The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) reports that in 2010, there were 4,280 pedestrian fatalities and an additional 70,000 people were injured in traffic accidents. That’s about one pedestrian killed every two hours and one pedestrian injured every eight minutes.
According to the study, Protecting Pedestrians and Bicyclists, posted on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety website, Allan F. Williams writes:
“Pedestrians and bicyclists are commonly referred to as ‘vulnerable road users,’ because in collisions with motor vehicles the lack of a protective structure and differences in mass heighten their injury susceptibility. Protecting them is a challenge, because road systems typically have been built for motor vehicles, with little attention to those on foot or on bicycles who may wish to travel on or alongside roads, or cross them, or change direction at intersections.”
With the rash of tragic pedestrian and hit-and-run crashes lately in Denver, it seems timely that it we review some basic safety tips that can help pedestrians stay safer while navigating the streets. While some accidents involving pedestrians are unavoidable, for example when a drunk driver or distracted driver is involved, there are some safety precautions recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that pedestrians can take to improve their odds.
Additional advice from Safe Kids, Inc. includes these tips for children:
By enacting House Bill 1084 in June of 2012, Colorado lawmakers made it tougher on hit-and-run drivers by increasing the penalties for leaving the scene of a crash. However, these appalling crashes still occur far too often throughout Denver and the State of Colorado. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a pedestrian or hit-and-run crash, contact the experienced and compassionate Denver pedestrian accident attorneys at The Bendinelli Law Firm. We’ll help you navigate the complex legal maze to get the compensation you deserve so you and your family can focus on healing.