In Arvada late Friday afternoon, an apparently intoxicated driver reportedly hit a young student with their car, after driving off the roadway and onto the sidewalk. According to the Arvada Police Department, the car vs pedestrian accident occurred at 58th Ave. and Dover St. about a quarter till 5 PM, while the student was walking home from school. The driver is in police custody and the child is in the hospital with non-life-threatening, but serious injuries. Learn the newest updates for our story “Driver Injures Student In Arvada Pedestrian Accident” here.
Pedestrian Accidents are a Common Problem
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 5,987 fatal pedestrian accidents across the country in 2016 alone. That is an average of one car vs pedestrian accident related fatality every hour and a half. On top of that, there were almost 130,000 non-fatal pedestrian accidents resulting in injuries in 2015.
Tragically, many of these accidents are avoidable, and are due to dangerous and negligent behavior on the part of the drivers. For example, alcohol is a common factor in these types of accidents, with almost half of all fatal pedestrian vs car accidents having alcohol as a factor.
Speed is another common cause for these types of accidents. Higher vehicle speeds increase the likelihood of these types of accidents occurring, and also increases the damage done in these types of accidents. Speeding reduces the time drivers have to react to unexpected events, and under the wrong circumstances, that can have tragic consequences.
Another all too common factor is distracted driving. When drivers aren’t paying enough attention to the road, instead focusing on their cell phones, car radios or any other distracting influence, the results can be catastrophic, especially in car vs pedestrian accidents.
How Can a Pedestrian Accident Attorney Help?
Because of the nature of car vs pedestrian accidents, the resulting injuries are often quite serious, and can often require expensive medical treatments. Pedestrians injured by negligent drivers may be able to make a claim on the responsible driver’s insurance in order to receive fair compensation for all of the expenses stemming from their injuries. If the injuries are serious enough to require future medical treatment, the injured party may be able to win fair compensation for those expenses as well.
Other expenses the injured party may be eligible for include lost wages due to time away from work because of the injury, costs related to home modifications that may need to be made if the injured party is permanently disabled, and also compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress and PTSD caused by the accident.
In situations where the driver was operating their vehicle with blatant disregard for the safety of others, for instance, by speeding or driving recklessly in an area known to have high pedestrian traffic, or by driving while extremely intoxicated, the injured party may be able to seek punitive, also known as exemplary, damages.
Contact our Colorado Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one were injured in a pedestrian accident, contact a Colorado pedestrian accident attorney at the Gold Law Firm for a free initial consultation. We have successfully represented pedestrian victims throughout the state of Colorado and work hard to obtain maximum compensation for all of our clients. The Gold Law Firm will always work to negotiate a full and fair settlement. Contact the Gold Law Firm today for a free consultation at (303) 694-4653, or by filling out the contact form on this page.