Based on a recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, highway safety officials nationwide, including Colorado, reported increased numbers of pedestrian deaths. Analysis of the combination of historical data and fatal auto-pedestrian accidents that were recorded for the first half of 2018 indicates a significant increase in such deaths. Researchers say it is the highest in 30 years.

The fact that all other types of fatal road accidents are declining underscores the need to work on ways to keep pedestrians safe. The study further shows that over 90 percent of fatal auto-pedestrian accidents happen after dark, and a significant percentage of those deaths involved alcohol impairment in drivers or pedestrians. Further analysis indicates a rise in fatalities among pedestrians who were struck by vehicles while they crossed roads.

Other factors beyond the control of traffic officials include increased numbers of pedestrians, fuel prices and weather conditions. Safety authorities say mitigation of the risks of pedestrian accidents will require collective efforts by both motorists and pedestrians. However, a comprehensive approach will have to include advanced engineering, law enforcement, effective emergency response and education.

Families in Colorado who lost loved ones in auto-pedestrian accidents might be entitled to pursue financial relief through the civil justice system of the state. An experienced personal injury attorney can assess the circumstances to determine the viability of a wrongful death claim, and assist with establishing negligence on the part of a motorist or another party. A successfully presented claim in the civil court might lead to a monetary award to cover economic and noneconomic losses.

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