Colorado is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. Knowing this, it is no wonder that the number of pedestrians and bicyclists in the state has been growing more and more. After all, who wouldn’t want to take advantage of the open air and natural beauty all around us?
Walking around certainly has many advantages. It is cheaper than driving and it is much better for your health. It can also be a nice way to spend time with your loved ones. Unfortunately, walking around in Colorado still comes with its own set of risks–especially in more crowded, urban areas of the state.
Officials anticipate pedestrian accidents when creating traffic rules and regulations. These laws, of course, are meant to keep everyone on the road safe–whether they be drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, or simply passengers. Still, accidents happen. After all, you can do everything right and still have something go wrong if someone else acts negligently.
According to a study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were over 4,700 pedestrian fatalities in the year 2013 alone. This number accounted for 14 percent of total traffic fatalities that year. Statistics also show that almost 80,000 pedestrians, joggers, and/or bicyclists are hit by a vehicle every year.
Obviously, nobody wants to become another statistic. No human is a formidable match for a 2,000-pound vehicle coming their way. This makes it even more important to be prepared for the worst-case scenario. Do you know what to do if you are ever hit by a car in a pedestrian accident? In this blog post, we will give you a brief overview of the basics.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the groups most at risk for being involved in a pedestrian accident are some of the most vulnerable groups in society. In fact, studies show that children are actually at the highest risk of being hit by a car. Such cases can easily become absolutely devastating and even result in wrongful death. Because of this, drivers are legally obligated to a higher duty of care when they are driving in areas where children may be present.
Of course, even pedestrian accidents that don’t result in wrongful death can still be very serious. Most pedestrian accidents, like most personal injury accidents in general, happen as a result of negligence. This negligence may have happened on the part of the driver, the pedestrian, or even a little bit of both. If you have suffered damages (either economic or non-economic) as a result of somebody else’s negligence, you may be entitled to seek out legal help and receive compensation for your losses.
If you have been hit by a car, it is vitally important for you to seek out medical care immediately. This is true even if you do not feel like you have suffered any major injuries. There is a multitude of reasons this is true. For one thing, many symptoms take a while to fully manifest. This is due in part to the protective adrenaline the body produces following an accident. Failing to treat your injury early on has the potential to worsen it.
You may also end up sabotaging your own personal injury case if you wait to see a doctor. As we have already established, it can take time for some injuries to fully manifest. If you wait until you feel the full effects of your injuries, the defendant (e.g., the person you are raising a case against) and their team may argue that you are exaggerating or even faking your injuries.
You should not hesitate to seek out medical treatment even if you feel like you were at fault for the accident. After all, it is absolutely crucial for you to put your own health and well-being first. Furthermore, it may still be possible that the driver was at least partially at fault for the accident as well. In any case, it is important to remember that the outcome of your case will not be dependent on one sole factor. Rather, it will be a result of a careful consideration of all the details of your case as a whole.
When it comes to personal injury, it is important to act quickly. This does not mean that you need to rush your case or pick the first lawyer you come across. You want to make sure that your case gets treated with the careful consideration it deserves. However, you will want to be using your time efficiently.
Every personal injury case relies on evidence. It is almost always easier to get evidence immediately after an accident than it is after some time has passed. If you are ever involved in a pedestrian accident, you should start compiling evidence as soon as you can. This means taking photographs of the accident scene, your injuries, and anything else that might be relevant. You will also want to get the contact information of any potential witnesses.
It can feel difficult and overwhelming to get all the relevant evidence you need on your own, especially if you do not have a full and comprehensive understanding of the law. Procuring a trusted Colorado personal injury lawyer can help you take care of that. The right lawyer will help you determine how much your case is worth and how to go about recovering it.
If you or a loved one have recently been involved in an auto accident, we at Injury Victim Law may be able to help. Though we are a Colorado-based firm, our team of experts and investigators is ready and available to assist personal injury victims all across the country. You should never pay for somebody else’s mistakes, especially if you have been the victim of a pedestrian accident. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced nationwide personal injury attorneys. We have helped countless clients successfully resolve their cases. We can help you too. Let us fight for you and get you the compensation you rightfully deserve.