Colorado is notorious for its scenery, beautiful weather, environmentally-aware inhabitants and year-round outdoor activities, so it’s no wonder that there are many pedestrians out and about 24/7. This includes walkers, hikers, runners, dog-walkers, children playing, and bikers, which can increase the chances of a pedestrian accident. In theory, following all laws and walking on the sidewalk and marked crosswalks should keep you safe, but we all know that this is not always the case. Speeding, distracted driving, reckless behavior and medical emergencies can all contribute to unanticipated pedestrian accidents and can cause catastrophic injuries.
In Colorado, we are pretty average compared to other states when it comes to our pedestrian accident statistics. Roughly 16 percent of people in killed in traffic accidents are pedestrians, making Colorado no more or less dangerous for pedestrians than any other state. However, in recent years, pedestrian deaths have been climbing, hitting an all-time high in 2018. Additionally, many pedestrian accidents occur between 6PM and midnight, when more people are out on the road with decreased visibility, so be aware of your surroundings and wear easily visible clothing while out during these hours.
In recent years, there has been a slight uptick in hit-and-runs in Colorado. These typically happen when a driver strikes someone, panics then flees the scene. If you’ve been struck by a driver who then fled, contact the police immediately and seek medical attention to insure that you are not injured in any way. If possible, make sure to note any details about the vehicle and driver involved and let the police know of those details.
While there will always be inherent risk involved when walking, running, riding or playing, it is still the most environmentally and health friendly mode of transportation. Simply exercise caution and be and aware of your surrounding, following all laws and heeding any posted signs.