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!
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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. And you can do so without worrying about the added stress of paying your lawyer. Denver Trial Lawyers ® ® generally operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that if there is no financial recovery, you will not owe any legal fees to the Denver Trial Lawyers ®.
Motorcycle accident victims in Colorado can recover economic damages. These types of damages are for both immediate and future costs. Economic damages cover the monetary amounts you’ve already spent, as well as potential future costs. They can also compensate you for the money you had coming in that is no longer available to you.
For example, economic damages can cover:
- Current medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- The costs of long-term care
- Damage to your bike
- Lost wages
- Income that you would have made in the future if it weren't for your accident
These damages are similar to the damages recoverable for car accident victims.
In some cases, riders injured in an accident can recover damages for psychological or emotional distress. Victims in a motorcycle accident may suffer from depression and anxiety because they are unable to do the things they used to do.
They could also be facing long-term therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder. Damages for non-economic compensation can help victims deal with their emotional trauma.
To understand what kinds of damages you could recover, it’s important to speak with a motorcycle accident lawyer about your case.
CAN I STILL GET COMPENSATION IF I WAS PARTIALLY TO BLAME?
Colorado uses comparative negligence to assess recovery in a motorcycle accident, even where you were partially to blame. Comparative negligence means that the court may reduce your recovery by the percentage you were to blame for the accident. It does not mean you cannot receive any compensation.
The only time comparative negligence would work to prevent you from any recovery is if you were more than 50 percent to blame for the accident. If the accident was primarily your fault, you likely won't be able to receive compensation. In all other circumstances, though, the court will only reduce your compensation by your percentage of fault. For example, if you were 10 percent at fault, you are still eligible for 90 percent of the compensation possible.
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.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, it's important to act quickly in order to get the compensation you deserve. You should file a police report, seek treatment for your injuries while documenting all medical care, and collect evidence related to your collision. Contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible so they can protect your legal rights and handle your claim.
You shouldn't try to handle your claim alone. Personal injury cases are complex and require expert legal knowledge. An accident attorney will help you calculate the full value of your case, negotiate on your behalf, and fight for the full amount you are entitled to receive.
You should contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Colorado's statute of limitations for motorcycle accident claims is three (3) years from the date of your accident. You must file a lawsuit before this deadline passes.
At Denver Trial Lawyers ®, we have helped numerous motorcycle crash victims and their families receive the compensation they need and deserve. We understand what it's like to be a motorcyclist on the road. So when you're in a motorcycle accident, we’re committed to getting you the best result possible.
In one case, we helped a Colorado woman recover $1.5 million for her losses. We've also helped clients recover between $500,000 and $700,000 for traumatic injuries they experienced from their accidents, including:
- Traumatic brain injury: One of the most serious types of injuries a motorcyclist can experience is a traumatic brain injury. These injuries require a lot of immediate care as well as long-term follow-up care.
- Spinal cord injuries: Vertebral injuries from a motorcycle accident can include compressed vertebrae, which can cause pain and numbness. Victims of spinal cord injuries may need surgery.
- Bone fractures: Victims of motorcycle accidents commonly experience bone fractures. Broken ribs, shoulders, and collarbones are all significant injuries requiring serious care.
We care about you, and we'll do everything we can to help.
See why our clients trust us to represent them in their motorcycle accidents.