A report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association has brought some good news: pedestrian deaths in accidents on Colorado’s roads appear to be going down. The release, which is based on preliminary findings, indicates that 2,125 pedestrians died in accidents across the United States during the first half of 2014, which is down from 2,141 during the first half of 2013. In Colorado, pedestrian deaths over that same one-year period dropped from 33 to 23, according to the Denver Business Journal. While 21 states saw decreases in fatal pedestrian accidents, 24 states had increases and 5 remained the same.
Unfortunately, despite the good news of a decline in fatalities, pedestrian accidents continue to be fairly common in Colorado. CBS Denver recently reported that police in the city are actively working to reduce the number of instances after having to respond to 277 pedestrian accidents during the first half of 2015. In July, a pedestrian was killed after being struck by a drunk driver in Colorado Springs, according to Fox 21 News, and The Gazette reported in April that a woman walking on the sidewalk was hit and killed by a drunk driver who ran over the curb.
When pedestrian meets vehicle, the pedestrian suffers the most because of the difference in weight, speed and protection. A pedestrian who is hit by a car might suffer serious injuries, including:
If you’ve been in a pedestrian accident, make sure to get proper medical care as soon as possible, even if you don’t think you’re seriously injured. Some injuries don’t show up right away, and waiting to get care can prolong your recovery, lead to complications, and harm your case. Keep copies of proof of any losses related to your accident, your medical bills, and proof of your medical expenses. You might be able to receive compensation for those costs and losses.
Don’t speak to anyone outside of trusted family and friends about what happened to you, and don’t make posts about the case on social media. Letting details get out there can damage your case later. Refer any questions about the case from insurers or the other party’s attorney to your own legal representation. Be sure to report your side of the story to the police if you weren’t able to do so at the scene of the accident.
As a victim of a pedestrian accident in Colorado, you might be entitled to damages for your losses and compensation for your suffering. Speak to Zaner Harden Law about your pedestrian accident case by calling 303-563-5354 to get yourself started on your journey to recovery. Learn more at: www.zanerhardenlaw.com.