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Fatal Accidents in Colorado Serve as a Warning for Pedestrians, Drivers

by  on  Car & Motor Vehicle Accidents

Our Denver accident lawyer recently learned of a pair of tragic accidents that left two people dead in Colorado. The crashes are yet another unfortunate reminder of the safety risks for both pedestrians and drivers.

In one accident, an unidentified man was killed in Denver on Nov. 20 after being struck by a car, according to The Denver Post. Local police said the man was hit by the vehicle at the intersection of West 38th Ave. and North Alcott St. 

Just one day later, a 75-year-old woman died after being mowed down by a vehicle in Aurora. The woman was crossing an intersection at East Colfax Avenue and Clinton Street at the time of the accident, a local NBC affiliate reports.

More than 6,000 pedestrians are killed in accidents across the country each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More than one-third of those accidents happen between the hours of 6 p.m and 9 p.m.

Certain sport utility vehicles appear to pose a particular threat to people traveling on two feet.

Late-model SUVs are the most likely to cause fatal injuries to pedestrians in the event of an accident, according to a recent study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That comes as the overall number of pedestrian fatalities has jumped by 53 percent in the last decade, IIHS said.

Levine Law Discusses the Legal Rights for the Families of People Killed in Accidents

Colorado law gives certain family members the right to take legal action in the event that a loved one is killed in a pedestrian or car accident. That includes suing those responsible for wrongful death.

No lawsuit or amount of money damages award can ever allow you to go back in time and stop the accident from happening. A wrongful death action can, however, help ease the significant financial strain that often comes with the loss of a loved one. It can also provide a certain level of closure by getting justice and ensuring that those responsible are made accountable for their actions.

These cases are often brought against negligent drivers, as well as their insurers and — sometimes — their employer. 

Colorado law imposes a “duty of care” on drivers, which generally requires them to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner and refrain from dangerous activity behind the wheel. A driver that does not meet this standard is likely to be considered negligent and responsible for any accidents that happen as a result. The driver’s employer may also be on the hook for crashes that happen on the job.

How a Denver Accident Lawyer Can Help You

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian, car, or other accident in Colorado, a Denver accident lawyer at Levine Law can help you get the full compensation available under the law.

Our attorneys combine decades of experience helping people injured in accidents get the money they deserve. We are committed to guiding clients through the legal process with experience and personalized attention.

Our firm is pleased to serve clients throughout Colorado, including in Denver, Colorado Springs, Ft. Collins, and Loveland. Call us at 303-333-8000 or contact us online to speak with a Denver accident lawyer.