Table of contents
- What Is a Pedestrian Accident Claim?
- What Are Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?
- What Types of Injuries Do Pedestrian Accident Victims Suffer?
- What Damages Can You Recover in a Pedestrian Accident Case?
- Colorado Pedestrian Accident Statistics
- Why Work With Bachus & Schanker?
- What Is the Average Settlement for a Pedestrian Accident Case?
- What Is Negligence When It Comes to Pedestrian Accidents?
- Who Pays for the Pedestrian’s Medical Bills After an Accident?
- Can I Claim Compensation for a Pedestrian Accident?
- Do Pedestrians Always Have the Right of Way in Colorado?
- How Do I Get a Pedestrian Accident Settlement?
- How Many Pedestrian Accident Lawsuits Go to Trial?
- Are There Colorado Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Near Me?
- Serving All Areas of Denver Colorado
- Map & Directions
Our pedestrian accident lawyers represent victims in Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, and throughout Colorado.
Pedestrian accident injuries can impact your life in many ways. You may be left with medical bills, the insurance company refusing to pay, and no way to support your family. But you have important rights. You may be able to recover compensation for your injuries and suffering.
Our experienced pedestrian accident lawyers are passionate about justice and are ready to help you get the financial support you deserve.
What Is a Pedestrian Accident Claim?
A pedestrian accident claim is a legal demand for financial compensation due to a driver’s failure to yield to someone outside the vehicle. If a pedestrian is hit by a car, the victim may claim monetary compensation when the car driver is at fault.
In some cases, an insurance company may agree upon a settlement, but it may be necessary for the pedestrian accident victim to bring their claim to court. If you were hit by a car as a pedestrian, you can work with a pedestrian accident attorney to claim compensation and hold the responsible party accountable.
What Are Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?
There are many possible causes for a pedestrian accident. Here are some common reasons these accidents occur:
- Failure to stop
- Failure to yield/right of way violations
- Driving under the influence
- Distracted driving, texting
- Failing to account for poor lighting
- Operating too fast for conditions
- Negligent drivers
The best way to understand your legal rights and options is to speak with an experienced Colorado pedestrian accident lawyer. We can study the details of your case and offer you a personalized opinion. When you understand how the law applies to the facts, you can make smarter decisions about pursuing compensation.
What Types of Injuries Do Pedestrian Accident Victims Suffer?
Pedestrians are vulnerable, especially when drivers are acting recklessly or negligently. As a result, pedestrians often suffer serious injuries after an accident. Some common injuries include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Damage to soft tissue
- Traumatic brain injury or concussion
- Spinal cord injury
- Joint displacement
Victims may also have emotional suffering and mental anguish following a pedestrian accident. This is why it’s essential to work with a skilled injury lawyer who can fight for the maximum compensation for all your damages—both economic and non-economic. Contact our team to learn how we can help.
What Damages Can You Recover in a Pedestrian Accident Case?
In the event of a pedestrian accident, you may be able to recover damages related to:
- Medical bills
- Prescription medications
- Related medical expenses
- Lost income
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering (up to statutory limits)
- Changes in lifestyle
- Mental health damages, emotional anguish
- Permanent disability and disfigurement
As an accident victim, you deserve justice. Our attorneys specialize in pedestrian accident cases and will take all necessary steps to help you rebuild your life after this life-changing event.
Colorado Pedestrian Accident Statistics
- According to the Colorado Department of Transportation¹, 6,590 pedestrians lost their lives on U.S. roads in 2019.
- The Governor’s Highway Safety Association¹ also states that pedestrians account for 17% of traffic accident deaths and suggests that the increase in sport utility vehicles (SUVs) may play a role in increasing pedestrian deaths.
- Denver 7² reports that up to one-third of pedestrian-related incidents included drivers operating a vehicle with a bodily alcohol content that would put them over the legal limit for driving at the time of the accident.
- According to AAA³, most pedestrian accidents occur while pedestrians are trying to cross the road.
Why Work With Bachus & Schanker?
Our pedestrian accident attorneys believe in respect, open communication, and legal goals tailored to your needs. We founded our law firm based on the belief that all victims should have access to competent, aggressive, determined legal representation. Justice is our passion, and we work hard to get our clients the results they deserve.
Our accident lawyers handle every step of the claims and compensation process. They investigate the incident, gather proof, deal with car and health insurance issues, file court documents and if necessary, speak on your behalf in court.
Pedestrian Car Accident FAQs
What Is the Average Settlement for a Pedestrian Accident Case?
The average settlement for a pedestrian accident case is $15,000-$75,000 for minor or moderate injuries. Severe injury cases settle for $500,000 or more. Several factors play a role in the average settlement for a pedestrian accident case, including who is at fault for the accident, insurance policies, and the actual damages sustained by the victim.
What Is Negligence When It Comes to Pedestrian Accidents?
Negligent driving in pedestrian accidents is defined as a lack of reasonable care when operating a car. The driver doesn’t necessarily have to act intentionally to cause harm. All drivers have a civil legal duty to manage vehicles carefully, so an accident involving a lack of reasonable care is considered negligence.
Who Pays for the Pedestrian’s Medical Bills After an Accident?
The person who pays for the pedestrian’s medical bills after an accident is the one who caused the accident. In cases where both the driver and the pedestrian are legally at fault, multiple parties may share responsibility.
Can I Claim Compensation for a Pedestrian Accident?
Whether you can claim compensation for a pedestrian accident depends on your injuries and the reason for the accident. You must have physical injuries that require medical treatment or disfigurement. Another party must be at fault for the accident.
Do Pedestrians Always Have the Right of Way in Colorado?
Pedestrian rules vary by state. In Colorado, pedestrians do not always have the right of way. They must use crosswalks and walk signals when appropriate. They may not impede traffic.
How Do I Get a Pedestrian Accident Settlement?
To get a pedestrian accident settlement, you negotiate a claim through the auto insurance company or file a legal action. To receive a fair payment, you must identify and prove damages. The other side must know that you’re serious and willing to take the necessary steps to verify the claim. When you have strong evidence of fault, you’re in a solid position to get a fair pedestrian accident settlement.
How Many Pedestrian Accident Lawsuits Go to Trial?
Most pedestrian accident lawsuits do not go to trial, and only a small percentage goes to the jury. You may exercise your trial rights if you choose. By working with an experienced attorney to build the case, you put yourself in an excellent position to get the compensation you deserve through settlement.
Are There Colorado Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Near Me?
Our pedestrian accident attorneys are located in Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Aurora, and Englewood and are taking new cases right now. If you’re a pedestrian injured because of a driver’s negligence, you deserve justice. Call or message us now for a free consultation with our legal team.
¹Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State: 2019 Preliminary Data. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
² Stephanie Butzer. (19 January 2021). Pedestrian deaths on roadways are up 89% in Colorado, according to AAA study. Denver 7 News. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
³ Tefft, B.C., Arnold, L.S., & Horrey, W.J. (2021). Examining the Increase in Pedestrian Fatalities in the United States, 2009-2018 (Research Brief). Washington, D.C. AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
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