Paying attention is vital to a driver's ability to react to unexpected situations and obstacles. It is easy to forget that seconds matter when it comes to avoiding crashes and causing unnecessary injuries and deaths. This is particularly the case in pedestrian accidents where the victims do not enjoy the safety of the cabin of a vehicle. Fortunately, not all pedestrians suffer fatal injuries, but in most cases, their lives never should have been in jeopardy in the first place.
When a driver leaves the scene of a crash he or she caused, many unanswered questions remain, especially for families who lose loved ones. Hit-and-run bicycle or pedestrian accidents are no exception whether they take place here in Colorado or elsewhere. Fortunately, with diligent police work, many of the culprits are apprehended, even if they flee to another state.
Spring provides a near perfect time to get out and go for a walk after being cooped up inside for a good part of winter. Fresh air and mild temperatures inspire many Colorado residents to do just that. Unfortunately, walking also tends to present a significant danger when motor vehicle traffic is nearby. For those who survive auto vs. pedestrian accidents, the risk of suffering debilitating and serious injuries is more of a given than not.
Most Colorado residents think that the worst part of parking lots is finding the perfect space. In reality, these lots are also where numerous pedestrian accidents occur each year. Some of them result in serious injuries that can cause long-lasting difficulties for the victims.
Denver sees its share of traffic fatalities within the city limits each year. Those numbers are always troubling, and some would say that the numbers of pedestrians who lose their lives is particularly troublesome. This is especially true as the number of pedestrian accidents continues to rise in Colorado's second largest city.
How many times have Colorado residents heard that texting and driving is becoming as dangerous as drinking and driving? This form of distracted driving puts the lives of everyone at risk whether they are operating a motor vehicle, riding a bicycle or walking. Many of the crashes involving this activity result in serious and fatal injuries, especially in pedestrian accidents in which the victim lacks the same protections as those in vehicles.
Walking just about anywhere here in Denver means that you will eventually be either next to traffic or crossing a street. You look both ways and do what you can to keep yourself safe, but you cannot always account for what a motorist will do. If a car strikes you, you could suffer any number of injuries. For example, compound fractures are a real possibility in pedestrian accidents.
Advancements in medical technology have improved the lives of thousands of people around the country, including many here in Colorado. However, some of the devices that are placed inside patients have defects that end up causing harm to patients. One such device manufactured and distributed by Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit has been the subject of numerous lawsuits. In fact, one federal court jury sitting in another state recently determined that defective hip implants caused injuries and substantial harm to the six patients who were the subject of a lawsuit.
Distracted driving has always been a problem, but not as much as it appears to be these days. Smart phones have provided numerous benefits to those who use them, but they also serve as dangerous distractions on the roadways. Colorado residents may not realize that it is not just the drivers getting distracted by their phones, but pedestrians as well. When distracted drivers and distracted walkers share the roadways, the results could easily be devastating pedestrian accidents.
Nearly everywhere you look here in Denver, there are people walking. Such a concentration of people on foot tends to increase the chances of pedestrian accidents. However, there seem to be certain groups who become involved in these accidents more often than others.