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Here’s How Colorado Is Helping Keep Pedestrians Safe

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), there were 93 pedestrian fatalities in 2017. This was an 11 percent increase in pedestrian accidents from the previous year. Most incidents involving pedestrians and vehicles do not happen at intersections. As the state population grows, the number of motorists has increased. These motorists are creating increased traffic congestion and in turn, more people are walking instead of driving.

CDOT maintains that distracted driving continues to cause pedestrian accidents. Drivers who are looking down at their phones or changing the radio can be unaware of nearby pedestrians. CDOT has implemented a program that features “Fred Estrian,” the crosswalk signal come to life, to help inform the citizens of Colorado about pedestrian safety awareness. The campaign features radio spots, billboards and social media ads across the state.

Seven Important Pedestrian Safety Tips

Although CDOT’s program may help to improve safety, there are other precautions you can take to reduce your chances of being involved a pedestrian accident. The following are some tips to help ensure your safety when crossing the street:

  1. Use crosswalks at intersections with the proper signage rather than jay-walking.
  2. Before crossing, stop to check the flow of traffic by looking both ways.
  3. Be aware of vehicles turning as you cross the street. Many vehicles can turn right without a green light.
  4. Be aware of traffic. Press the crosswalk button and adhere to the crosswalk signals as they alert you when it’s safe to cross the street.
  5. Store your phone in your pocket and keep your head up as you cross the street.
  6. Continue to check traffic as you are crossing the street.
  7. Wear light colors and walk where there are street lights at night.

Questions About a Pedestrian Accident?

If you have been involved in pedestrian accident with a vehicle, you should contact the Colorado personal injury lawyers at Lampert & Walsh, LLC. Call us at 720-489-5848 or fill out the online form to set up a free consultation today.

Are Fatal Hit and Run Crashes Increasing?

Hit and run crashes are responsible for roughly 2,000 deaths in the US each year. These are crashes where motorists hit others with their vehicles and leave the scene. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAA) recently released a report that suggests hit and run crashes are increasing.

According to AAA, these accidents are increasing by roughly 7 percent each year. There are other important facts about the increase in hit and run accidents in the U.S.:

  • During 2016, there were 2,049 fatal hit and run crashes. Between 2009 and 2016, hit and runs increased by 62 percent.
  • There are several possible reasons why hit and run collisions are increasing. Safety advocates blame distracted driving, more vehicles on the road and an increase in cyclists. There is speculation that some drivers may be too distracted by their mobile phones to realize when they have hit cyclists or pedestrians.
  • Cyclists and pedestrians account for roughly 65 percent of hit and run deaths. Hit and run crashes account for almost 20 percent of fatal pedestrian and bicycle accidents.
  • An average of roughly 682,000 hit and run collisions occur each year.

Hit and run drivers kill or injure Colorado motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists each year. Last month, a hit and run driver fatally struck a motorcyclist at I-25 and I-70 in Denver. When police apprehended the driver, they determined he was under the influence of methamphetamine. Another hit and run crash in Boulder injured multiple cyclists. The driver is facing multiple criminal charges.

What to Do After a Hit and Run Accident

It is important to seek medical attention immediately after an accident. If you are able, then you should quickly write down anything you can remember about the vehicle and other details. You may also be able to recover these details from witnesses. Police can use this information to apprehend the hit and run driver.

You should also speak with an attorney if you or a loved one suffered harm in a hit and run crash. An attorney can help you determine options for recovering compensation if you suffered an injury or loss. The Denver personal injury attorneys at Lampert & Walsh, LLC offer free consultations. To schedule a consultation, call 720-489-5848 or use our online case review form.

Can I Be Injured at an Amusement Park?

Warm weather draws millions of people in the US to theme parks and fairs each year. However, you could also suffer injuries at these establishments. The CPSC estimates that emergency rooms treated 30,000 amusement park injuries in 2016. Rides only causes a fraction of these injuries.

Several recent amusement park accidents have captured the national spotlight. In 2016, a 10-year-old boy was decapitated on the “world’s tallest waterslide” at a Schlitterbahn in Kansas City. Recent court documents show the park’s management hired a team without the technical skills necessary to safely build the slide. Two individuals responsible for constructing the slide are facing manslaughter charges.

Another accident occurred at a Six Flags in New York last year. In this case, a 14-year-old girl fell 25-feet from a ride. Several other people on the ground caught her, possibly saving her life.

What Causes Amusement Park Injuries?

There are several reasons why an amusement park might be liable for a ride-related accident. Amusement parks could be liable if they did not perform proper maintenance on rides or if their staff members improperly operated rides. The manufacturer of a ride could also be liable for injuries or deaths.

There are also accidents at amusement parks that do not involve rides. Slip and fall accidents can injure park patrons. In addition, amusement parks may have areas that are dangerous to patrons because they contain moving parts or are under construction. Accidents can happen if these areas are not clearly marked.

Many amusement parks require you to sign liability waivers. Amusement parks may use these legal documents to protect themselves if there are injuries and deaths at their establishments. However, there are still cases where you could successfully bring a claim against the park or other parties. You should still speak to an attorney even if you have signed one of these waivers.

The Colorado premises liability lawyers at Lampert & Walsh, LLC could help you determine whether it is possible to recover compensation for an amusement park injury. You can contact us at no cost for a free consultation.

Car Seat Safety Tips for Protecting Your Child

Selecting the right car seat can mean the difference between life and death or minor injuries and serious injuries for your child. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains that car seat use reduces the risk of death by 54 percent for children between 1 and 4 years old. Car seats must be used correctly to receive the maximum benefit.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has several recommendations for selecting and using child car seats. These recommendations include:

  1. Buying the right type of car seat. There are various car seat types for different age groups. For instance, infants and very small children should only use rear-facing car seats. Children can use forward facing or booster seats as they become older or grow in size. NHTSA has more information on selecting a car seat based on your child’s size and age. You should also try to avoid purchasing a used car seat.
  2. Installing the seat correctly. Many child car seats are not installed correctly. In such cases, seats will not perform as well during a crash. You should always use the manufacturer’s instructions for an installation. NHTSA has installation instructions on its website for different types of car seats. However, may also be able to take the seat to a police or fire station for a free installation. NHTSA allows you to search for free installation services on its website.
  3. Registering the car seat. You should register your car seat with the manufacturer and NHTSA. This will allow you to receive an immediate notification of any future recalls. You can register with the manufacturer on NHTSA’s website.

What If My Child Is Injured in a Car Accident?

Tragedy can strike even if you follow the steps listed above. Lampert & Walsh, LLC is a Denver personal injury law firm with years of experience handling car accident cases. If you have questions about filing a car accident lawsuit, you can speak to one of our attorneys at no cost during a free consultation.

Did Porter Adventist Hospital Expose Patients to Deadly Viruses?

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is investigating surgical site infections and the transmission of bloodborne pathogens at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver. Health department officials found problems with how the hospital sterilized surgical tools after orthopedic and spine surgeries. Surgeons may have used contaminated surgical tools on patients. Infections were reported among patients who underwent orthopedic or spine surgeries between July 21, 2016 and April 5, 2018.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced that patients who received these surgical procedures may have been at risk of contracting hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV. You may contract these viruses through exposure to infected blood.

After the health department found sanitation problems, the hospital temporarily suspended surgeries. Surgeries resumed on Thursday on a limited schedule.

Were You Affected by the Porter Adventist Hospital Sterilization Breach?

Porter Adventist Hospital sent letters to patients affected by the sanitation breach. If you received surgery at the hospital or a letter, then you can receive testing for HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C.

While these three viruses are treatable, they are also potentially fatal and can result in severe health complications. Treatments for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C are expensive.

Can I Sue if I Develop an Infection from Surgery?

You may be entitled to compensation if you or a loved one contracted a surgical infection at Porter Adventist Hospital. The Denver medical malpractice attorneys at Lampert & Walsh, LLC can help you determine whether it would be possible to recover compensation. Our law firm is currently investigating claims against this hospital.

You can speak to one of our attorneys during a free consultation by calling 720-489-5848 or by using our confidential case review form. To learn more about our experience handling medical negligence cases, continue to explore our website.