Walking is the primary form of transportation for residents in many Colorado cities. Take a drive along any city street and it’s obvious there are pedestrians everywhere these days. Pedestrians and vehicles tend to use the same roadways and intersections. Unfortunately, when vehicles and pedestrians are in such proximity, accidents are almost inevitable. Because pedestrians are minimally protected, there’s a high chance they can suffer serious or fatal injuries if they are hit by a vehicle.
Recently in Lakewood, a woman in a wheelchair suffered fatal injuries after being struck by a vehicle. The accident happened during the afternoon hours at the intersection of Teller Street and West Colfax Avenue. According to police reports, the woman was in a wheelchair and was crossing the street in a crosswalk when she was suddenly hit by a pickup truck.
The woman was badly injured and rushed to a local hospital where she later died. The driver of the pickup reportedly stayed at the scene of the accident and cooperated with police. Reports said the driver was cited for careless driving resulting in death.
Where to go for help
Much has been done in recent years to improve the safety of pedestrians in Colorado, including upgrades to infrastructure and increased law enforcement efforts. Although these are welcomed improvements, safety is ultimately the responsibility of both drivers and pedestrians. Unfortunately, not all drivers are cautious behind the wheel. Families who have suffered the loss of a dear loved one due to the negligence of another party have the right to speak with an attorney about their options for recourse. A successful wrongful death claim could supply family members with rightful and much-needed compensation.