Pedestrian Accidents

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Distracted driving is an epidemic problem. This includes not paying attention to people crossing the street because the driver is talking on the cell phone, using an app, listening to loud music, smoking or looking at the navigation route.

As you can imagine, serious injuries or death can result. Common injuries include broken hips, legs, ribs, concussions, or bleeding in the brain. Cars typically weigh between 3,000 pounds for a compact car and 3,500 pounds for an SUV.

Colorado Law on Pedestrian Accidents

In Colorado, the pedestrian has the right of way over vehicular traffic if the pedestrian is in the crosswalk. The Colorado Legislature has codified the laws on pedestrians in Colorado Revised Statutes 42-4-801.

An injured pedestrian has a claim against the driver who hits the pedestrian if the driver’s caused the injuries and was at-fault for the collision. The pedestrian’s claims include compensation for medical treatment, future medical treatment, loss of the enjoyment of the quality of life, stress and inconvenience, pain and suffering, permanent impairment and scarring.

In general according to Colorado law, “Every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian upon any roadway and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary and shall exercise proper precaution upon observing any child or any obviously confused or incapacitated person upon a roadway.”

It is important if you have been injured by an errant vehicle to speak to an attorney about who is responsible and about the harms and losses stemming for the accident.

A Team Approach

We understand that every case is different and every client has unique challenges. Together personal injury lawyers Ryan Kalamaya and Michael Fox, and paralegals, Anna Wilson and Shannon Holleran, move mountains for individuals who have been injured or killed in a variety of unfortunate circumstances such as automobile accidents, slip-and-falls, ski collisions, bar fights and dog attacks.

Each case has a unique story. A successful result to a personal injury case depends on who is more effective in telling their story.

Experience Matters

Dealing with insurance companies and claims adjusters is challenging. We have experience at all levels of court. The team has handled personal injury cases in federal and state court. The entire team is skilled in alternative dispute resolution venues such as arbitration, mediation and negotiation. We have worked with highly qualified experts such as accident reconstructionists, economists for lost wages, biomechanics and a number of doctors. Ryan personally knows most of the orthopaedic surgeons at the Steadman ClinicVail-Summit OrthopaedicsVail Valley Medical CenterValley View Hospital, and Aspen Valley Hospital.

When you or a loved one has been injured, your focus should be on your physical and mental health. Allow us to shoulder the burden of presenting your best legal case.

The extensive experience we have in dealing with insurance companies, not only in acting for injured plaintiffs but also as insurance defense counsel, gives us a unique ability to assess your case from the other side of the table and predict where the real issues in any case will lie. Integrating this experience with our team-based approach, you can rely on us to see your case from all angles, make sure you have the information you need and collaborate with you to achieve the best possible outcome.

For more information, please visit our frequently asked questions (FAQ) page for personal injuries or visit our blog posts.