Denver Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Pedestrians are vulnerable. Too often, motorists do not exercise the caution and care that pedestrians deserve. No matter how careful we try to be on foot, no human is a match for the size, speed, or weight of a motor vehicle.
If you have been injured in an auto-pedestrian accident in Denver — or if you have lost a loved one due to a driver or bus operator’s negligence — you may now find yourself at the beginning of a long and complex legal process. We can help. We represent people who have suffered serious injury or fatality while commuting as pedestrians in Colorado.
Why Choose Chalat Law to Represent You?
- At Chalat Law, we maintain close working relationships with traffic reconstruction experts, medical experts, and experienced forensic engineers. And through years of practice, we have a keen understanding of the science of momentum analysis and the use of technology to fully develop the story of the accident.
- Our attorneys have decades of experience successfully representing pedestrian victims. We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients.
- We are not a settlement mill, and you are not a case number so you will never be treated as such. Our lawyers are your point of contact when you hire us. We believe in hands-on case management and a direct line of communication to ensure our clients understand what we are doing on their behalf, from the start to the very end.
- We operate on a contingency fee basis. You do not have to pay any legal fees unless we secure a settlement on your behalf.
Why Should I Hire a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer?
A pedestrian accident may involve traffic laws, employee/employer law, premises liability and negligence claims. And the injuries themselves tend to be medically sophisticated. Pedestrians frequently suffer at least two points of impact; the first with a vehicle during collision, and the second with the ground resulting in more complex injuries.
Studies show claimants who have a personal injury lawyer by their side typically walk away with about three times as much compensation, after legal fees, compared to those who handle their own matter. Without the expertise and experience of a skilled pedestrian accident lawyer, victims are, unfortunately, at the mercy of the insurance company and their settlement tactics.
Our pedestrian accident attorneys are not only proficient in the relevant laws, procedural rules and the medicine that may affect a case, but are also undeniably effective at negotiating with insurance companies. This is our trade. This is what we do every day, year round.
Colorado State Law
Under Colorado law, everyone must drive carefully. Generally, that means yielding to pedestrians, driving cautiously when pedestrians are present and obeying all the rules of the road. When a driver fails to meet this duty of care, they are considered negligent. And therefore are liable for the damages they cause by being careless.
Colorado law defines a pedestrian as an individual walking or using a wheelchair for mobility. Unfortunately, young children and the elderly are the most likely groups to be killed or injured in a pedestrian crash. The Colorado legislature has recognized it is in the best interest of all Coloradans to enhance the safety of pedestrians. And laws go to great length to protect them. Since a pedestrian/vehicle accident claim involves a motor vehicle, it is governed by a three year statute of limitations period.
- Drivers must yield the right of way when pedestrians are within the same half of a crosswalk as the vehicle.
- This law also applies to stop signs or flashing red lights regardless of whether or not the traffic signals are working or missing entirely.
- If a vehicle has stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross the roadway, whether at a marked or unmarked crosswalk, a driver may not pass or go around the stopped vehicle.
- Pedestrians must follow the flashing Walk and Don’t Walk signals.
- A pedestrian must use the crosswalks where adjacent intersections have traffic signals; crossing in unmarked areas is considered jaywalking.
- Pedestrians must yield to all vehicles while crossing outside of a marked crosswalk.
- A pedestrian may not suddenly leave the curb and walk or run into an on-coming vehicle that is close enough to be considered hazardous.
- Pedestrians must yield to all vehicles while crossing the road where there is a pedestrian tunnel or overhead crossing.
Other Rights and Duties of Pedestrians
- If a public roadway does not have a sidewalk, pedestrians must walk along the shoulder of the road, facing traffic.
- If a sidewalk along a roadway exists, a pedestrian must walk on it.
- Pedestrians must use common sense and be aware of their surroundings. They must do whatever is reasonable and prudent to stay out of harm’s way.
Pedestrian Bus Accidents in Denver: Light Rail, MallRide, RTD
Here in Denver, many pedestrians have been injured while interacting with the city’s various forms of mass transit. We have seen many people injured while boarding or unloading from Regional Transportation District (RTD) buses, the RTD-operated MallRide shuttle bus system on Denver’s 16th Street Mall, and the RTD’s light rail trains, which travel outside the city limits and throughout the Denver metro.
Claims involving a bus line can be challenging in terms of the legal framework. That’s because the RTD itself is a government entity. Government entities are subject to special protections (though not necessarily immune from the claims process), while many of its drivers are contractors who work for private (non-governmental) companies. Other bus accidents may involve similarly sophisticated legal issues.
For decades, our team of personal injury attorneys and legal professionals have successfully represented the rights of pedestrian/bus accident victims. We understand the complex legal issues that arise from accidents involving buses operated by government entities, school buses, and charter buses. We have extensive experience with light rail accidents and RTD bus accidents and know how to get our clients the compensation they deserve.
What Type of Compensation Am I Entitled to in a Pedestrian Accident?
A pedestrian accident often results in serious injuries. These injuries may prevent a victim from being able to work for weeks, months, or even years and may affect one’s ability to participate in activities and hobbies, care for children, and do everyday things like household chores. To make matters worse, insurance companies are notorious for undervaluing the extent of an injured person’s damages after an accident. They will go to great lengths to avoid fairly compensating a victim for their injuries; many of which will affect the victim for the rest of their life.
Because of this, it is critical to retain a pedestrian accident lawyer who has the experience to properly value the extent of your damages. And, to be there to negotiate with the insurance company. A pedestrian accident victim may be entitled to both economic and non-economic damages, including:
- Current and future medical expenses such as hospital bills, surgery, and other ongoing medical needs such as physical therapy and prescription medication
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning potential
- Mental pain and suffering
How This Works
A careful case review will be performed by your lawyer to assess the strengths and weaknesses of your case. Then the conclusions of this review are presented to you in a thorough, understandable manner.
For more details: Litigation Process.