Denver Pedestrian Accident Attorney
There is no reason a vehicle should ever strike a pedestrian if all parties obey the rules of the road. The designs of Colorado’s streets, sidewalks, and intersections make it so that either pedestrians or motorists have the right-of-way at a time, never both at once. The only time vehicles cross the paths of pedestrians is when one or both parties ignore the rules. Since motor vehicles have all the power in these types of collisions, it is drivers that owe the higher standards of care to pedestrians. If a driver recently hit you while walking in Denver, learn your rights. Talk to a pedestrian accident lawyer at Jordan Law.
Do You Need a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer?
Motor vehicle drivers should always be attentive and watchful for crossing pedestrians. Yet in some cases, a collision isn’t entirely the driver’s fault – it’s because of an unsafe or poorly designed intersection. Denver government is responsible for the safety of vulnerable road users like pedestrians. They must design safe intersections and install devices such as crosswalk signals as necessary to ensure pedestrian protection. Badly designed intersections can increase the risk of pedestrian-vehicle collisions, making crossings confusing and unsafe.
If this is the case, victims might have grounds to sue the government for damages. You might be able to hold more than one party responsible for you or a loved one’s recent accident. To explore your rights with help from experienced, trial-tested attorneys, call the personal injury attorneys in Denver at Jordan Law.
What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident in Denver
There are things you can do to strengthen your claim to compensation, starting in the first minutes and hours after the collision. Jason Jordan or one of his associates will be more than happy to walk you through the steps of a pedestrian collision claim when you call to request a free consultation. In the meantime, keep these three steps in mind as general guidelines for what to do after a collision:
- In Colorado, it is the law to call the police and report a crash if it causes any injuries or property damage, whatsoever. When police arrive, make sure to give them your side of the story.
Seek medical attention ASAP
- Do not wait to see a doctor, even if you feel fine. Head injuries are common in pedestrian accidents, as are broken bones. Go to the hospital for medical care, and keep copies of your medical records and documents.
Review your rights with a lawyer
- Get help from Jordan Law in reviewing your rights and opportunities for financial recovery after a Denver driver strikes you with a vehicle. As a vulnerable road user, you likely have grounds to sue an at-fault driver for negligence.
Bringing a personal injury claim against the driver could result in full compensation for your accident-related hospital bills, attorney’s fees, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages. It could also show the negligent driver that his or her actions have consequences. An attorney can help you file a claim with the civil courts in Denver, or to negotiate a fair settlement with the driver’s insurance company. We can be here for you in many different capacities after you suffer injuries in a pedestrian accident.
The Most Dangerous Denver Intersections for Pedestrians
All pedestrians in the Denver area should know the most dangerous intersections. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock revealed the findings of an analysis of pedestrian accidents in Denver for 2015, and the study showed the most dangerous intersections in Denver for pedestrians, which include:
- Colfax Avenue and Pennsylvania Street. The only street on the list with more than two lanes is Colfax Avenue, and the study reported six accidents within the intersection and another ten nearby.
- South Colorado Boulevard and East Mississippi Street. This intersection was the scene of seven accidents in or near the intersection during the studied time period.
- South Lincoln Street and Speer Boulevard. This intersection also had seven accidents in or near the intersection during the same time.
- North Federal Boulevard and West 10th This intersection also tied with the previous two with seven accidents in or near the intersection during the reviewed timeframe.
- 13th Avenue and Broadway. There were seven accidents in this intersection and ten nearby during the study period.
- South Federal Boulevard and West Kentucky Avenue. Between 2014 and 2016, three of nine fatal pedestrian accidents occurred in this intersection. There were eight accidents within the intersection and another nine nearby during the study period.
- South Federal Boulevard and West Florida Avenue. This intersection witnessed 78 crashes in a four-year period and nine accidents in the intersection during the study period.
- Colfax Avenue and Broadway. There were 11 accidents in or near this intersection during the studied timeframe.
- Colfax Avenue, Franklin Street, and Park Avenue. This three-way intersection experienced 11 accidents in the intersection and another 12 nearby during the study period.
- 20th and Market Street. This is statistically the most dangerous intersection in the area, with 13 accidents in the intersection and 20 nearby during the study period. Over the last several years, about half of all pedestrian accidents occurred at this intersection.
Anyone driving in Denver should use extra caution at these intersections, and pedestrians should be especially careful. In addition to avoiding intersections known to be hazardous to pedestrians, there are a few other best practices a pedestrian may use to limit his or her chances of experiencing a serious accident.
Tips for Avoiding Accidents as a Pedestrian
If you are a pedestrian in Denver, there are a few best practices you should follow to minimize your chances of suffering serious injuries in an accident. It’s vital for pedestrians to remember they are harder to see than vehicles, and inattentiveness and illegal street crossing can greatly contribute to pedestrian accidents.
Pedestrians should always cross intersections at designated crosswalks, but only when it is safe to do so. Wait for the “Walk” indicator to illuminate before stepping into the street, and take care to look both ways before crossing even if you have the right-of-way. A driver who is not paying attention may run through an intersection without regard for pedestrians. Headphones can limit your situational awareness, so it is always best to refrain from using them around busy intersections.
Pedestrians can also limit their chances of suffering injuries from cars by making themselves more visible. This can include sticking to illuminated walking paths, wearing reflective clothing at night and making eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. It’s also vital to avoid jaywalking. Jaywalking is crossing a street outside of the designated crosswalk. Although a minor infraction, it is still illegal and may lead to a citation from a police officer. Additionally, jaywalking can mean stepping out in front of drivers who do not expect to see a pedestrian in the middle of the road. Under Colorado’s negligence laws, a pedestrian who suffers an injury due to jaywalking will likely absorb some degree of fault for his or her damages.