pedestrian accident lawyersThe single most dangerous thing that threatens the safety of pedestrians walking along or near a crosswalk is an automobile. Ill-attentive drivers, or drivers who are ignorant of the traffic laws that are designed to protect pedestrians cause a number of fatal accidents, and countless injuries, to victim pedestrians each year. Some examples of provisions especially intended to protect pedestrians under Colorado law include:

Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

While there are laws in place to protect pedestrians, many drivers do not know the laws, or are negligent or reckless while driving and cause accidents by hitting the pedestrian with their vehicle. Accidents involving pedestrians happen for a number of reasons, and are largely due to the negligent actions of drivers. Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents are attributable to a driver’s failure to:

Types of Injuries Pedestrians Suffer

When a pedestrian is struck by a car, a number of different injuries can occur. Impact injuries are very common since there is little to nothing protecting the pedestrian from the impact with a fast-moving, multi-ton vehicle. Injuries to the lower extremities are common as most pedestrians are struck while walking or standing.

Forward momentum from the fast-moving vehicle is transferred to the pedestrian as he or she is struck, causing the pedestrian to be thrown to the ground many feet from where the impact with the vehicle took place. An impact with the ground often results in scraps, bruising, broken bones, head injuries and sometimes is fatal for the victim pedestrian. Some of the most severe injuries include loss of limbs, brain trauma, and spinal cord injuries.

Recovery after a pedestrian accident is often long and painful. It can take many months to recover, and a lot of money. Some victims require walking or mobility aids, or months of physical therapy and rehabilitation, just to get back to some semblance of what they are used to.

Laws Also Apply To Pedestrians

There are a number of laws that pedestrians must abide by as well. For instance, pedestrians should never leave a curb side suddenly and enter traffic, should never run into a roadway or cross an intersection diagonally, should use marked crosswalks to get across roads, and while in the marked crosswalk area, pedestrians should exercise reasonable care. Even though pedestrians have laws to follow as well, if a pedestrian is involved in an accident with a vehicle, the victim pedestrian should consult with an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer regarding the accident, even if the pedestrian might be partially responsible for the accident. If the driver acted negligently in some way that contributed to the accident, the pedestrian victim may be entitled to financial compensation for his or her injuries.

Who Can Be Held Liable for Pedestrian Accidents?

If the pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, the driver of the vehicle is most likely liable for any injuries suffered by the pedestrian, unless the pedestrian contributed greatly or caused his or her injuries, and the driver was exercising appropriate care at the time of the accident and was not negligent or reckless.

When the vehicle is a commercial vehicle, the pedestrian may be able to seek damages for his or her injuries suffered during the accident from the driver’s employer, if the driver was on duty when the accident occurred. Similarly, if the accident involves a bus, for example, that is owned and operated by the city, the pedestrian may be able to seek damages from the city.

Pedestrian Accident Damages

Pedestrians that are the victims of motor vehicle accidents may seek damages for their injuries. This can include medical expenses due to the injury, medical surveillance costs, future medical expenses that are anticipated as a by product of the accident (i.e., continued care, long-term rehabilitation, future surgical procedures, etc.), permanent disability, disfigurement, pain and suffering, loss of income for time lost at work due to the injury and loss of future income if the injury has rendered the victim disabled or incapable of maintaining his or her current income earning ability.