The newest report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) states that the number of pedestrians killed in Colorado last year dropped from 33 to 23.
The GHSA findings, which rely on preliminary data, reported that there were 2,125 fatal pedestrian accidents during the first half of 2014. That number was down from 2,141 pedestrian deaths the previous year.
Across the country, 21 states experienced declines in the number of pedestrian deaths, 24 states experienced increases, and five states’ numbers remained the same. Wyoming reported the fewest pedestrian deaths with only one for each six-month period.
Pedestrians who are injured by vehicles sustain devastating injuries, which can often require modifications to their homes and vehicles to facilitate the activities of daily life. Victims may also require additional surgeries and physical therapy to regain independent mobility. Even when pedestrian accident victims survive, they may face life-altering injuries, including:
Pedestrians who are injured may seek damages for their injuries, if the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence. In addition, one or more parties may be responsible for the accident, including the driver of the vehicle, and perhaps even the city or county.
Motorists owe a certain duty of care to others using the roadways. Common factors contributing to driver negligence include speeding, substance abuse, and distracted driving.
However, pedestrians, too, are responsible for exercising reasonable care for their own safety. If a pedestrian fails to do so, he or she may be assessed with contributory negligence. This will affect the amount of compensation to which they are entitled. Examples of pedestrian negligence include failure to use crosswalks, failure to obey crossing signals, and disrupting the traffic flow.
There are steps pedestrians can follow to reduce their risk of being struck by a vehicle. Pedestrians should wear bright-colored or reflective clothing. Use a sidewalk when available, and avoid walking after dark, if possible. Don’t wear headphones and talk or text while walking.
When crossing the street, even on a crosswalk, don’t assume all traffic will stop. Watch for turning vehicles and visually clear all lanes you must cross. Look left, right, then left again before crossing and always stay alert.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident in Longmont, Denver, or anywhere in the State of Colorado, it is important to seek legal help immediately. Your Longmont pedestrian accident lawyer can help you obtain the money you need to recover from your devastating injuries. Contact the Longmont personal injury law firm of Fuicelli & Lee, PC, for a free case evaluation. You pay nothing unless you receive a financial settlement or award. Call our office at 303-355-7202 or fill out our confidential contact form.
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