Denver, CO – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has identified the most dangerous roads for pedestrians and bicyclists in Denver. The section of roadway from Colfax Avenue and Moline Street to Colfax Avenue and Peoria Street topped the list of crash hotspots in the Denver metro area.
The CDOT report was based on crash reports around Denver and Colfax Avenue appeared to be a hotspot for accidents involving bicyclists as well as pedestrians crossing the road or simply standing on the sidewalk.
Only in the first two months of 2023, two people were pinned inside one of those bus stops following a crash, while a 15-year-old was hit and killed crossing the street in the same area.
The CDOT report also identified several safety improvements that could decrease the number of accidents, such as increased lighting and additional crosswalks to shortening the crossing distance from one side of Colfax Avenue to the other with raised medians.
Who may be at fault in a bicycle accident in Denver?
If you or a loved one were recently involved in such a crash, you need to reach out to an experienced Denver bicycle accident lawyer. You may require legal assistance to prove who was responsible for the accident and is therefore liable for damages.
When is a bicyclist at fault?
If the bicyclist didn’t stop at a sign or red light, was riding between lanes, or was riding on the sidewalk before unexpectedly crossing a road or merging into traffic, they’re usually going to be at fault. In such a case, they will have to recover damages against their own insurance and may be liable for the damages the car occupants suffered. Bicyclists are more likely to sustain severe injuries in a crash, but car drivers or passengers can also be hurt if the airbags are deployed or the driver hits the brake forcefully.
When is the motorist at fault?
The car driver may be liable for damages if they were negligent and that led to the crash. Your lawyers may be able to accuse the driver of negligence if:
- The driver was distracted (talking on the phone, texting, paying attention to other car occupants, etc)
- The driver was speeding or failed to signal a turn
- The driver ignored traffic signs or skipped a red light
You may be contacted by the motorist’s insurance company in the days following the crash. Make sure you don’t acknowledge any sort of negligence on your part as your damages may be reduced under Colorado’s comparative negligence rule. Also, do not accept any settlement offer without talking to a good personal injury lawyer in Denver first.
Note that the same applies when a pedestrian is injured in a car accident. Pedestrians must be very careful when crossing a road in Denver. If a person is not on a crosswalk or they ignore a stop sign/light, they may find it impossible to recover any damages.
If you have been recently involved in an accident caused by distracted driving, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at the Bryan & Terrill law firm right away if you want to get the damages you are entitled to.
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