Denver Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
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Denver Trial Lawyers, a nationally-recognized personal injury firm, represents motorcycle riders injured in accidents as well as the families of riders who die in fatal motorcycle accidents.
Our Denver motorcycle accident attorneys know that drivers of automobiles rarely respect the rights of motorcycle riders.
We understand that carelessness can lead to devastating accidents.
Since our founding, our firm has recovered hundreds of millions on behalf of our injured clients. To find out if you are eligible for compensation, call (303) 571-5302 for a free consultation!
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
In our experience, motorcycle accidents are often not the motorcycle rider’s fault.
In many cases, motorcycle accidents are caused by the following:
We work with experts in the field in order to build a powerful presentation of the facts on your behalf. Over the years, we have handled a variety of motorcycle accident cases. We are recognized as a tenacious legal firm who will fight relentlessly on our clients’ behalf.
Motorcycle Laws in Colorado
Following the law when you’re riding can help you to stay safe and reduce the risk of a collision. What’s more, if there is evidence that you breached the law--and that this breach contributed to your accident--your recoverable damages award may be reduced in proportion to your degree of fault.
- All riders and passengers under the age of 18 must wear a helmet (while helmets are not required for those over 18, wearing one is strongly recommended).
- Eye protection is required for all riders and passengers - the best eye protection is the visor on a helmet.
- If a motorcycle is carrying a passenger, it must have a footrest.
- Lane-splitting is illegal in Colorado; motorcyclists can share a lane with another motorcyclist, but may not pass or overtake another vehicle type.
- Motorcyclists are bound by all other traffic laws and rules of the road, including laws pertaining to stopping, yielding, speed limits, and more.
If you have questions about motorcycle laws in our state, it’s best to review these rules during your motorcycle training course, or to look up the law online. Colorado state code is available online.
What Can I Recover if I've Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?
Unfortunately, many motorcycle accidents are far more serious than accidents involving cars because riders are more exposed. This means that there is a higher chance of experiencing severe injuries, including brain damage, spinal cord damage, and many broken bones.
Depending on the nature of the injury, the costs can quickly add up. Prescriptions, in-home or outpatient care, and surgeries can drive your medical bills through the roof, all while you’re trying to deal with the burden of being seriously injured.
Fortunately, motorcycle accident victims can recover compensation. Just like in a car accident, motorcycle riders injured in a crash can recover both current and future medical expenses. Not only does this include hospital or other doctor’s bills, but also the cost of rehabilitative or long-term care required for recovery.
In some cases, riders injured in an accident can even recovery damages for psychological or emotional distress at not being able to do some of the things they used to. To understand exactly what kinds of damages you’d be able to recover, it’s important to speak with a motorcycle accident lawyer about your case.
Common Factors for Motorcycle Accidents and Fatalities
The vast majority of motorcycle accidents and motorcyclist injuries and fatalities could be prevented but for the negligence of motorcyclists and drivers on the road.
Indeed, there are a number of factors that the majority of motorcycle accidents have in common, including traveling at unsafe speeds, driving or operating a motorcycle while alcohol or drug impaired, swerving in and out of traffic, lane splitting, driving in drivers’ blind spots, illegally changing lanes, failing to yield, and driving while distracted.
In addition, poor road conditions which include road defects and poor visibility, as well as ice and snow, can also contribute to the risk of an accident.
What to do if You Suffered Injuries in a Colorado Motorcycle Crash
Being involved in a motorcycle accident can be a terrifying experience, especially if you are severely injured in the crash. If you have been in a motorcycle accident, it’s important that you act quickly to improve your chances of recovering your maximum compensation award.
Our lawyers strongly recommend filing a police report immediately (this is both legally required and an important part of the claims process), seeking medical care, documenting all medical care and following your doctor’s orders, and notifying your insurance company of the accident as soon as possible.
It’s also important that you begin collecting evidence related to your crash, including details about the other driver, the names of any eyewitnesses to the accident, and photographs of damages and injuries.
It’s also important that you call an attorney. Working with an attorney can improve the outcome of your claim. At the law offices of Denver Trial Lawyers, our lawyers will handle the investigation of your case, the building of your claim, and the negotiation of your settlement. We work on a contingency fee basis, and always offer free case evaluations to our prospective clients.
Call a Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorney for a Free Consultation!
To obtain the compensation the rider deserves, a motorcycle crash victim must work with experienced attorneys – attorneys who understand how to build a strong and convincing case before a skeptical judicial system.
As motorcycle riders ourselves, we understand a rider’s experience from their point of view. We can help a jury see a motorcycle crash as the victim saw it, not as the insurance company wants them to see it. We also handle bad faith claims against insurance companies.
At Denver Trial Lawyers, we have helped numerous motorcycle crash victims and their families receive the compensation they need and deserve. In one case, we helped a Colorado woman recover $1.5 million for her losses.