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Denver Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Walking is a healthy, eco-friendly activity that is becoming riskier every year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,987 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in 2016, as compared to 5,495 in 2015 and 4,910 in 2014.

If you have been injured as a pedestrian, your best course of action is to consult with an experienced Denver pedestrian accident lawyer as soon as possible. Our Denver accident lawyers at The Fang Law Firm are dedicated advocates for injured pedestrians.

Why Choose Us as Your Attorneys?

  • Our Denver pedestrian accident attorneys have been litigating and winning cases for more than a decade.
  • We have a success rate of 98%.
  • All our cases are handled directly by attorneys.
  • We do not employ legal assistants or paralegals.
  • We give you our undivided attention, maintain a direct line of communication, and remain available to our clients for questions or concerns at any time of the day.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

NHTSA reports that:

  • On average, a pedestrian was killed every 1.5 hours in 2016.
  • In 2015, the most recent year for which injury statistics are available, 70,000 pedestrians were injured in the U.S.
  • Of the 5,987 pedestrians killed in 2016, 39% had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .01 or higher.

As stated by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA):

  • 23 states in the U.S. and DC had increases in pedestrian fatalities in the first half of 2017 compared with the same period in 2016.
  • 20 states had decreases in pedestrian fatalities.
  • 7 states remained the same.
  • The seven states and DC that legalized recreational marijuana between 2012 and 2016 (including Colorado) reported a collective 16.4% increase in pedestrian fatalities for the first six months of 2017.
  • All other states collectively reported a 5.8% decrease in pedestrian deaths.
  • Colorado had 1.52 pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 population in 2016.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Drivers have a duty to exercise the level of care that a reasonable person would use under the circumstances. Breach of that duty is considered negligence. Some of the most common factors contributing to pedestrian accidents caused by negligent drivers include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians at crosswalks
  • Speeding
  • Failure to signal when turning
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Drivers have a special duty of care to children, as they are smaller, less visible, and less predictable than adults. Drivers must exercise greater care when children are present, for example, in school zones or driving by parks and residential areas.

Who Is Liable?

A driver who breaches the duty of care may be held liable for pedestrian accidents and injuries. Drivers should operate with extra caution when pedestrians are nearby. Even if a driver is traveling at or below the speed limit, he or she should slow down or stop to avoid hitting a pedestrian in the road. A pedestrian can be held liable if the driver is going the speed limit and the pedestrian behaves in a careless way that makes it impossible for the driver to avoid hitting the pedestrian – for example, jumping out in front of the vehicle or walking in the street at night wearing dark clothing.

Contact The Fang Law Firm

Our experienced Denver pedestrian accident attorneys at The Fang Law Firm can investigate your accident and collect evidence to show that the at-fault driver was negligent. Call us to schedule a consultation after a serious pedestrian accident in Colorado.