Teller County Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Pedestrian Accident Claim
Pedestrians have the right to use Teller County streets to travel by foot, as long as they obey the rules for those who are walking. However, too many drivers forget that pedestrians have the same right to be on the road, or drivers simply fail to watch for those who aren't in vehicles. When a pedestrian accident occurs, the results can be devastating.
In the event a crash occurs between a driver and a pedestrian, the pedestrian is more likely to suffer severe injuries. Unlike the occupants of a motor vehicle, pedestrians have no protection between themselves and the full force of a crash, and even a minor crash can send a pedestrian flying and cause serious injuries. The skilled Teller County car accident attorneys at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. are dedicated to helping pedestrians who have been injured in serious crashes.
Where Do Pedestrian Accidents Take Place?
Pedestrian accidents can occur in any place where people in cars and people on foot travel. The city streets of Teller County are just one place: an accident might also occur in a parking lot or even on a sidewalk if a negligent driver allows his or her vehicle to jump the curb.
Intersections can be particularly dangerous places for pedestrians. In Teller County, many intersections are equipped with crosswalks and signals to warn drivers and pedestrians alike when it is not safe for those on foot to cross and to mark where pedestrians should walk as they try to cross busy streets. If a driver is distracted or not paying attention, however, even the best crosswalks and signals can't protect a pedestrian in the driver's path.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Like all car accidents, pedestrian crashes may have one or many causes. Some of the more common causes of pedestrian accidents in Teller County include:
- Driver distraction, like cell phone use, eating, or looking at a map;
- Driver error, like speeding or making improper turns at intersections;
- Hidden vehicle defects, like brake problems that prevent a driver from stopping in time;
- Failure to yield to a pedestrian; and
- Unreasonably dangerous intersections, like those lacking proper signals.
When a pedestrian is injured, the damage can be severe. Traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries may cause permanent disabilities or even death. Broken bones, organ damage, and "road rash" burns are also common injuries in a pedestrian crash.
Protecting Your Legal Rights Following a Pedestrian Accident
After an accident, your health and safety should always be your first priority. However, there are also steps you can take to protect your legal rights and to get the compensation you need, which will allow you to focus on healing without the worry of looming medical bills or other expenses.
Contact an experienced Teller County car accident attorney at the The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. for a free, no-obligation consultation about your case as soon as possible after your accident. Under Colorado law, you have only three years from the date of the traffic accident to file a claim in court if you want to seek compensation from another negligent party. It's important to speak to an attorney as soon as you can so that the three-year time limit doesn't expire and leave you with no chance to prove your right to damages in court. Our dedicated legal team will work diligently to ensure your lawful rights are protected throughout your case and that you receive the compensation you need to recover. Please call (719) 475-2555 to discuss your case with us.