Pedestrian accidents are often serious and life changing for pedestrians. Even an accident that occurs at low speeds can result in fatal injuries, especially to children or the elderly. Even if a pedestrian does survive, it is likely that their injuries will be severe and may even result in permanent disability.
When a pedestrian is involved in an accident, he or she may suffer serious injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal hemorrhaging
These injuries may result in permanent paralysis, brain damage, or loss of life.
When Motor Vehicle Drivers are to Blame
Motorists who simply fail to notice the pedestrian in the roadway cause the vast majority of pedestrian accidents. The pedestrian may be crossing the street or jogging on the side of the road. When motor vehicle drivers engage in distracted driving behaviors, such as texting, talking on the cellphone, or handling GPS devices, they often take their eyes off the road—resulting in deadly pedestrian accidents.
When the Pedestrian is at Fault
Of course there are certain situations in which the pedestrian may be at fault. While drivers must drive carefully and watch for pedestrians, pedestrians also have a responsibility to pay attention to their surroundings. A pedestrian may step out from behind a row of parked cars with absolutely no warning, leaving the driver little choice but to hit them. Pedestrians are also guilty of talking on a cell phone, texting, or listening to music so loudly they are unable to hear an approaching car.
When You’ve Been a Victim of a Pedestrian Accident
The most common victims of pedestrian accidents are the elderly and small children who simply don’t understand the potentially deadly consequences of running across a busy street. It can take an elderly person longer to cross the street and when a distracted driver comes upon them they may be unable to stop quickly enough.
You could find yourself injured, unable to work and with no way to pay your medical bills. Under Colorado Revised Statutes § 13-80-101, if you have suffered pedestrian injuries by an automobile, your claim for damages must be filed within three years of the date of your injury. While this may sound like a significant time period, it can pass quickly, therefore it is important that you speak to a Denver pedestrian accident attorney who can ensure your case is filed within the statute of limitations and that you receive just compensation for your injuries.
From the moment you are injured, you will need a Denver pedestrian injuries accident attorney on your side to investigate all angles of your accident. Your attorney will need to clearly establish who is to blame for the accident, so you can maximize your compensation and receive the money you will need to recover from your injuries. If necessary, your Denver pedestrian accident lawyer will need to employ accident recreation experts, forensic specialists, and expert testimony to build a solid case.
Contact Denver Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Today
If someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident in Denver, contact Colorado personal injury attorney Robert Paysinger today. Robert can answer all of your questions and let you know what kind of compensation you may be entitled to under Colorado law. Our law firm offers FREE case consultations and can be reached at 303. 279.0221.
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