Denver Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
You were hit by a car. What happens now? Is the driver who hit you supposed to pay for everything? What if he argues that it was partly your fault? What if his insurance doesn’t cover all your medical bills? Worse yet, what happens if the driver hit you and sped off, leaving you alone in the street?
At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. we have answered all of these questions before. Better still, we’ve worked to get them just and full compensation for their injuries, and we may be able to do the same for you. If you were injured by a collision with a vehicle, please call (877) 433-3906 today for a free initial consultation. Our trial lawyers will sit down with you to explain all your legal options, and guide you in the right direction.
Pedestrians are hit by cars more often than we’d like to think. On average, a pedestrian is killed every two hours (and injured every eight minutes) in the United States, according to the most recent data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. With the growing popularity of larger vehicles like SUVs and full-size pickups and the growing distractions of our technological age, these accidents will only get worse.
This is a complicated question. No, pedestrians do not always have the right to walk wherever and whenever they like in traffic. However, motor vehicles are supposed to yield to them every time a conflict arises and the pedestrian is in danger. Since vehicles can do so much more damage, they have a greater responsibility to not harm pedestrians.
That’s not what we see on the roads. At intersections, motorists don’t come to complete stops. They try to turn quickly, not even looking to see if there’s a pedestrian in the crosswalk. Or they’re too busy tapping away at their phones to notice people walking. Sadly, more than 20% of pedestrian accident victims are children under 14.
Though pedestrians can share blame for an accident, that does not mean drivers get off scot-free. Colorado and many other states operate under a contributory negligence theory: if you are more than 50% responsible for contributing to the accident, you cannot recover compensation. But pedestrians rarely hold the majority of the fault for an accident, and even getting a portion of your bills paid by the driver can make a huge difference in your life.
More than 5,000 pedestrians are killed and 70,000 injured every year in the U.S. According to the NHTSA’s crash statistics, most pedestrians are hit in frontal impacts with passenger vehicles and light trucks. Pedestrian accidents account for almost one-fifth of fatal traffic accidents in the United States, and alcohol is a factor in nearly half of all fatal crashes. Nearly 20% of pedestrians who are hit suffer a hit-and-run. In our experience, we at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. can confirm what the NHTSA has found:
- Most pedestrians are hit in urban areas.
- Most pedestrians are NOT hit in intersections.
- Most pedestrians are hit after dark, between 6 p.m. and 12 a.m.
- Children 10-14 are more likely to be injured.
- Children under 5 are more likely to be killed.
- The male pedestrian fatality rate is twice the female pedestrian fatality rate.
- Head and lower extremity injuries are the most common.
Each motorist has a responsibility to look out for other drivers, pedestrians, and motorcyclists. This is known as a duty of care. When drivers do not take reasonable measures to prevent harm to the people around them, they can be held legally (and financially) responsible for their actions.
Crash-related injuries are usually catastrophic for pedestrians. They require serious medical treatment, yet at-fault drivers and their insurance companies don’t want to pay what these injuries are worth. After a collision, the driver’s insurance company may act friendly and offer you a settlement. But you shouldn’t take anything before talking to an experienced personal injury attorney. Insurance companies want to settle your claim for as little money as possible, and they want to do it right now, before you figure out how much your injuries will really cost in the long run.
We know how stressful and traumatizing it is to be hit by a motor vehicle. Many victims of vehicle collisions suffer serious post-traumatic stress and flashbacks, sometimes making it hard for them to continue to work. We know that insurance companies aren’t going to offer you that additional money to cover your emotional pain, but an experienced trial lawyer knows how to ask for it - and get it.
We at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. have decades of successful experience handling pedestrian accident claims and dealing with insurance companies. We know the pain and frustration you feel after an accident, and we want to make recovery as easy as possible for you and your family.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a crash, please speak to an attorney right away. Each state has deadlines for filing a personal injury claim called statutes of limitations. The sooner we can start our investigation into your accident, the better. To speak to Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. please call (877) 433-3906.
- Pedestrian Safety - CDC
- Pedestrian Safety - NHTSA
- Pedestrians - Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)