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In the state of Colorado, especially in Boulder County, the law states that pedestrians have the right-of-way over vehicles. This means that, when a pedestrian approaches a crosswalk or an area that is specifically outlined for pedestrians, vehicles are expected to stop and allow that pedestrian to proceed.
However, there are many drivers that ignore and disobey this law, which can lead to horrible accidents and injuries.
Whenever a pedestrian-vehicle accident occurs, horrible injuries and even wrongful death are bound to follow. If you or a family member suffered a pedestrian accident and believe it was due to the negligence of the driver, you have legal options. Please contact Jeffress Law of Boulder today for a free case review. Our attorney, Christopher W. Jeffress, has 25 years of experience helping the injured seek justice and compensation for their suffering.
To contact us today, please call us at 303-993-8685.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Any time that a pedestrian and a vehicle collide, it is doubtful that the pedestrian won’t suffer horrific injuries. Oftentimes, these injuries can lead to the need for lifelong care and can be very expensive and difficult to endure. These types of automobile accidents can result in any or all of the following injuries:
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
- Burn injuries
Whatever injuries you’re suffering from, our attorney can help you prove that it was due to the negligence of the driver. Whether the driver wasn’t paying enough attention, was driving drunk, or simply ignored the law that pedestrians have the right-of-way, our lawyer will help you prove that you weren’t in the wrong. Utilizing police reports, witness statements, and other investigative methods, Mr. Jeffress will help you to reach the maximum amount of financial restitution for your injuries. This compensation can be used to help you and your family pay for medical bills, insurance claims, prescriptions, rehabilitation, and the loss of employment or benefits that may occur because of your injuries.
What are the most common causes of pedestrian accidents?
In most cases, pedestrian accidents are caused by inattentive or otherwise negligent drivers. Motorists are required to obey traffic laws and exercise reasonable care behind the wheel. When they fail to do so, devastating collisions may occur.
Here are some common forms of driver negligence that can cause pedestrian accidents:
- Driving under the influence
- Distracted driving
- Failing to stop or yield
- Making a right turn on a red light in front of a crossing pedestrian
Pedestrians must also do their part to stay safe. Traffic laws are broken so frequently that pedestrians should always look both ways before crossing even when they have the right of way.
Why you should seek Jeffress Law after your pedestrian accident
After suffering an injury in a pedestrian accident, it is in your best interest to speak to a personal injury lawyer right away. Reasons to seek an attorney include:
- An attorney can help determine fault
- An attorney can determine fair damages
- An attorney can work with insurance companies on your behalf
- An attorney will help decide your next moves
Clearly, a personal injury attorney can be critical to the success of your claim. Act fast to protect your rights and recover the damages you are entitled to receive.
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Is my case still valid if I did not cross at a crosswalk?
The validity of your pedestrian accident case depends on the details of the incident. For example, you may be responsible for your injuries if you chose not to use designated intersections or crosswalk locations. Colorado follows the concept of contributory negligence, which means that your damages may be reduced to reflect your role in the injury.
Other behaviors, such as walking while intoxicated, wearing dark clothing at night, and using electronic devices, can also come into play when determining fault. Our pedestrian accident attorney will investigate your incident and discuss these considerations if they are relevant to your case. Never assume that you cannot recover compensation without speaking to a lawyer first.
Are drivers legally required to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks at all times?
Pedestrians crossing the street in marked crosswalks always have the right of way. All motorists are legally required to stop for pedestrians who are crossing in their half of the road at a crosswalk.
Boulder has flashing yellow lights at most crosswalks that pedestrians are required to activate, or they can receive a $50 fine. Drivers must stop and wait for pedestrians to finish crossing or receive a $125 fine and four points added to their driving record.
There are some considerations to note. Pedestrians should take care to give oncoming traffic time to stop before stepping off the curb. They must not enter and disrupt the flow of traffic.
Is the at-fault driver's insurance required to pay my medical bills after I have been the victim of a pedestrian accident?
The at-fault driver’s auto insurance company is likely going to be responsible for the medical expenses related to your pedestrian accident. It is often up to your medical insurance company to collect reimbursement.
Your best course of action, however, may be to bring a lawsuit to collect fair compensation. The insurance company could attempt to delay, devalue, or deny your claim. A lawsuit helps you fight back against these tactics. A car accident lawsuit can also include additional damages such as pain and suffering.
How soon after a pedestrian accident should I open a case?
You should contact our lawyer about opening a case as soon as possible after being injured in a pedestrian accident. He will be able to give you a reasonable time frame for moving forward with legal action based on the details of your incident.
Our attorney can also help you navigate any potential pitfalls in the early days after your accident. For example, he can warn you of tricks that the driver’s insurance company may try to play on you. Insurance agents may pressure you to settle or to use other tactics to reduce your compensation.
How long will a pedestrian accident case take?
The time it will take to settle your case depends on many different factors. These factors include the severity of your injuries and whether the insurance company shows bad faith.
If negotiations do not lead to a fair settlement, it may make sense to take the case to court. Our attorney will provide you with timing estimates as well as reasonable updates on the progress of your case.
What compensation can I receive in a pedestrian accident case?
Compensation for pedestrian accident cases will vary from case to case. Typically, victims of pedestrian accidents can be compensated for the following:
- Medical bills
- The cost of prescription medications
- The cost of recovery from injury such as physical therapy
- Proper damage
- Pain and suffering
- Mental health damage
- Lifestyle changes
- Disability and Disfigurement
In certain pedestrian accident cases, some victims may be able to collect punitive damages if the defendant’s motive for the accident can be proven to be reckless or backed by ill intent toward the victim. These types of punitive damages are more commonly collected for victims of drunk driving or hit-and-run accidents.
Is the driver the only party involved in a pedestrian accident case?
Not always. In some pedestrian accident cases, it is not always merely the driver’s fault. There may be instances where the brakes of a car were defective, in which case, the auto shop or automobile company may be partially at fault. If proof shows that street signs or street lights have malfunctioned or were not placed in the proper areas where the accident occurred, the city may be at fault. If a driver was intoxicated during the time at which the accident took place, the establishment or business that sold them the alcohol or substance may also be responsible. Each defendant may vary depending on your case.
Do Pedestrians Always Have the Right of Way in Colorado?
In Colorado, it’s important to understand that pedestrians do not always have the right of way. If a pedestrian does not use a crosswalk, walks at an inappropriate time according to a street light walking signal, or impedes traffic, they do not have the right of way.
What if the driver involved in a pedestrian accident is uninsured?
If you were hit by a driver who does not have mandatory car insurance, you're uninsured/underinsured (UM/UIM) coverage may compensate you for your losses. UM/UIM coverage is optional in Colorado. Your own insurance policy may also pay you directly under certain circumstances.
It is in your best interest to work with a lawyer who has the training to get you a fair payment for your uninsured motorist claim. You may also be entitled to file a lawsuit to seek compensation.
Contact Jeffress Law for Help In boulder, CO
We pride ourselves in being able to help injured parties get the coverage and care that they deserve. Mr. Jeffress began his career representing insurance companies and other large corporations and quickly realized that he’d much rather be defending the injured than serving the parties that tried to avoid paying out claims. So, Mr. Jeffress transitioned to being a personal injury lawyer and uses his motivation to help get injured persons the care they truly need. He gives every client individualized attention and never treats you like a number; you will always be able to contact him and discuss every facet of your case.
For help with your pedestrian accident case, please contact Jeffress law today. We will review your case for free and we operate on a contingency-fee basis, so you don’t have to worry about paying a dime unless we win an award or settlement for you. You need help, so call us today! You can fill out your information on our contact form or call us at 303-993-8685. We are proud to serve clients in Boulder, Broomfield, Longmont, and the Metro Area.