Take a drive through any Colorado city and it’s easy to see that pedestrians are everywhere. For many people here, walking is not only a way to stay healthy but also a main source of transportation. However, one recent report suggests that roadways may be getting more dangerous for pedestrians in Colorado.
Record number of fatalities
According to a recent report from the Colorado Department of Transportation, more Colorado pedestrians are suffering fatal injuries than ever before. Unfortunately, the data suggests this troubling trend is not slowing. The report showed there were a total of 111 pedestrian traffic fatalities in 2022 in Colorado, which was a record for the second consecutive year. In 2021, there were 94 pedestrian deaths, also a record at the time.
In total, Colorado’s traffic fatalities increased by 27% from 2019 to 2022, the report said. So far for 2023, there have been 49 pedestrians killed on or near Colorado roadways, which is already more than in the entire year of 2011. CDOT says pedestrian deaths could be near record levels if current trends continue.
What to do after an accident
Whenever pedestrians and vehicles are utilizing the same routes, there will be a chance for serious or deadly accidents to happen. What victims do in the aftermath of an accident often determines how quickly they can financially and physically recover. Those who have suffered injuries or the loss of loved ones in accidents caused by negligence have the right to speak with an experienced litigator and seek much-needed monetary damages to help ease their pain and suffering.