Losing a loved one in a pedestrian accident is unthinkable. During your time of grief, the last thing you may want to consider is legal action. However, you and your family deserve justice. In addition, you shouldn’t also have to suffer financially because of another person’s negligence.
Our law firm can help you through this difficult time. We can shoulder the legal burdens for you, so you can focus on rebuilding your life after your loved one’s death. Together we can seek justice for your family, as well as the compensation you need to move forward. Yet, filing a wrongful death claim in Colorado isn’t easy.
Pedestrian Accidents in Colorado
The number of fatal pedestrian accidents in Colorado has nearly doubled in the last decade. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and AAA Colorado found that pedestrian deaths were up 89 percent in Colorado. This is far more than the national increase of just 53 percent. The increase was directly tied to urban areas, particularly mid-block locations along major roads. They also most often occurred at nighttime, and at places outside an intersection or crosswalk.
Sadly, alcohol remains one of the largest contributors to pedestrian fatalities. This includes pedestrians who have been drinking, as well as drunk drivers who fail to notice pedestrians on the road.
What is Wrongful Death?
When another person causes an accident that results in a fatality, a wrongful death has occurred. Family members who suffered may file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party. This claim is similar to a personal injury lawsuit, in that it seeks to compensate the wronged parties for their suffering.
During the first year after a pedestrian fatality, the surviving spouse is the only family member that can file a wrongful death lawsuit. In the second year, the surviving spouse, as well as surviving children, can file a wrongful death lawsuit.
If you are unsure if you can file a pedestrian accident wrongful death claim, it is important to speak to an experienced Colorado pedestrian accident lawyer. Your attorney can investigate your loved one’s accident and determine the best course of legal action for you and your family.
At the Green Law Firm, P.C., our wrongful death attorneys will help you and your family through the painful process of moving forward in life. To do this, we take the legal burdens off you and will help you seek compensation for your suffering. This often includes seeking both economic and non-economic damages, including financial losses associated with your loved one’s death.