If you are a pedestrian or a cyclist, you can recover for your injuries when hit by a car. In Colorado, cars have a duty to keep a proper lookout for pedestrians and cyclists. If a driver fails to keep a proper lookout and drives negligently, then they can be held liable for resulting injuries and damages. For example, let’s say you are crossing a street in a designated crosswalk and a car slams into you while failing to yield the right of way. That driver will be responsible for your injuries and damages. Again, each driver has a duty to keep a proper lookout and has a duty to yield the right of way to pedestrians and cyclists.
In Colorado, there are many cases where cars run over pedestrians and cyclists. Colorado is a rapidly growing state and with the increasing population come increased risks. As a pedestrian or cyclist, it is very important to be careful and always obey traffic signals and only cross streets where it is designated to do so. A pedestrian or cyclist can be held to be comparatively negligent if he or she crosses in an area where it is not safe to do so or where it is prohibited to cross. For example, you cannot walk across a street when the light is green on the opposite side, but must wait until the light changes to red and it is safe to cross. The same traffic laws apply to cyclists so when cyclists see a stop sign, they must stop and wait their turn to proceed just like every other vehicle on the road.
In Colorado, a pedestrian no longer has to prove a permanent injury or some type of dollar amount in medical bills in order to proceed with a case against the at-fault driver. Colorado used to be a no-fault state but changed to a fault state in 2003. Therefore, a pedestrian can make a claim or file a lawsuit immediately after being struck by a negligent motorist. It is highly recommended that an injured pedestrian contact an experienced personal injury attorney who has settled many pedestrian cases, like myself. I specialize in personal injury cases and have been doing so for more than twenty years. You can always call me night or day for a free consultation on your pedestrian or cyclist case. I will not charge you anything unless I recover money for you (in a settlement or jury verdict). I take pride in representing my clients and treat each client as if they were a part of my family. I always treat my clients with great respect and fight to get the highest possible settlement that can be had from the insurance company.