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In recent decades, technological advancements have made car drivers and passengers safer than ever. The same can't be said for pedestrians and bicyclists.

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, 90 pedestrians and 22 bicyclists were killed in motor vehicle accidents last year. Most of these fatal accidents happened in the Denver metropolitan area, but there were crashes reported all over the state.

While pedestrian and bicycle accidents make up small percentages of the total motor vehicle accidents, they account for a high percentage of Colorado's serious and fatal traffic accidents. And the number of such accidents appears to be growing, especially as metropolitan areas become more crowded.

Government agencies and safety advocates are trying to turn things around. Bicyclist groups and other safety activists are trying to educate drivers about the issue. They're also pressuring state and local government agencies to increase safety measures. This summer, Gov. Jared Polis signed into law a bill that increases penalties against drivers who seriously injure bicyclists. The minimum penalty will now be 10 days in jail and a $300 fine.

Personal injury lawsuits can also play a part in improving road safety. When negligent drivers are held liable for the damages they cause, it encourages other drivers to be more careful around bicyclists and pedestrians.

For the injured and their families, these lawsuits can help with medical expenses, lost wages and the many other damages that follow a terrible accident. The injured and their families can talk to a personal injury attorney about their legal options for pursuing compensation.

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