Experienced Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Serving Denver & the Greater Colorado Area for Three Decades
Pedestrian accidents have become a national problem due to lack of awareness on both the parts of pedestrians and drivers. In Colorado alone, over 600 pedestrians have lost their lives in the past 10 years. Survivors of pedestrian accidents face devastating personal injuries, not to mention loss of income. Many of these accidents are avoidable if a few safety precautions are taken into consideration.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident in Colorado, before you talk to anyone from the other party’s insurance company, talk to me.
I’ve handled thousands of personal injury cases over the past 30 years. Contact me for a free consultation at (303) 454-8000 or toll-free at (800) ROSEN-911, or by filling out the form on the right.
It’s important for drivers and pedestrians alike to know their rights when it comes to pedestrian accidents. Below is some information to help you stay informed about pedestrian safety.
Pedestrian Accident Facts & Resources
Many Colorado residents have been devastated by pedestrian accidents. Between 2000 and 2009, 607 people were killed while walking in Colorado, as reported on the Transportation for America Dangerous by Design 2011 report. These fatalities cost the state $2.61 billion. Reducing pedestrian fatalities by 10% would have saved Colorado $261.01 million over 10 years. The Denver-Aurora metro areas led the state in pedestrian fatalities during this time period with 397, followed by Colorado Springs with 36, Boulder with 25, and Greeley with 21.
- In January 2012, a fifteen-year-old Durango, Colorado girl was seriously injured when she was hit by a pickup truck while walking on U.S. Highway 550 at around 6 p.m. Wearing a long-sleeved black shirt and dark blue pants, the girl was nearly impossible to be seen in the dark, according to a report in the Durango Herald. Had she been walking on the left side of the road while facing traffic, she might have seen the vehicle coming toward her and avoided the crash.
- Colorado’s overall Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) is 42.8, which ranks 26 out of 50 states, according to the report. Older pedestrians died at a rate of 2.5 per 100,000 residents in Colorado, compared to 1.3 per 100,000 for residents under age 65 in the U.S., ranking the state 23rd nationally for fatality rate for pedestrians over the age of 65.
A National Problem
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 4,820 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2007, and another 118,278 pedestrians were injured.
- Statistics show one crash-related pedestrian fatality every 2 hours, and a pedestrian injury every four minutes.
- Pedestrians are one-and-a-half times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.
- Fatal pedestrian accidents account for almost 12 percent of total traffic deaths nationwide.
Older pedestrians were the most at risk, with those over age 65 accounting for 18 percent of all pedestrian deaths and 10 percent of all pedestrian injuries in 2008. Eighty-nine pedestrians in Colorado aged 65 years or older were killed in accidents from 2000-2007.
Alcohol impairment, either of the driver or of the pedestrian, was reported in 48 percent of the accidents that resulted in the death of a pedestrian. Of the pedestrians involved, 36 percent had a blood alcohol level over the legal limit. Most pedestrian deaths occurred at night in non-intersection locations in urban areas.
Common Causes of Accidents Involving Pedestrians
Pedestrians can put themselves in danger of being hit if they leave a curb suddenly and walk or run into the path of a moving vehicle. According to Colorado law, pedestrians have the right-of-way to the crosswalk, although they must avoid crossing a roadway at any point other than a marked crosswalk. Between adjacent intersections where traffic signals are in operation, pedestrians cannot legally cross at any place other than a marked crosswalk, and may not cross a roadway intersection diagonally.
Motorists can cause pedestrian accidents when they fail to come to a complete stop at a stop light, fail to stop before turning right at an intersection, crowd pedestrians on a road or street, drive too fast in residential areas, and drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Safety Tips for Pedestrians and Drivers
Here are few tips from the University of Colorado/Boulder for pedestrians to follow to reduce the likelihood of an accident. Pedestrians should:
- Make themselves visible and avoid dangerous behavior and situations.
- Make eye contact with drivers, and be especially careful at intersections, where drivers often fail to yield the right-of-way to them.
- Increase their visibility while walking at night by carrying a flashlight and wearing light-colored or reflective clothing.
- Cross the street at designated crosswalks, and stay on the sidewalk, whenever possible.
- Walk facing the oncoming traffic, if walking on the sidewalk or in crosswalks is not possible.
- Pay attention to their surroundings at all times, and especially when wearing headphones while walking.
Drivers can also help reduce pedestrian accidents. Drivers should:
- Be aware of crossing pedestrians in marked and unmarked crosswalks, and never pass a vehicle stopped at a pedestrian crosswalk.
- Obey the posted speed limit and always be prepared to stop for a pedestrian, especially in school areas.
- Be aware of pedestrians when turning and yield the right-of-way to them.
Contact Colorado Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Daniel R. Rosen
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident the fastest way to find out if you have a case is to schedule a free consultation with me. Just fill out the form on the right, or call our Denver office at (303) 454-8000 or toll-free at (800) ROSEN-911.
At the Law Offices of Daniel R. Rosen, it’s our goal to get you through your accident or personal injury claim as quickly and smoothly as we can. I personally handle every single case that comes across my desk, and I have three decades of experience handling personal injury cases.