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Hurt in a Pedestrian Accident? Call Burg Simpson for Help Now!

By Burg Simpson
April 20, 2022
4 min read
Mother and sone crossing the street at a crosswalk

Have You Been Injured as a Pedestrian?

University of Colorado Boulder reports that most pedestrian injuries occur as the result of the inattentiveness of motorists and the failure of pedestrians to use crosswalks.  When a pedestrian is hit by a motor vehicle, their injuries are often severe, and the healing process can be slow, painful, and expensive. If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian incident that was not your fault, call Burg Simpson for help now.

Data from the Colorado Department of Transportation

According to recent data provided by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), 92 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in Colorado in 2021. National statistics indicate that about 5,000 pedestrians die, and 70,000 are injured in traffic crashes each year.

In an effort to prevent these tragedies, CDOT has this advice for all pedestrians:

  • Before crossing the street, stop at the curb, the edge of the road, or at the corner before proceeding.
  • Look left, right, and over your shoulder before crossing.
  • Watch for traffic and turning vehicles before you begin crossing.
  • Be alert to what is going on around you when you cross the street, and stay off your phone while crossing. 2

Pedestrians Have a Responsibility to Stay Safe

Although Colorado law provides protection for pedestrians, those navigating our roads on foot have a responsibility to avoid dangerous behavior and be aware of situations that could cause them harm. Even when pedestrians have the right of way, they need to be aware that drivers may not see them in time to avoid a collision. Pedestrians can stay safe by obeying crossing signals, looking both ways before crossing, and using the sidewalks. When a sidewalk is not available, pedestrians should always walk against the flow of traffic. When pedestrians are out walking on our city streets, they must try to be as visible as possible, make eye contact with drivers, watch out for distracted drivers, and pay attention to their surroundings.

The Details of Your Pedestrian Accident

The details of your pedestrian incident are important because they can affect liability. Important questions include:

  • Was there a crosswalk?
  • Was the pedestrian in the crosswalk at the time of the incident?
  • Did the pedestrian step off the curb and into the approaching vehicle?
  • What traffic and/or pedestrian signals were displayed at the time of the incident?

Recovering Compensation

If you are injured as a pedestrian, you have the right to seek compensation for economic and non-economic damages. When a motorist is found negligent for a pedestrian’s injuries, the pedestrian may file a claim to receive compensation for economic damages such as medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident that was not your fault, call the award-winning personal injury lawyers at Burg Simpson for help now at (888) 895 2080.

About Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine

One of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, has a longstanding national reputation for fighting relentlessly and successfully for victims of negligence, malfeasance, malpractice, and abuse. Our award-winning attorneys have never hesitated to fight for our client’s rights and consistently face and defeat formidable adversaries, including big insurance companies, big banks, and big pharma. As a result, Burg Simpson has secured more than $1.7 billion in verdicts, settlements, and judgments in practice areas spanning catastrophic personal injury, mass tort and class actions regarding gas explosions, dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and devices, medical malpractice, complex commercial and business litigation, construction defects, and workers’ compensation. The firm’s success has also included over 200 recoveries of more than $1 million.

Burg Simpson was founded in 1976 by distinguished American trial lawyer Michael S. Burg. Mr. Burg is an inductee into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Clarence Darrow Award. He has also been named to the 2016 RoundTable: America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers by The Trial Lawyer magazine; Law Week’s “Barrister’s Best” as “Best Civil Litigator”; and one of “America’s 50 Leading Trial Lawyers” by the U.S. Legal 500. Mr. Burg has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers®. Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine now has 65 lawyers and over 90 legal professionals. The firm is based in Colorado and has offices in Arizona, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, California, and Wyoming.

Call Burg Simpson for help now at 888 895 2080.

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