Denver Bicycle Accident Lawyers
The road is designed to be shared by all, including both motorists and cyclists alike.
Common courtesy should be extended to the most vulnerable of all travelers, yet, the number of tragic bicycle accidents has not wavered in recent years. Colorado saw a 15-year-high number of fatalities of pedestrians and bicyclists in 2016.
While rules have been set to protect cyclists including what safety equipment and attire should be utilized, these types of incidents still continue to happen. Across the nation, cyclist fatalities have increased by 25% since 2010.
Without the same level of protection as motorists, bicyclists face serious injuries and an increased risk of suffering a fatality.
But just because you are a cyclist doesn’t mean others can ignore your rights and due safety. If you have suffered from a catastrophic bicycle accident injury as the result of another party’s negligence, you deserve justice and recovery.
Our reputation of successfully handling personal injury claims speaks volumes. When you seek guidance from The Bourassa Law Group, find comfort in knowing that you will secure a considerable settlement. Contact our Denver bicycle accident attorneys today at (303) 331-6186 or online for the personalized attention your claim deserves.
Types of Bicycle Accidents We Can Help You With
The Denver bike accident lawyers of The Bourassa Law Group promise to deliver individualized attention to you during your time of need. Our team of versatile personal injury attorneys is committed to providing excellent client service while using our extensive knowledge of traffic safety laws to help you recover the most compensation possible.
At The Bourassa Law Group, we are confident in helping residents of the Denver metro area if they are dealing with any of the following bicycle-related incidents:
- The ‘Right Cross’: As the cyclist attempts to cross in front of the car that pulled out to the right of their path, and faces them perpendicular, the car can strike them if they take off at the wrong time. Also, a car that pulls out too far into the path of a cyclist can cause an oncoming rider to collide straight into the hood of the car.
- The ‘Right Hook’: A car attempting a right turn can strike a cyclist if they fail to see them. A right-hook may also occur if a driver overtakes the biker, cuts them off and then gets in the way of their path during a turn, causing them to strike the vehicle.
- Dooring Accidents: This occurs when a parked driver fails to check for bicyclists on the lane and opens their door abruptly, causing the cyclist to strike the car.
- The ‘Rear End’: Drunk drivers commonly kill cyclists in rear-end collision accidents. These accidents are very serious given that the cyclist cannot see behind them, thus giving them less opportunity to react.
- The ‘Left Cross’: As a driver attempts a left turn from the opposite direction of traffic, a bicyclist going straight along their path may not be able to brake or divert direction. Either party’s failure to brake can result in a severe impact.
- Parking Lot/ Driveway Accidents: A car reversing from a driveway or parking lot can harm an unseen bicyclist, even at slow driving speeds.
- Hit-and-Run Accidents: Fleeing the scene is a crime, and no victim should have to deal with the negligence and irresponsibility of one who commits this foul act.
- Wrongful Death: Despite wearing protective equipment, any impact with a cyclist can pose a threat to their life, given their vulnerability. In the event that negligence plays a role in a fatality, remaining family members may be able to file a wrongful death claim.
We are also able to assist with:
- Children’s Bicycle Accidents
- Bicycle vs Bicycle Accidents
- Accidents Caused by Defective Bike Parts
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Intersection Accidents
- Road Defect Accidents
Riding bikes is no longer just a pastime for children and bicycling enthusiasts. In addition to leisure rides, people of all ages use bicycles to commute to work, travel about town, and for exercise.
Do not let the pain you are suffering from your bicycle accident go unheard. The attentive and concerned attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group can alleviate you of any legal concerns in the event that you pursue a personal injury claim.
Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents
Bicyclists are exposed to all the same dangers of the road as drivers of motor vehicles, and then some. Any accident that can occur on U.S. roads can very well happen to a cyclist, however, the damages are intensified due to a lack of protection.
Proving negligence is important to developing a strong case. The following causes of bike accidents can be taken as evidence of negligence:
- Disregarding Traffic Safety Rules – Bicyclists can be hard to spot, even more so if negligent motorists are not following the rules of the road. Failure to stop at a traffic light, yield to a cyclist or disregard any other traffic safety rules can cause a collision.
- Drunk Driving – Under no circumstance should an intoxicated individual get behind the wheel. Drunk drivers pose a serious threat to cyclists because of their inability to properly control a vehicle.
- Speeding – Speeding means less time to react to unexpected situations. A driver traveling at high speed may not see a cyclist in time and thus crash into them.
- Distractions – Any instance where a driver fails to focus on the road ahead or takes their hands off the wheel can lead to a serious accident.
- Road Conditions – Bicycles work best on uninterrupted paths that avoid heavy areas of traffic. Traveling down busy roads full of potholes or other poor road conditions can cause a bicycle accident.
- Bicycle Equipment Defect – If the brake pads, tires, reflective lights, or headlights malfunction, this can cause reduced control over the bicycle and diminished visibility to other drivers.
No matter what type of bicycle crash you’ve endured, you can consult the dedicated and well-versed bicycle accident attorneys of The Bourassa Law Group for guidance on the action you should take towards recovery. Contact us today at (303) 331-6186 for a no-obligation, consultation.
Types of Injuries Suffered from Bicycle Accidents
Imagine the weight of an individual and their bike up against a vehicle that can weigh as much as 4,000 pounds. The force and velocity of such an impact is sure to induce serious injuries or death.
Collisions, rollovers, or a bicyclist being thrown off of their ride can cause a vast range of injuries such as:
- Broken Bones
- Road Burns
- Emotional Trauma
- Facial Injuries
- Hand Injuries
- Head Trauma
- Internal Damage
- Neck Injuries
- Nerve Damage
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Ruptured Discs
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Wrongful Death
No matter what type of bicycle accident you or a loved one have suffered, the committed Denver bicycle accident attorneys of The Bourassa Law Group are equipped with the skill set and experience necessary to help you obtain full compensation for the damages you have suffered.
Contact us today at The Bourassa Law Group for a no-obligation consultation.
What to Do After a Bicycle Accident
In the event that you or a loved one should ever be involved in a bicycle accident, you should immediately seek medical attention.
Consider taking these steps if you are involved in a bicycle accident:
- Always ride with a cell phone and at least one form of identification in case an accident should occur.
- Seek medical care, or if you are unable to, have a witness assist you in calling an ambulance and authorities.
- Leave the scene undisturbed so that police may assess the scene properly.
- If possible, gather details of the situation including contact info of individuals involved, including eye-witnesses.
- After assessing your injuries, consult the bicycle accident attorneys of The Bourassa Law Group for solutions to pay for medical costs and other damages.
- Consult your own insurance company to see what coverage you may have for bicycle accidents.
- Keep and secure all medical records and receipts of treatment.
- Obtain the police report of the accident.
- Treat your injuries and take all prescriptions as assigned by your doctor.
- If a negligent party caused the accident that brought harm upon you, then you should seek a claim against their insurance policy.
If you seek full compensation for damages resulting from an accident caused by a negligent party, our client-driven services and extensive knowledge of the law can help you get the most out of your claim.
Seek our compassionate attorneys today for the attention your unique case deserves. Obtaining you full compensation is our ultimate priority.
How The Bourassa Law Group can Serve You
As per Colorado law, both bicyclists and motorists must follow traffic safety laws. Colorado is a modified comparative fault state, which means that your degree of liability in the accident can affect the value of compensation you can recover.
In the event that a motor vehicle, another bicyclist, or another third-party negligently caused you harm, our attorneys can assist you by:
- Discovering evidence of negligence through a thorough investigation of your accident.
- Building up a strong and effective case through documentation.
- Providing reassurance and compassion in this very vulnerable time.
- Offering our years of experience and successful litigation to win a considerable settlement for you.
- Negotiate settlements with difficult insurance companies and provide any proof or information to secure your damages.
- If your claim must proceed to trial, you can rely on our skill and precision to handle every legal aspect of your case in an effective manner.
Have you or a loved one suffered a serious injury in a traumatic bicycle accident? Seek a no-obligation, consultation from our expert Denver bicycle attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group.
Call us today at (303) 331-6186 or contact us online.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.