. The driver, if found liable for causing pain and suffering because they struck a pedestrian, can still be found responsible and pay damages. It will be up to the court to decide whether to award and how much to award for pain and suffering damages. Calculations will be dependent on the severity of the injuries sustained in the crash.

If you’ve been struck by a negligent driver and are seeking compensation, contact an injury attorney as soon as possible. The experienced accident lawyers at Lampert and Walsh, LLC are prepared to get you the justice you deserve for your pain and suffering.