With about 300 days of sunshine a year, Colorado residents have some really nice days to be out walking and enjoying some of that sunshine. But, whether you’re walking for pleasure or to work, accidents happen. When a pedestrian it hit by a car or truck, the recovery can be painful, lengthy and costly. Fortunately, when you’ve been in an accident due to the direct negligence of a driver, it is possible to seek compensation for your economic and non-economic damages.
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Let’s admit it—we all do it! We make New Year’s Resolutions that we don’t or can’t keep. In fact, only 8% of people who make New Year’s resolutions actually keep them. At the Bendinelli Law Firm, let us help you with some easy resolution ideas to help keep you safe on Colorado roadways in 2017.
In 2016, there were 495 deaths or injuries attributed to drunk driving in Colorado. You can keep yourself and others on the road safe by always designating a sober driver when going out drinking, or use ride share services like Lyft or Uber. Public transportation is also a good option if it is available in your area. Better yet, this year make it part of your resolutions to be the designated driver. Your friends will thank you for it!
Do not use your cell phone while driving
There are so many ways that we can be distracted while driving, but using your cellphone has the highest rate of distraction. In 2014, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 injured nationally due to distracted driving. This year resolve to only use your cell phone when you are safely off the road. At the very least, resolve to use a hands-free device.
Buckling up every time you get in the car will help protect you should you get into a crash. Seat belts have been showing to reduce serious crash related injuries by nearly half and saved 12,802 lives nationally in 2014. If you don’t already wear your seatbelt, this can be one of the easiest New Year’s Resolutions you ever make!
Respect Bicyclists on the road
With 70% of bicycle fatalities happening in urban areas and the number of people in Colorado that bike to work and for recreation, it only makes sense that this be part of your New Year’s resolution. As part of Colorado law, bicyclists are considered drivers on the road and have a right to safety, just as the drivers of motor vehicles.
Keep your tires in good condition
In Colorado we can experience any number of road conditions throughout the year (even snow in the mountains in July!). Keeping your tires in good condition means you will be able to stop faster and will have more traction when nasty weather comes through Denver. Making sure that your tires have at least 1/8 inch of tread or having chains that will help you through heavy snow storms on your next trip to the mountains.
Watch for pedestrians
In 2014, 4,884 people were killed in pedestrian/motor vehicle crashes and 65,000 reported pedestrian injuries nationally. Pedestrian accidents are something we can avoid by driving more slowly through school zones and making sure there is no one using the crosswalk before we make a turn. Pedestrians can help protect themselves by wearing reflective clothing at night and carrying a flash light.
If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, call the Bendinelli Law Firm to speak with an experienced personal injury layer for a free and confidential consultation. Don’t wait – call us now at 1-800-ATTORNEY.
In June, supporters will present the Right Size plan to the City Parks Board, with the hope of improving safety for pedestrians near Colorado College.
Right now, Cascade Street has four lanes of traffic, two in each direction. However, drivers and pedestrians alike have voiced concerns about safety, citing limited visibility. Students have said they get nervous when crossing, because they have to worry about multiple driver viewpoints. Even if the first car sees a person crossing, the second car may not have time to stop.
The Right Size proposal would convert the outer lanes into bike lanes, leaving one lane in each direction. This would create more protected space for pedestrians and cyclists, while streamlining traffic. Supporters say small changes like this could help save lives, especially in an area with so much foot traffic.
The proposal also details plans to install two median openings in the area, along with additional landscaping. City Council is expected to make their final vote on July 26. If Right Size passes, the street could see changes immediately, before the end of Summer 2016.
Do Pedestrians Have the Right of Way?
In most cases, pedestrians on or near the road always have the right of way. Drivers have a responsibility to protect pedestrians on the road, and pedestrians are expected to be vigilant and exercise good judgement. When either side fails in their duty, the results can be tragic.
So far, in 2016, 28 pedestrians have been killed in Colorado. Road improvements and smart construction can help keep them safe, but the easiest way to prevent collisions is for both sides to pay close attention, especially at night.
For drivers, the most important things to remember are:
- Obey the speed limit, especially in school zones and in neighborhoods where there are children present.
- At crosswalks, stop far enough back to allow cars in other lanes to see pedestrians as well. Never pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk.
- Avoid distractions like phones and food, especially in populated areas. Something as simple as changing the radio can cause you to take your eyes off the road at crucial moments.
Pedestrians play a role in safety too. They are responsible for:
- Cross the street at a designated crosswalk or lighted intersection whenever possible.
- Help drivers see you at night by wearing light colors or reflective clothing, and carry a flashlight. Never assume drivers can see you.
- Avoid phones or headphones. These distractions can keep you from noticing approaching lights and other important details.
Personal Injury Attorney Denver
Pedestrians are the road’s most vulnerable users. If a distracted driver has hurt or killed your loved one, you may need help holding him accountable. The right attorney can be a crucial ally during tough times, providing important options and legal strategy. For a free consultation on your pedestrian auto accident, speak with a licensed personal injury attorney at Bendinelli Law Firm. We know how Colorado laws protect pedestrians, and we can help you get justice.
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