When commenting on the growing number of traffic fatalities in Colorado Springs, a police officer compared drivers to gamers. He noted that many drivers seem to have video game mentalities on the roadways. However, he observed that they often suffer real-life consequences, without the option to press the reset button. In 2017, there were a record number of fatalities involving pedestrians and cyclists. In auto-pedestrian accidents, of course, the pedestrians typically have little chance of survival.
Reportedly, the number of traffic deaths remained steady for the six years from 2009 through 2014. Then in 2015, there was a slight decrease, only to start a gradual rise again in 2016 and 2017. In Colorado Springs, 39 lives were lost in traffic accidents last year; 10 were pedestrians, three bicyclists and six motorcyclists.
A police department spokesperson lamented that consideration and politeness have all but disappeared, and one hardly ever sees drivers allowing others to merge. He added that even when someone is considerate, it has become unusual for the other person to wave thank you. Although modern cars are safer and provide extra protection, it is thought that more lives are lost due to reckless drivers.
Victims of auto-pedestrian accidents, including the surviving families of deceased victims, may be entitled to seek recovery of monetary damages sustained. The support and guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney can be a valuable asset. A lawyer can handle the presentation of the claim in a Colorado civil court, and a successfully presented lawsuit could result in a monetary judgment to cover financial and emotional damages.
Source: krdo.com, “Police seek to reduce traffic fatalities in Colorado Springs“, Scott Harrison, Jan. 29, 2018