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The Dangers of Car vs Pedestrian Accidents

accident. knocked down pedestrianDenver police are responding to an alarming number of car vs pedestrian accidents. Early in July, law enforcement responded to two such accidents in the same evening. One of the accidents was at Jewell Avenue and Federal Boulevard, the other one took place in the 1800 block of South Quebec Way- both involved injuries.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nearly 5,000 pedestrians die every year in motor vehicle-related accidents, and another 76,000 pedestrians suffer injuries. Data shows that a great number of these accidents occur at non-intersections in urban areas, such as when pedestrians are attempting to cross a busy highway.

The Denver-Aurora-Broomsfield area had 349 pedestrian fatalities recorded between 2003 and 2012.

Pedestrian Accident Injuries 

Pedestrians who are injured by vehicles can sustain devastating injuries, which often necessitate modifications to their homes and vehicles to facilitate the activities of daily life. Victims may also require additional surgeries and physical therapy to regain independent mobility. If victims survive the accident, they may face life-changing injuries, including:

·         Brain and head injuries,

·         Fractured and broken bones,

·         Back, neck, and spinal cord injuries,

·         Amputation of limbs, or

·         Scarring and disfigurement.

Safety Tips for Drivers

Following some common-sense rules of the road and practicing safe driving techniques can go a long way toward lowering your risk of harming a pedestrian. Stay focused on the task at hand. Avoid distractions such as cell phones, eating/drinking, or putting on makeup while behind the wheel.

Always be on the lookout for pedestrians, especially in school zones, coming to a complete stop at crosswalks to allow them to cross safely. Never pull into or block a crosswalk. This puts pedestrians at greater risk when they must walk around your vehicle.

Further Reading: The Safest Cars on the Road

Safety Tips for Pedestrians

There are steps pedestrians can follow, as well, to reduce their risk of being struck by a vehicle. Pedestrians should wear bright-colored or reflective clothing. Use a sidewalk when available, and avoid walking after dark, if possible. Don’t wear headphones or talk/text while walking.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nearly 5,000 pedestrians die every year in motor vehicle-related accidents, and another 76,000 pedestrians suffer injuries. Data shows that a great number of these accidents occur at non-intersections in urban areas, such as when pedestrians are attempting to cross a busy highway.

Contact Our Experienced Denver Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

Colorado Car Accident Lawyer John R. Fuller and His StaffIf you or someone you love has been involved in a pedestrian accident, our experienced Denver pedestrian accident lawyers can help. Contact the Denver Law Firm of John R. Fuller, P.C. today at 303-597-4500 for a free initial consultation. We can help you fight for your rights to maximum compensation and ensure that you and your family have the money you need to recover.