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Pedestrians are vulnerable to injuries any time they walk near traffic or cross a street. Many people sustain serious injuries in pedestrian accidents throughout Longmont. Most pedestrian accidents happen because of a vehicle driver’s carelessness or wrongdoing.
If you suffered injuries in a Longmont pedestrian accident, you could obtain compensation from those responsible. However, pursuing compensation for your injuries requires the knowledge and skills of an experienced Longmont pedestrian accident attorney.
Allow the personal injury lawyers at Fuicelli & Lee to take on all of the complexities that insurance companies will throw at you after a Longmont pedestrian accident. Call our law firm today at (303) 355-7202 or contact us online for your free consultation.
Why Choose Fuicelli & Lee?
A boutique personal injury law firm serving Longmont and the rest of Colorado, Fuicelli & Lee offers these benefits to get the compensation you need:
- Our attorneys have almost 150 years of total legal experience, including substantial trial experience.
- We have recovered more than $142 Million in settlements and verdicts for our clients, and we will fight hard to get you the maximum financial recovery possible.
- We handle pedestrian accident claims in Longmont on a contingency fee basis. You won’t pay us anything upfront to represent you, and we will accept a fee only if we recover compensation for you.
Our lawyers have received many top rankings and awards from our peers for our remarkable professionalism, high ethical standards, and legal abilities. We have also received numerous five-star reviews and powerful testimonials from clients we have helped over the years. Other lawyers come to us for help with their hardest cases.
How Colorado State Law Protects Pedestrians?
Colorado law defines a pedestrian as anyone who walks or uses a wheelchair. Just like vehicle drivers, pedestrians must adhere to certain traffic laws and safety regulations to keep not only themselves safe but others as well.
Pedestrians With Disabilities
Pedestrians with disabilities can often take much longer to cross a road than able-bodied pedestrians. Both vehicle drivers and other pedestrians must take extra care when dealing with disabled pedestrians and not do anything that would jeopardize the pedestrian’s safety.
Indications of a disabled pedestrian include:
- A wheelchair.
- A cane or other mobility device.
- A service animal.
Blind or deaf pedestrians may not see “Walk/Don’t Walk” signs or hear signal bells that indicate it’s safe to cross. Drivers require patience when waiting for pedestrians with disabilities to cross the road. Many times, elderly pedestrians require extra time to make it across the road even without a disability.
Vehicle Driver’s Duty to Pedestrians
Whether or not a pedestrian suffers from disabilities, vehicle drivers should exercise due care toward all pedestrians. A driver must yield to a pedestrian whether or not they are in a crosswalk and use their horn if necessary to warn the pedestrian of danger.
Drivers should also use extra vigilance in residential neighborhoods and around school zones and park areas since children may run out into the road without warning.
Common Injuries Pedestrians Can Sustain
Pedestrians are more vulnerable to sustaining serious, even life-threatening, injuries in pedestrian accidents. Pedestrians have no protection from a car’s impact, and even a low-speed collision can cause severe injuries that require extensive medical treatment and physical therapy.
Some of the most common pedestrian accident injuries we see at Fuicelli & Lee include:
- Broken bones
- Puncture wounds
- Road rash
- Severe cuts
- Deep bruising
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Head injuries
- Neck and shoulder injuries, such as whiplash
- Spinal cord trauma with paralysis
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Scarring and disfigurement
Pedestrian accidents can cause more than physical injuries. The trauma of the event can cause serious psychological and emotional distress in victims, and victims can suffer from depression and other adverse mental conditions because they can no longer conduct daily activities and other interests they enjoy.
What Types of Compensation Can I Receive?
Through a pedestrian accident injury claim, you can pursue both special and general damages to cover various areas of your life your injuries affected. Special damages or economic damages refer to your easy-to-calculate financial losses.
They often include:
- Medical bills
- Therapy and rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Other out-of-pocket expenses
You may also pursue general damages. These non-economic damages cover the intangible losses and impacts to your life that do not have a defined dollar amount.
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
If someone’s egregious negligence, unlawfulness, or intentional harm injured you, you may also pursue punitive damages in court. Courts only award punitive or exemplary damages at their own discretion, and there’s no guarantee you will receive an award. However, if a drunk driver caused your injuries and police arrested them for DUI, for instance, your attorney may petition the court to award you punitive damages.
How Do I Get Compensation for My Pedestrian Accident Injuries in Longmont?
To pursue compensation for your pedestrian accident injuries, you must show that another party caused your injuries because of their negligence or wrongdoing. You will need an attorney to gather the necessary evidence to show you received treatment for your injuries and to prove the other party’s liability.
Evidence can include:
- Official police reports
- Accident reconstruction reports
- Surveillance video of the accident scene, if available
- Eyewitness statements
- Your medical bills and treatment expenses
- Treatment plans from your physicians
- Proof of lost income
- Receipts for other related out-of-pocket expenses
After gathering the necessary evidence, your lawyer will file an injury claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. They will also send a demand letter that specifies your injuries and explains why the other party is at fault.
The insurer will assign an adjuster to investigate your claim. The insurer may deny your claim outright, or they may accept your claim but not offer you enough money to cover all your expenses and losses. In these cases, your attorney can fight the insurance company to get them to honor your claim and pay you the full amount you ask for.
If your lawyer cannot reach a favorable settlement with the insurer or if insurance does not cover your injuries at all, you may need to take the at-fault party to court and sue them for the money you need.
Although personal injury trials can be stressful and time-consuming, going to trial may be the only recourse you have to get the money you deserve. Since Colorado only allows you two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in court, or three years if a motor vehicle was involved, you have no time to lose in starting the process.
The pedestrian accident attorneys at Fuicelli & Lee are seasoned trial lawyers with a high success rate. We will prepare your case for trial from the beginning to make us ready if the time comes. You can also rely on us to work diligently to settle your matter outside of court and get you the money you need sooner rather than later.
Contact Our Longmont Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Today
If you suffered severe injuries or lost a close family member in a pedestrian accident in Longmont, you need personalized attention from a local attorney who has your best interests at heart.
The Longmont pedestrian accident attorneys at Fuicelli & Lee are here for you 24/7, and we are committed to helping you get the maximum financial recovery possible. Contact us today at (303) 355-7202 for your free consultation.
Fuicelli & Lee, PC – Denver Office
1731 Gilpin Street
Denver, CO 80218
PHONE: (303) 355-7202