Colorado rights-of-way laws for pedestrians dictate when vehicles have to stop for and yield to pedestrians who may be in or ready to cross U.S. roadways. Although drivers are required to know some of these laws in order to obtain a driver’s license in Colorado, it can be easy for them to forget within months or years of taking their driver’s license test; as a result, it’s important for drivers to take the time to review these laws in order to avoid getting tickets or, worse yet, getting into serious car accidents that end up injuring pedestrians.
The following provides an outline of Colorado pedestrian rights-of-way laws:
- Drivers are legally required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians when pedestrians are using crosswalks, when traffic signals are not in place and/or when traffic signals are not functioning (because of, for example, a loss of power).
- Drivers approaching a crosswalk at which other vehicles have stopped to let a pedestrian cross are also legally obligated to stop at the crosswalk and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians (instead of trying to drive through the crosswalk).
- Pedestrians have the right-of-way at intersections that have stop signs or flashing red signals.
Car Versus Pedestrian Accidents
While these laws are intended to keep pedestrians safe and prevent them from being hit by vehicles, unfortunately, not all drivers are aware of or abide by Colorado pedestrian rights-of-way laws. In such cases, if pedestrians are hit by vehicles:
- They may sustain severe bodily injuries (as even cars going at slow speeds can cause devastating physical injuries to pedestrians).
- They should seek immediate medical care, even if they don’t appear to have any injuries initially, as some car versus pedestrian accidents can cause injuries – like traumatic brain injuries – that may take days or weeks to become apparent.
- They should consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to learn more about their legal rights and potential entitlement to compensation.
For more important information regarding Colorado pedestrian rights-of-way laws, see our upcoming Part 2 of this blog.
Aurora County Car Accident Attorneys
If you were a pedestrian who was injured in a car accident, or if you have lost a loved one in a in any type of traffic accident, you are encouraged to consult with the motor vehicle accident lawyers at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC. Meeting with one of our esteemed attorneys as soon as your health is stabilized can ensure that you ultimately have the strongest case possible, as waiting will start immediately running out the statute of limitations for your case and could even result in the loss of critical evidence.
Our trusted Aurora County personal injury and accident attorneys have a proven track record of successfully handling car accident cases, wrongful death suits and other types of personal injury lawsuits, and we are experienced at helping victims and their families secure the maximum possible settlement for their losses. We encourage those who think they may have a claim to meet with us for a free initial consult to learn more about their legal rights and to receive a thorough evaluation of their case. Call us at (303) 932-8666 to get your case started at no upfront cost.