A double tragedy happened last week in suburban Westminster, Colorado. According to a news report on Denver’s 9News, the accident happened around 8:45 p.m. on September 3, when a man walking across Federal Boulevard was hit by a truck. The woman driving the truck stopped and went to check on the man. Sadly, another car struck and killed the woman. The man was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Authorities don’t suspect alcohol or speeding to be a factor in the incident. It was simply an unfortunate accident.
Alarming Stats About Pedestrian Accidents
Accidents involving vehicles and pedestrians aren’t as rare as you might think. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4,378 pedestrians are killed each year after being struck by vehicles in the U.S. In 2008, 69,000 pedestrians were injured by vehicles in this country. Those statistics add up to one pedestrian injury every eight minutes and one pedestrian fatality every two hours. The CDC also states that in 48 percent of vehicle/pedestrian deaths, alcohol is a factor—for either the driver or the pedestrian.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a pedestrian, there’s a good chance you could be entitled to compensation for any of the following:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages due to time off from work
- Physical therapy expenses
To find out if you are eligible for such damages, you will need to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. The skilled Colorado Springs attorneys at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. have been representing injured pedestrians and their families for many years. Let us examine your case and advise you of your best legal options. Call our offices today for a free consultation. Dial (719) 401-0585.