Every year, hundreds of Colorado pedestrians are injured and, in some cases, die due to careless or reckless drivers. Denver Public Works reported 416 pedestrian accidents in 2015 – an increase from the incidents reported in the last 4 years. These figures suggest that pedestrians should be even more vigilant than ever when crossing the street. These figures also suggest that drivers should pay extra careful attention when driving through school zones, neighborhoods, or packed and congested streets.
The experienced injury lawyers at Alhasoon, Glidden and Glidden have handled many pedestrian injury cases and know how to investigate your case and evaluate your claim. Although there are many laws in place to protect pedestrians from automobile accidents, drivers still breach their responsibility to exercise reasonable care by exceeding the speed limit, ignoring traffic signs, driving recklessly, or losing control of their vehicle, causing an accident. In such an event, the driver may be held liable for any resulting injuries.
What Should I do if I am Hit by an Automobile?
If you are a pedestrian that has been involved in an accident, keep the following four steps in mind:
First, contact the police to report the accident. It is important to file a police report of the incident as soon as possible, regardless of whether the driver has fled the scene or remained present. You want to be sure to get your side of the story documented right after the accident. It is also important for the police to document who was at fault for the accident, as this can be very important to your case later on. If there are any witnesses, have them volunteer a statement.
Second, exchange contact and insurance information with the driver. You may not feel any pain right after the accident, but it is important that you have the driver’s insurance information in case you need to file a claim for future medical expenses. If the driver has fled the scene, see if any witnesses were present to identify the vehicle make or the license plate. A hit and run is a serious offense and should certainly be reported – such drivers are a danger to people on the road.
Third, seek immediate medical attention to document any injuries or pain. This is important in case any injuries manifest from the accident weeks or months down the road. Be sure to keep all the records, expenses, and a journal of any pain that may have manifested from the accident.
The final step is to contact the experienced attorneys at Alhasoon, Glidden, and Glidden who regularly deal with pedestrian injuries to consult with them on your options. These steps are necessary if you need to later go to court to seek recovery for any damages resulting from the accident.
Get the Care and Attention You Deserve!
Our attorneys have years of experience representing clients in a variety of personal injury cases and investigating pedestrian accidents throughout Colorado. Contact the attorneys at the Denver-based firm of Alhasoon, Glidden, and Glidden to help you fight to recover every dollar you deserve.
If you have lost a loved one unexpectedly in a pedestrian accident to a careless or reckless driver, Alhasoon, Glidden and Glidden extends its deepest condolences, and is here to fight for you!