Fact:This year, 10,839 people will die in drunk-driving crashes - one every 50 minutes
-National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2009
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Getting hit by car in Colorado is a serious matter. The human body simply isn’t built to withstand a collision with a 3000-or-more pound vehicle, even one moving at just a few miles per hour. If you or a loved one have been hit by a car, whether on your bike or on foot while crossing at an intersection, you know this already. Bicycle and pedestrian accidents are among the most dangerous kind of accidents, often leading to serious brain injuries, broken bones, internal organ damage, and death. Additionally, because of the uniquely vulnerable position of bicyclists and pedestrians, bicycle and pedestrian accidents in Colorado are more likely to be hit-and-run accidents than any other kind of auto accident.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident in Colorado, you may be the victim of serious injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages, and large medical bills. Contact Denver attorney Alan Shafner now for a FREE consultation.
|If you’ve been injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident in Colorado, the Law Offices of Alan Shafner will represent you with compassion and integrity, and act aggressively to get you the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.|
Great weather, beautiful scenery, and an environment and a health-conscious population have made Colorado the state with the highest percentage of cyclists per capita in the United States. And while Colorado is also one of the most cyclist-friendly states (and Denver is one of the most cyclist-friendly cities), many Colorado drivers still have trouble sharing the road. This year there will be hundreds of injuries to cyclists caused by bad drivers, including serious injuries and fatalities. And needless to say, when there are traffic accidents involving cars and people on bicycles, it’s the cyclists who are on the receiving end of the injuries and fatalities.
When a Colorado bicycle accident occurs, involving a cyclist and a vehicle, the most important issue can be who is at fault, and to what extent. For instance, the driver may be liable if he or she was speeding, running a stop sign or stop light, drifting into the bike lane, or failing to acknowledge the cyclists presence on the road. An experienced Colorado bicycle accident lawyer can carefully sift through the evidence to determine fault, including examining the police report for other potential traffic violations the driver may have been culpable for at the time of the accident, and help identify all of the possible damages resulting from the accident.
This year in the United States there will be around 80,000 pedestrians injured, and around 5,000 pedestrians killed as a result of being hit by a car. Driver inattentiveness is the primary cause, including reckless driving, distracted driving, drivers talking on cell phones, and drunk driving. Many of these fatal and injury-causing accidents happen when drivers of cars, trucks, and buses don’t yield to the right of way of pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections. A high percentage of pedestrian accidents happen at dusk and night time, when visibility is reduced, or between 3:00 and 4:00 PM: when children are walking home from school. A vehicle going only a few miles an hour can seriously injure a pedestrian or cause permanent disability or death.
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, and falling debris from construction sites. Non-vehicular pedestrian accidents may have multiple responsible parties, including construction companies, property owners, and even government entities. If you’ve been injured in a non-vehicular pedestrian accident, the liability issues involved may be extremely complex. An experienced Colorado pedestrian accident attorney can help sort through these issues and get you fair compensation for your injuries, medical bills, loss of employment, and pain and suffering.
Because of the unique vulnerability of pedestrians and cyclists, and relative lack of mobility (compared to the person in a vehicle), and because most of the time the driver of a vehicle who hits a person on foot or on a bicycle does not suffer much visible damage to their car, truck, or SUV, Colorado bicycle and pedestrians accidents tend to include a high number of hit-and-run accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident where the driver left the scene of the accident, you may be eligible to receive additional punitive damages and other damages relating to a failure to act to help you or notify authorities about the accident and your injuries. An experienced Colorado pedestrian accident attorney can sort through these issues and get you all of the compensation that you are entitled to.
Due to the complexity of handling a personal injury claim resulting from a bicycle or pedestrian accident, including finding immediate sources of money for medical expenses, the multiple elements that need to be proved in order to establish a personal injury claim, the multiple levels of liability and potential insurance issues involved, and experience and resources at the disposal of insurance companies to fight and minimize your claim, it’s strongly recommended that you hire an experienced Colorado pedestrian or bicycle accident attorney. Additionally, non-economic damages from a Colorado accident can be the most challenging for victims to accurately define and be compensated for, and its in the interest of the offending drivers’ insurance companies to minimize these type of claims. The Law Office of Alan Shafner has the experience and know-how to find all the potential damages that you can claim compensation for, and the tenacity and skill to aggressively and competently pursue them.
|Denver Attorney Alan Shafner Helps Victims of Colorado Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents.|
Denver attorney Alan Shafner has been fighting for victims of Colorado bicycle and pedestrian accidents for over three decades with integrity and compassion. Born and raised in Denver, he has helped victims of Colorado accidents recover millions of dollars in damages. If you’ve been the victim of a bicycle or pedestrian accident in Colorado, the Law Offices of Alan Shafner will aggressively pursue your case to the fullest extent necessary to get you the compensation that you deserve, including reimbursement for lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Let us help you hold the negligent party responsible for your devastating injury.
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Greenwood Village, CO 80111