A recent Colorado Springs accident reported in the local news involved a pedestrian who suffered serious injuries after getting struck by a car.
The collision, which occurred at night, highlights the dangers pedestrians face on the road, especially after dark. 2012 pedestrian collision data reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 70% of pedestrian fatalities during that year occurred at night (defined as the time period between the hours of 6 pm and 5:59 am).
Pedestrian safety tips for venturing out after dark:
- Wear reflectors and lighter-colored clothes. Use a flashlight.
- Try to avoid unlit areas (apparently, this recent collision took place on an unlit section of the road).
- Do not venture out onto the road while intoxicated (in this accident, however, drugs and alcohol appeared not to have played any role).
- As much as possible, stick to sidewalks and cross the road on crosswalks. Try to make eye contact with drivers as you’re about to cross the road, to confirm that they’ve seen you. If there are no sidewalks, remain as far to the side of the road as possible and walk facing traffic.
But it’s also not enough to tell pedestrians to take safety precautions. We have to look into the role that drivers play in these kinds of accidents. For example, in this recent accident, why didn’t the driver spot the pedestrian? Would a driver abiding by traffic laws and behaving attentively have had enough time to stop the vehicle? Was the driver using headlights?
Don’t hesitate to contact experienced Colorado Springs injury attorneys for assistance. Even when they survive a collision, pedestrians often need to struggle for a prolonged period of time with serious injuries and disabilities. An attorney can help you figure out what happened during the collision, who was responsible, and what avenues of compensation you can pursue in order to deal with medical bills and other expenses.