Experienced Denver Pedestrian & Bicycle Accident Injury Attorney

Were you or a loved one struck by a moving car while walking
or riding a bike in Colorado?

It's easy to see why Colorado residents and visitors enjoy walking and riding bicycles in increasing numbers. Our state's wonderful climate, vast unspoiled recreational areas, and inviting cities provide a wonderful environment for getting out in the fresh air. And in more urban areas of Denver, it's often much easier to just walk or ride a bike than it is to drive.

Experiencing the joy of fresh air and being physically active is not without some risk though. For bicyclists and pedestrians, much of this risk involves the cars and trucks on the road, often times at very high speeds.

Traffic laws are designed to make the roads safe for both drivers and pedestrians. Yet every year, nearly 80,000 people are hit by a car or truck when they are walking, jogging or riding a bicycle.

If a car or truck strikes you while walking or riding your bike, the effects can be devastating, if not fatal. It's estimated that around 5,000 pedestrian accidents are fatal, resulting in the wrongful death of a loved one. With children facing the greatest risk in pedestrian accidents, the law imposes a higher duty of care on drivers in areas where children are expected to be present. It's sad to think that simple safe driving practices can prevent many accidents that occur. Unfortunately, drivers still exceed the speed limit, drive while distracted, and ignore signs of potential risk that could carelessly endanger others in the area.

A majority of pedestrian or bicycle accident cases involve negligence, on either the driver or the pedestrian. In such scenarios, compensation may be owed to the injured individual for medical expenses, property damage, loss of wages, and other personal injury damages.

To find out what your case is worth, contact an experienced Colorado pedestrian and bicycle accident lawyer at the Babcock Law Firm today. We also specialize in hit and run accidents.

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What to Do After a Pedestrian or Bicycle Accident with a Car

If you're injured in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, it's extremely important to contact a personal injury attorney who specializes in these types of cases soon after you've seen a doctor. This applies even if you feel you may not have a case because you were jaywalking when you were hit by a car, for example.

You must realize that the driver can still be held legally responsible if they failed to exercise a reasonable level of care such as forgetting to use a turning signal, not stopping fully before a right turn at a red light, driving too fast for the weather or traffic conditions, or any other negligent action.

The outcome of your case will depend on a careful analysis of the facts of your pedestrian accident, and these facts need to be determined immediately — before witnesses forget important details or evidence fades.

Your lawyer will help determine your avenues for recovery of damages and compensation. There may be other options in addition to the driver of the car or truck. Your Denver pedestrian accident lawyer at The Babcock Law Firm will bring expertise and experience to your case, helping you build a strong argument and recover the fair and just compensation you deserve from those at fault.

Proving Fault in Your Colorado Pedestrian or Bicycle Accident Case

Before compensation is awarded, the plaintiff must prove that the motorist was at fault for the accident in the first place. Under Colorado law, if a driver is clearly at-fault, you have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.

Colorado is a "contributory negligence" state, meaning that accident victims, especially cyclists and pedestrians, are allowed to recover damages provided they were less than 50% at-fault for the accident. This, of course, doesn't exempt you from having to prove that the driver was responsible - you must also be able to prove that the driver was negligent in their obligations to drive safely and observe the proper rules of the road.

An experienced attorney familiar with bicycle and pedestrian accidents can skillfully determine
fault and help you obtain your rightful compensation.

Common Causes of Pedestrian & Bicycle Accidents

A driver who fails to be adequately aware of their surrounding is, more often than not, the main cause of these types of accidents. Perhaps a driver approached an intersection too fast, or they failed to properly yield to pedestrians while going through a crosswalk. Accidents of this nature are especially common in large cities like Denver and college towns like Boulder. And sadly, driving under the influence is a big culprit too.

Other common culprits of pedestrian or bicycle accidents in Colorado include:

  • Texting and driving
  • Improper bike lane use
  • Unmarked crosswalks
  • Quiet vehicles
  • Wearing dark clothes
  • Poorly marked construction zones

What To Do Immediately Following a Pedestrian Accident

Getting struck by a vehicle is frightening and dangerous, especially for pedestrians. Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to drivers who aren't paying attention to the road because they are less protected and more easily overlooked than cars.

Many pedestrian accidents lead to wrongful death or even vehicular manslaughter cases if the person who was hit died in the collision. But even those who survive typically deal with pain, suffering, and debilitating medical expenses for months, if not years.

If you are a pedestrian who is hit by a car, follow these steps after an accident has occurred to protect your health, your safety, and your legal rights.

1. Call the police.

Just like any type of accident, it is crucial to contact law enforcement as soon as possible. For one, calling the police will also notify emergency medical personnel to be dispatched to the scene of the accident, so any injured persons involved can begin receiving treatment immediately.

Contacting the police is also necessary from a legal standpoint. Once an officer arrives, all parties involved in the crash will be able to present their sides and get it documented.

You will also have to fill out a police report there at the scene of the accident, or later at a nearby police station.

2. Gather general information.

After the authorities have been notified, and if you have determined that no one is seriously injured, try to gather as much basic information as possible about the crash. General information should include:

  • Names and contact information of the people involved in the accident, and any bystanders or eyewitnesses (Note: Do not apologize to or discuss fault with the other party involved in the accident. What you say and how you act—even politeness—can be used against you in a future claim)
  • Pictures of the accident site and any injuries or damage sustained
  • Keep the clothes and other items present at the scene of the accident to be used as future evidence

It is also a good idea to write a brief summary or description of the events that led up to and occurred after the accident. Over time, the memory of the accident can get muddled or lost, so it is imperative to record what occurred as soon as you can in order to accurately recall the incident in the future.

3. Seek medical attention immediately.

Whether you were struck by a car, or were in the car when the accident occurred, it is important to seek the help of a medical professional right away. Even if you believe no serious injury occurred, seeing a doctor or physician is important for both your overall health and in making a compensation claim.

Oftentimes, symptoms of dangerous conditions, like internal bleeding or a concussion, are not evident at first, and get overlooked. Only by seeking medical attention can you be sure that you sustained no serious injuries.

And be sure to keep all paperwork and medical records to be used in the lawsuit.

4. Contact your insurance company.

If you were the driver involved in a pedestrian accident, then contact your insurance carrier immediately to inform them of the incident. They will guide you on what steps to take next.

If you were the pedestrian hit by the vehicle, be ready to answer questions from an adjustor from the driver's insurance company. Again, do not discuss fault, make any statements, sign any forms, or agree to a settlement without first obtaining legal counsel. Also, request the name, address, and phone number of the insurance company.

5. Obtain legal representation.

Insurance companies frequently try to sidestep compensating victims of pedestrian accidents by claiming negligence, or proposing an unjustly low settlement offer. It is virtually impossible to ensure that you are getting fair compensation for your injuries without the help of a lawyer who has experience in dealing with insurance companies and pedestrian accident cases.

Talk with a Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today – a Free, No-Risk Consultation

If you were struck by a vehicle while walking or riding your bicycle, it's imperative you speak with an attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you file a claim for damages, the sooner you can receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and more. Any delay in filing an injury claim can put your case in jeopardy.

We invite you to discuss the details of your accident with a Colorado pedestrian accident lawyer at The Babcock Law Firm. As an avid cyclist himself, attorney
R. Mack Babcock and his support staff are committed to representing the interests of pedestrians and cyclists hurt by negligent motorists.

We serve Denver, Boulder, Aurora, Broomfield, Louisville, Lafayette, Golden, Thornton, Westminster and other Colorado cities. If your case falls within our practice area and we feel our representation can benefit you, a pedestrian accident attorney will meet with you for an in-depth consultation, at no charge.

We're here to help you secure a successful settlement for your Colorado pedestrian accident.
Learn more about how representation works and then contact us today.

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