Denver Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Motorcycle accidents can be some of the most serious on our Colorado highways. If you have been seriously injured, contact the personal injury attorneys of The Bourassa Law Group to schedule a free consultation!
As per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a motorcyclist involved in an accident is 28 times more likely to die than the passenger of a traditional motor vehicle. While motorcyclists should take certain precautions to minimize the risk of a serious injury or fatality, just the same, drivers should be extra cautious around these vulnerable drivers.
The Denver motorcycle accident attorneys of The Bourassa Law Group are ready to help you secure all the compensation available to you if you have suffered serious damages as the result of another party’s negligence. At The Bourassa Law Group we value the relationships we build with our clients. You are more than just another number; you are an individual in need of meaningful assistance, and our Denver attorneys are ready to deliver.
You deserve justice for the damages you have suffered. Contact The Bourassa Law Group today at (303) 331-6186 or online for a no-obligation consultation.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle drivers do not have the same level of protection as passengers in a traditional vehicle, therefore a collision with them can be that much more serious. It is very important that all parties be attentive and focused when driving.
Some of the more common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Distracted driving. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. If a driver looks away from the road for even a second, whether it’s to send a text or change the radio station, it can result in a fatal situation.
- Driving under the influence. Alcohol and drugs are one of the most frequently cited factors of fatal collisions. This is no different for motorcycle accidents. Negligent drivers that were under the influence can be subject to civil and criminal law.
- Drivers failing to check blind spot. Motorcycles are no match for passenger vehicles, especially trucks, SUVs, and semi-trailers. When drivers fail to check their blind spots when changing lanes, they endanger the lives of oncoming motorcyclists.
- Speed limits are set for a reason. Accidents occurring at high speeds can cause severe damages to a motorcyclist. The higher the speed, the increased risk of causing a fatality.
- Sudden stops. All vehicles should be extremely cautious when traveling behind a motorcycle. A sudden stop can have catastrophic results; the average weight of a car is nearly 2,000 pounds. Fatal injuries and death can be the result of a motorcyclist being rear-ended by a vehicle.
- Failure to yield right-of-way. It is crucial to be observant of nearby motorcycles. A failure to yield the right-of-way to motorcycles is a common cause of catastrophic collisions.
- Failure to share lane. It’s legal for motorcyclists to share a lane, but when a motorcyclist fails to share the lane safely with another rider and an accident results, they may be held liable for the victim’s injuries and losses.
- Inexperienced drivers. Inexperienced drivers often make mistakes on the road and a bad encounter with a motorcycle can be deadly.
- Defective motorcycle parts. If a motorcycle part is defective, this can lead to a failure in function, which can be dangerous on the road. The manufacturer of the motorcycle part may be responsible for this issue.
Our knowledgeable Denver motorcycle accident attorneys have secured substantial compensation for many victims. We promise to do work hard and deliver the same quality service and results for you.
Contact us today at (303) 331-6186 for a free consultation.
Most Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Did you know that the blind spot of the average vehicle is 650-square-feet; this is just about the size of a small apartment or even a jet? This is what makes left turns and movements made without regard so dangerous to small motorcycles that may be traveling down a negligent driver’s path.
The Colorado Department of Transportation has even launched a motorcycle safety campaign to raise awareness towards the significance of checking blind spots and keeping an extra-vigilant eye out for motorcycle riders. Even a small collision can have serious consequences.
The Colorado personal injury attorneys of The Bourassa Law Group are equipped with the knowledge and experience necessary to handle a wide number of cases for victims that may have suffered any of the following common motorcycle accident injuries:
- Head Injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 69 percent. Although wearing a helmet is advised, only those under 18 are required to wear one in Colorado.
- Neck Injuries. The spine can be just as vulnerable as the head in accidents. Neck injuries are commonly the result of rear-end collisions. Severe damage to the spinal cord can even lead to paralysis in some cases.
- Road Rash. Motorcyclists can be thrown off their bike and suffer burns, scrapes, cuts, and bruises from sliding across the road or pavement. Road rash can lead to surface nerve damage, infections, and in worst-case scenarios, require skin grafts.
- Leg Injuries. The limbs can be especially vulnerable to injury. Legs can be subject to broken bones, knee injuries, twisted ankles, torn ligaments, and all forms of road rash. A severe enough injury or infection can even lead to amputation.
- Arm Injuries. Arms can be subject to injury after being thrown off a bike. Usually, arms are used to brace oneself upon impact, which can lead to broken bones, torn rotator cuffs, fractured fingers, and nerve damage.
- Trauma to pelvis. Other serious injuries that can be the result of being thrown off the bike include trauma to the pelvic bone, torso injury, broken or cracked ribs, and even internal bleeding.
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Motorcycle Riding Laws in Colorado
Motorcycle riders must follow the general rules of the road in addition to other precautions. Due to Colorado being a comparative negligence state, failing to abide by these riding laws can result in partial liability on behalf of the motorcyclist.
If you ride a motorcycle, be sure to follow the riding laws of Colorado to further ensure your safety and the safety of others on the road. Some of these requirements include:
- Proper License Endorsement: In Colorado, motorcyclists must obtain an endorsement on their driver’s license. To get an endorsement ‘M’ that allows them to legally ride a 2 or 3-wheel motorcycle, a driver must be 16 years old, pass a written examination, and complete an on-bike skills test.
- Helmets: Although helmets are proven to reduce the chance of death in the case of a motorcycle accident, you are not legally required to wear a helmet if you are older than 18 in the state of Colorado.
- Insurance Requirements: Motorcyclists in Colorado are required to have insurance and show proof of insurance at the request of the authorities. There are penalties for riding without insurance:
- First Offense: A minimum of $500 fine, 4 points on your driving record, and possible suspension of your license.
- Second Offense: A minimum of $1,000 fine and 4-month license suspension.
- Third Offense: A minimum of $1,000 fine, required community service and 8-month license suspension.
- Lane Splitting: In Colorado, it is illegal for cars to pass or overtake a vehicle in the same lane. Motorcycles, however, are allowed to share a lane or ‘co-ride’ with one other motorcycle. Riders are not allowed to attach their motorcycle to another vehicle such as another motorcycle or car.
- Bike Lights: A motorcycle bike must have proper headlights and tail lights for adequate visibility, especially at night. Riders are allowed to use headlights during the day, such as when it’s raining, but are required to use them at night, along with tail lights. Headlights must be white light and be able to project 500 feet. It is illegal to have additional colored lights on your bike- such as blue, green, red, etc.
- Passengers: Colorado does not have a specific age limit for motorcycle passengers. They can ride in an enclosed side cab or on the back of the bike if there are footrests. Passenger under 18 must wear a helmet and all passengers must use footrests.
If you are unsure of what your legal rights are following a motorcycle accident, consult the Denver motorcycle accident attorneys of The Bourassa Law Group immediately.
Compensation Available for Your Motorcycle Accident Claim
Each motorcycle accident has its own unique set of circumstances. These circumstances can affect available compensation. The lawyers at The Bourassa Law Group will work diligently to investigate and recover all compensation for you.
We understand that during the process of securing compensation for your injuries, you may be under financial duress, that is why we will work efficiently to get you through the process as quickly as possible. We also want to ensure that we will communicate with you through clear and simple language.
When it comes to securing your recovery, the following conditions can contribute to the amount of compensation you are able to obtain:
- Whether any traffic citations were issued at the scene. If the at-fault party was issued a ticket, this may serve as evidence of negligent driving.
- Whether the at-fault party was charged with a DUI or DWI. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be determined by authorities. The driver may face civil and criminal charges.
- The type of insurance the responsible party has. This can affect whether the at-fault driver has enough policy coverage (or any) to assist in your recovery.
- Whether you were partially at fault for the accident. Colorado is a comparative negligence state, therefore, your claim may be reduced by your degree of fault.
- How severe your injuries are. Keep records of all medical treatment, rehabilitation treatments, and total loss of wages that would have been made had it not been for the presence of your injuries.
- Recovery time.
Our dedicated Colorado motorcycle accident attorneys will work diligently to secure the following compensation:
- Property damages
- Accident-related medical charges
- Lost wages including permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Damages suffered to your relationship with spouse or children
- Legal fees
You do not have to suffer in silence.
When you seek the knowledgeable and experienced Denver attorneys of The Bourassa Law Group, you can feel safe and confident knowing that our committed team is doing everything they can to help secure full recovery for everything you have suffered.
For a free consultation, contact The Bourassa Law Group today at (303) 331-6186 or by contacting 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.