Each year in the United States almost 80,000 pedestrians are injured when they are hit by cars. Nearly 5,000 will be killed as a result of car-pedestrian accidents.
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Causes of Car-Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents result in serious injuries because the human body is not built to withstand the forces involved in a collision with a 3,000-pound vehicle. These tragic accidents are often caused by driver inattentiveness, such as:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Reckless driving
- Failure to yield right of way
Pedestrian accidents also lead to a high number of hit-and-run incidents because the vehicle involved does not sustain much damage and the victim cannot chase after the responsible driver. In these cases, you may be entitled to additional damages because of the driver's failure to act to help or notify authorities.
Non-Vehicular Pedestrian Accidents
In addition to pedestrian accidents caused by vehicles, thousands of people will be injured this year in non-vehicular pedestrian accidents. These include accidents caused by:
- Unmaintained parking lots, sidewalks, or bridges
- Lack of or poor property maintenance
- Falling debris from construction sites
Liability for these accidents may fall to property owners, construction companies, or even government entities. An experienced pedestrian accident lawyer can help you understand the complex liability issues and pursue the right legal action to hold parties responsible for your injuries.
Are you or someone you love suffering from injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident? Call the experienced pedestrian accident lawyers at Shafner Law today at (303) 796-0555 for your free consultation. We serve clients throughout the greater Denver area and the state of Colorado.