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. But 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.
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. 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 belong to big cities with traffic problems, such as New York City and Los Angeles, but the problem can actually be worse in small communities. This is due to a large number of factors: poor intersection design, driver distraction, and posted speed limits that are dangerously high. But it can also boil down to the fact that in places where there are fewer pedestrians, drivers pay less attention.
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.
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.
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.
Finally, drivers often 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.
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.
- 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.
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