Grand Junction Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Nestled in the heart of Colorado’s Western Slope, Grand Junction has a reputation as a safe and friendly community. From the Colorado National Monument to lively downtown to the many art murals, Grand Junction is a wonderful place to call home, especially for those traveling to each new sight on foot. Sadly, even the most beautiful places can be incredibly dangerous. For many pedestrians, our streets and roadways aren’t always safe and friendly.
If you or a loved one was struck by a vehicle while walking, you need an experienced Grand Junction traffic accident attorney who can advocate on your behalf. The legal team at Peters & Nolan, LLC, will investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident thoroughly and build the best possible case. Our number-one goal is to secure fair and full compensation for our clients. For excellent legal help, call our firm at (970) 243-4357 today.
According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of one pedestrian is killed every 1.6 hours in the United States. That is 15 pedestrians killed every day. Overall, pedestrians are one and a half times more likely than motor vehicle occupants to be killed due to a collision on any given trip.
It might be tempting to think pedestrian accidents exclusively happen in big cities with high volumes of traffic and dangerous roads, such as New York City and Los Angeles, but the problem can actually be worse in small communities. This is due to a number of factors:
Poor intersection design: Smaller towns and cities have limited budgets. While large cities can dedicate millions to reconstructing their roads and intersections when safety issues become evident, smaller towns can’t just rip up an intersection and build a new one. This means that many towns use intersections that are old-fashioned when it comes to safety considerations.
Driver distraction: Many drivers assume that because they are in a more rural area they can risk being distracted, either by checking their phone, paying too much attention to a pedestrian, or just zoning out. However, this can (and often does) lead to serious accidents with pedestrians.
Dangerously high speed limits: Speed limits are set by the local government and are based off of suggestions made by the federal government. Unfortunately, in more rural areas with limited traffic, the limits are often too high, and do not take into consideration the blind turns, sudden twists, and wildlife.
Drivers owe those around them on the road a duty of care: all drivers have a certain level of responsibility when it comes to keeping others reasonably safe. This level of care is especially important to pedestrians, who can easily be killed when a driver is not paying close enough attention. Knowing why and where pedestrian accidents happen won’t undo the damage that has already been done, but having this information may help you in your claim.
Intersections: A significant number of pedestrian accidents occur at intersections. Many intersections are poorly designed, with inadequate signage, poorly-timed light changes, or a lack of space to fit all of the pedestrians. Even in well-designed intersections, vehicles making left turns collide with pedestrians without ever looking for them. Whatever the reason, pedestrians are at a high risk of injury when crossing at intersections, and drivers need to be alert at all times to avoid collisions.
Parking lots: Parking lots also pose a serious danger to pedestrians, as they tend to be crowded with cars and there are rarely clear lanes of traffic for people walking to and from their vehicles. Property owners have a responsibility for creating and maintaining safe spaces that protect users.
Quiet vehicles: Colorado residents have a reputation for being environmentally conscious. This means an increasing number of people are driving hybrid and electric vehicles. Unfortunately, these vehicles are much quieter than the traditional internal combustion engine, so pedestrians are often unaware of cars approaching behind them or turning around corners. This is one unintended consequence of otherwise beneficial technology.
Negligent drivers: Ultimately, negligent drivers are almost always the cause behind pedestrian accidents. Some drivers engage in reckless behaviors that put everyone around them at risk. This includes driving while intoxicated, driving while fatigued, distracted driving, excessive speeding, or other actions that can lead to accidents.
When someone is in a car, he has the benefit of four hard, metal walls, a crumple zone, airbags, and seatbelts. A pedestrian on foot has no such safety features. They don’t even have helmets, like bike riders. That means there is no protection for pedestrians if and when they are hit by cars. That lack of cushion can easily lead to serious injuries. In fact, pedestrians are at high risk of being killed in collisions with vehicles, especially high-speed ones.
On our experience, pedestrians experience some of the most devastating injuries possible in vehicle collisions, including:
- Brain damage
- Crush injuries
- Road rash
- Fractured bones
- Deep lacerations
- Severe burns
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limb
When a vehicle hits a pedestrian, the pedestrian takes the entire force of the collision, and the human body is simply not designed to withstand such high levels of impact. Even a slow-moving car can cause serious damage, and these kinds of injuries are not easy to recover from. They require weeks (or months) of rest and surgeries and medications. That can rack up a large bill and leave you unable to work. Thankfully, with the right attorney by your side, you may be able to file a claim and recover enough compensation to recover in comfort.
The experienced pedestrian accident lawyers at Peters & Nolan, LLC, can evaluate your situation and offer advice on the best way to proceed with a personal injury claim. Drivers have a responsibility to exercise reasonable caution while on the road. A failure to do so means they can be found liable for any resulting accidents or injuries. We’re here to help you get justice for your accident and how it has affected your life.
Call (970) 243-4357 today to schedule a free consultation.
- Street Systems - City of Grand Junction
- Everyone is a Pedestrian - Colorado Department of Transportation
- Pedestrian Traffic Safety Facts - NHTSA
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.