You may have seen billboards, signs on public transportation or social media posts reminding those in Colorado to be alert for pedestrians. If you have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, you certainly do not need a reminder. Unfortunately, many drivers are not looking out for those on foot.
A recent safety awareness campaign showed pictures of shoes and other items pedestrians left behind in the streets after a motor vehicle struck them. It is a shocking reminder of the kinds of injuries a victim may suffer in such an accident. While summer may be nearing an end, the weather remains warm, and more people are choosing to walk, whether for pleasure or as a means of transportation. If drivers are negligent or reckless, anyone in the way may be vulnerable.
Your caution only goes so far
Pedestrians have no protection, and even a compact car can weigh over a ton. When a driver is speeding or fails to see a pedestrian in time to slow down or stop, the impact can be devastating. Colorado safety advocates remind pedestrians to make themselves visible, use sidewalks whenever possible and cross the street in a crosswalk. However, even following these and other safety rules is not always enough to protect someone in any of the following or other circumstances:
- A driver is speeding in an area where pedestrians are common.
- A driver is impaired by drugs or alcohol.
- A driver is distracted by using a cellphone, talking to passengers, eating or other activities.
- A driver fails to stop for pedestrians who are legally using the crosswalk.
- A driver neglects to activate his or her headlights as the sun goes down.
The number of pedestrian fatalities continues to climb year after year. In fact, almost 13% of those who die in motor vehicle accidents are pedestrians. Of course, these numbers may mean little to you if you are struggling to recover from your injuries or grieving the tragic loss of a family member.
While no amount of money can return your life to the way it was before the accident, compensation for your suffering and loss may help you cope with the aftermath and also send a strong message to other drivers about the importance of safe driving. A compassionate attorney may offer some guidance for pursuing justice in the civil courts.