When you take a walk in your neighborhood or even in a town you’re visiting for the first time, you often don’t think twice about your personal safety, because it’s something you’ve come to suspect. Whether you’re walking or crossing the street, on a sidewalk, or even in a parking lot, you don’t worry that you’re going to be injured. Unfortunately, pedestrians are injured all the time by negligent drivers. Approximately 100,000 pedestrians are injured or killed by negligent drivers in the United States each year, forever altering the lives of those impacted. If you or someone you love has been injured while exercising your pedestrian rights in Aspen, our pedestrian accident attorneys are available to listen to your story in a one-on-one complimentary consultation. Klein Frank, P.C. has served our community for decades and is well-versed on state and local pedestrian and driver laws.
Colorado Pedestrian Laws
Colorado goes to great lengths to protect its citizens through pedestrian laws, which include right of way laws. There are state laws applied to both drivers and pedestrians that serve to protect individuals and can be used against drivers after they’ve caused accidents.
Driver laws include:
- Yielding the right of way when pedestrians are in the same half of the crosswalk as the vehicle
- If a vehicle is stopped for pedestrians who are crossing, drivers may not pass or go around the stopped vehicle
Pedestrian laws include:
- Pedestrians must use crosswalks and not cross in unmarked areas
- Pedestrians must yield to vehicles when crossing outside of a marked crosswalk
- Pedestrians must follow flashing walk and don’t walk signals
These laws are established to prevent dangerous accidents from happening, and though they’re designed to be clear-cut, sometimes there are situations where liability can be blurred. A personal injury attorney can use their resources to investigate the accident and determine whether an involved driver was in the wrong.
What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident
If you’ve been struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian, it’s crucial that you seek medical attention immediately, even if you believe your injuries aren’t serious. Only a trained physician can assess your conditions and diagnose you for injuries. It’s also important to call law enforcement, as authorities will be required to file a report that you can use as evidence in your case.
Collecting evidence at this time is important. If you’re able, be sure to collect the information of any drivers involved, take photos of the accident and any damage, collect witness testimonies, and acquire your doctor’s medical report.
How a Pedestrian Accident Attorney Can Help
Hiring an attorney can relieve you of a lot of burdens you may be carrying after your accident. For one, a trained attorney can use their resources to investigate your accident and knows what evidence to collect so you can focus on healing.
Our team can also help you pay the costs of your mounting medical bills and more. Pedestrian accidents often involve serious injuries because of your lack of protection and the sheer size and weight of vehicles involved. The more serious injuries are, the more expensive they tend to be to treat.
Our team has recovered millions of dollars for injured clients over decades and can help you pay for the following:
- Medical bills, such as the costs of ambulance rides and EMT care, surgeries, hospital stays, and medications
- Lost wages from having to miss or quit work in order to recover
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
As a pedestrian, you deserve to feel safe when you’re walking in public whether you’re in a driveway or on the sidewalk of a busy street. Allow our attorneys to fight for you and hold negligent drivers responsible for the damage they’ve caused.
Allow us to make a difference in your life – call our Aspen pedestrian accident attorneys at (303) 448-8884 so we can get started on your case. We’re available on Saturdays and provide same-day calls.