Legal Representation For Pedestrian Accident Victims
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,432 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in 2011. Fourteen percent of traffic-related fatalities were pedestrians. Alcohol use – either by the driver or the pedestrian – was reported in 48% of all fatal pedestrian accidents. More than half of the pedestrians who were killed were under the age of 16, and approximately 70% were males.
In addition to the more than 4,000 pedestrian fatalities in 2011, another 69,000 pedestrians were injured in accidents with motor vehicles. This equates to a pedestrian being injured, on average, every 8 minutes in the United States.
Serious Injuries Caused In Pedestrian Accidents
For obvious reasons, a pedestrian is extremely vulnerable when he or she is hit by a car. There is nothing to protect the pedestrian and nothing to blunt the impact. Furthermore, unlike a bicyclist, pedestrians do not wear helmets. Many pedestrian-auto accidents result in the pedestrian sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or a spinal cord injury. Our law firm is uniquely qualified to help victims of brain injury and spinal cord injury. Attorney Dennis Mahoney is a medical doctor, and he has experience with patients who have suffered brain and spinal cord injuries.
Denver’s Most Dangerous Intersections For Pedestrians
According to a 2013 story by 9News, the 10 most dangerous intersections for pedestrians in Denver are the following:
- Colfax and Broadway
- 20th and Market
- 13th Avenue and Broadway
- Colfax and Franklin
- Colfax and Grant
- Colfax and Lincoln
- Colfax and Valentia
- Federal and Kentucky
- 38th Avenue and Tennyson
- 10th Avenue and Federal
Most of the pedestrian accidents in Denver occurred during the afternoon between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The months of the year with the highest number of pedestrian collisions were January and September.
Boulder’s Most Dangerous Intersections For Pedestrians
In 2012, the city of Boulder published a study that revealed the 15 most common locations for collisions between motor vehicles and pedestrians or bicyclists. The most dangerous intersections in Boulder were as follows:
- Colorado and Regent
- Canyon and Folsom
- Broadway and University
- Broadway and Baseline
- 30th and Colorado
- Flashing crosswalk on Baseline east of Broadway
- Broadway and Euclid
- Broadway and Regent
- 28th and Arapahoe
- 30th and Valmont
- Folsom and Pearl
- 28th and Walnut
- 30th and Arapahoe
- 29th and Baseline
- Flashing crosswalk on 28th Street south of Iris
The study found that most pedestrian accidents in Boulder occurred in the afternoon, between the hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. In collisions between motor vehicles and pedestrians, drivers were cited for being at fault three times more often than pedestrians.
Use Of Headphones Contributes To Pedestrian Accidents
People who walk while listening to headphones are especially vulnerable to being in an auto-pedestrian accident. The number of serious injuries to pedestrians listening to headphones has tripled in the last six years. A study published by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore found that most pedestrians involved in accidents are males (68%) and that two-thirds of the victims were under the age of 30. People listening to headphones are often unaware of what is going on around them and may not be able to hear the sound of an approaching vehicle, a car horn or a train whistle. Therefore, you should exercise extra caution if you are walking near traffic while listening to headphones.
Safety Tips For Pedestrians
The NHTSA has promulgated the following safety tips to help keep pedestrians safe:
- Cross at the corner or at an intersection.
- Stop at the edge of parked cars, the curb or other vehicles.
- Look left-right-left for moving cars.
- Cross when clear and keep looking left and right.
- Walk, don’t run or dart, into the street.
- Look for signs that a car is about to move (rear lights, exhaust smoke, the sound of a motor, wheels turning).
- Walk alertly – use your eyes and your ears to increase safety.
Medical Doctor And Attorney With Experience In Colorado Pedestrian Accident Cases
Dennis Mahoney, M.D., is not only an experienced Colorado and Wyoming personal injury attorney, but he is also a licensed medical doctor. We understand the nature of the physical injuries caused by the accident and can explain the science and medicine to the jury. Our attorneys are also skilled at cross-examining the doctors who are hired by insurance companies and who will try to minimize your injuries. We have achieved successful judgments and settlements on behalf of hundreds of injured victims.
Personal Attention To Your Injury Case
Your case will get the attention it deserves. We do not take dozens of cases as other personal injury law firms do. Nor do we advertise on television or the radio. We believe that the best results are achieved by only accepting a limited number of cases and giving those cases the attention that is warranted. When you call us, your call will be returned by an attorney, not a paralegal or a secretary. Once your case is filed, all the attorneys in our firm will be intimately familiar with the status of your case, and we will keep you informed about what is going on. You will not get lost in the shuffle.
No Upfront Cost To You
You do not have to pay The Mahoney Law Firm, P.C., unless we obtain a settlement or judgment on your behalf. We do not bill you by the hour. You do not pay any attorney’s fees unless and until a recovery is made on your behalf. Contact us for a free consultation by calling 303-800-3168 or submitting our online contact form.