Longmont Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Pedestrian Accident Claims in Colorado
Pedestrians are a common and welcome sight in many Colorado cities. Yet,
the state may be becoming a more dangerous place for people who get around
on two feet. In 2018, 90
pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in Colorado—a 40% increase from 2015.
The Law Offices of Edward Smith, our Longmont pedestrian accident lawyer has over 29 of experience helping
accident victims across Colorado win the compensation they deserve following
a traffic accident. If you or a loved one was hit by a car or other motor
vehicle while walking, you may be able to receive compensation that will
pay for your medical bills, physical therapy, lost wages from missed work,
and more. We will evaluate your case during a free, no-obligation consultation
with founding attorney Ed Smith.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Most pedestrian accidents are the fault of a motorist. People driving cars
tend to look out for hazards in the road and from other drivers, so they
are not always anticipating a person at a crosswalk or otherwise near
or on the road.
The most common causes of pedestrian accidents are:
- When a driver fails to check for pedestrians in a crosswalk or intersection
while passing through or turning
- When a driver fails to stop at a traffic signal or sign
- Distracted driving, such as texting or eating while driving
- Reckless driving, such as speeding or
driving while under the influence (DUI)
In cases such as the above, it is generally straightforward to prove that
the motorist was liable for the accident. Simply being hit by a car while
crossing a street does not guarantee that you can make a personal injury
claim, however—you must prove that the driver who hit you was negligent
and that your yourself were at little or no fault in the accident. If
you cross a road at an intersection while a “Don’t walk”
sign is being displayed, for instance, the fault will most likely fall
to you and not on the driver who hit you.
Should I Seek Medical Attention After an Accident?
Always seek medical attention after an accident. Because pedestrians don’t
have the protection of airbags and a chassis like motorists do, they tend
to suffer the most serious injuries in traffic accidents.
Common injuries that pedestrians suffer include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Wrongful death
It is vital that you visit a doctor shortly after your accident even if
you feel fine and don’t have any obvious injuries like cuts or bruises.
Injuries involving head trauma and other internal damage may not manifest
until days or weeks after the accident. Instead of waiting and perhaps
suffering more than necessary, it’s best to head to a doctor right
away just in case.
Seeking medical attention has an added benefit as well. Having a traceable
paper trail documenting your health after an accident will strengthen
your personal injury claim. If you don’t visit a doctor after your
accident and get a diagnosis, the at-fault driver’s insurance company
may use this information against you to argue you are lying about your
injuries. Having medical records on file adds to your credibility.
Can a Pedestrian Be at Fault in a Car Pedestrian Accident?
A pedestrian can be either partially or fully at fault for a car pedestrian
accident despite the fact that motor vehicles must always yield to pedestrians
while they are in the road. This is because pedestrians still have a responsibility
to ensure they are following traffic laws. Some of the most common situations
where a pedestrian can be found at fault are:
- A pedestrian was crossing against the traffic signal
- A pedestrian was crossing the road outside a crosswalk
- A pedestrian was walking where pedestrian access is clearly not allowed
There are many factors that need to be considered when it comes to pedestrian
accident liability. If you have been injured, contact Longmont pedestrian
accident attorneys today to learn how we can help you.
“We Were Rear-Ended By An 18-Wheeler and Hired Ed to Help Us.”- Brooke Johnston
“He took care of everything which was a big relief. I got a settlement that was way more than what I expected.”- David B.
“For any other person seeking to redress a personal injury case, I couldn't recommend anyone higher for your consideration than Mr. Edward Smith, Esquire.”- Charlotte M.