Lakewood and Denver traffic was backed up for almost 3 miles Friday evening after an accident involving an SUV and a pedestrian resulted in a fatality.
The crash reportedly happened right before 8 PM in an area where there was an underpass with a sidewalk, and shut down traffic on portions of 6th Ave. going west.
According to a Lakewood Police spokesperson, the pedestrian was in the roadway, but for an unknown reason. The driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with the police. Learn the latest updates of our story: “Fatal SUV Pedestrian Accident Shuts Down Traffic” here.
Pedestrian Fatalities Hit a 28-Year High in 2018
There were an estimated 6,227 fatal pedestrian accidents in 2018, which was 250 more than in 2017, and the highest number since 1990. Fatal pedestrian accidents now account for 16% of all traffic deaths, and have increased 41% since 2008.
What’s behind the increase in the number of these serious types of accidents? According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, the main factors are the American love affair with large vehicles, a growing population and distracted driving caused by cell phones.
Large automobiles like pickup trucks SUVs, and utility vehicles are very popular in the US, and for good reason. They can be fun vehicles to drive, and since they’re bigger they offer more protection to the passengers inside. But precisely because these cars are bigger and heavier, that means that they can cause substantially more damage to non-protected pedestrians when there is a pedestrian vs car accident.
Another major factor is the increased use of cell phones, and the distracted driving behaviors they can cause. Everyone is aware at this point that driving while distracted can be deadly. But that does not mean that everyone talks that information to heart. Distracted driving is still a very big problem. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, there are roughly 9 fatalities and over 1,000 injuries attributed to distracted driving accidents, every day.
There are three types of distracted driving behaviors that are acknowledged by the NHTSA; Manual distraction, which is anytime a driver takes their hands off the wheel to conduct any non-driving related task; Visual distraction, which is when a driver takes their eyes off of the road for any non-driving related reason; and Cognitive distraction, which is when the driver takes their mind off of their driving responsibilities, perhaps to daydream or focus on personal life issues.
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 injured by the actions of a negligent driver throughout the state of Colorado, and we 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 Greg Gold today for a free consultation at (303) 694-4653, or by filling out the contact form on this page.