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. You may be entitled to compensation.
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. When drivers act negligently and endanger a motorcyclist, or vice versa, the negligent party may be held financially accountable.
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 free, no-obligation consultation.
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Do I Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
If you have been hurt or suffered property damage in a motorcycle accident, it is important to contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer. This lawyer can help you pursue compensation for the expenses you have incurred due to someone else’s negligence.
Motorcycle accidents are often quite serious, and they can have costly consequences. Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to injury in a motor vehicle accident. The hospital bills related to motorcycle accident injuries can multiply fast. When you add on the cost of property damage, the possible need for future rehabilitation, and lost earning capacity, the importance of securing compensation becomes imperative.
In the aftermath of an accident, divvying up responsibility for paying various bills can be contentious. Even if it seems clear-cut that one of the drivers’ insurance companies should pay certain bills, the insurance company may drag its feet or even refuse to pay. These companies tend to act with their own financial interests at heart — and when they see a chance to avoid compensating an accident victim, they are likely to take it.
In these situations, it is crucial to have a lawyer. A skilled personal injury attorney will stand up to powerful insurance companies and negotiate for fair compensation. Furthermore, an attorney will be able to ensure that you do not take on more than your fair share of the blame for the accident. An attorney can work to ward off claims of partial liability, which will help to maximize the amount of compensation that is available to you following your accident.
Why Choose The Bourassa Law Group to Handle My Case?
If you choose to work with The Bourassa Law Group, you can be confident that your case is in good hands. With more than 30 years of experience, our attorneys combine an extensive understanding of Colorado roadway laws with a deep commitment to each of our clients. This diligent approach has yielded significant wins for our past clients, including a $425,000 settlement in a recent motorcycle accident case.
We understand how stressful and traumatic a motorcycle accident can be. This is why we strive to treat everyone who walks through our doors not only as clients, but also as neighbors and family. You do not have to carry the load of accident recovery alone. Let us take charge of your financial recovery, so you can focus on healing.
Furthermore, we are committed to not adding additional financial burdens to our clients’ already full plates. Our lawyers work on a contingency-fee basis, which means that we only get paid if we earn compensation for you. If we take on your case, you will not pay us anything upfront. You take no risk of accumulating more bills to pay without winning compensation.
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.
Some common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Distracted driving. 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 spots. 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.
- Failure to observe speed limits. Accidents occurring at high speeds can cause severe damages to a motorcyclist. The higher the speed, the increased risk of fatality.
- Sudden stops. 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. Inattention can prevent a driver from seeing a motorcyclist in traffic. 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 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 huge blind spot makes left turns and movements made without
regard to potential bikers so dangerous to small motorcycles that may be traveling in a negligent driver’s
The Colorado Department of Transportation has even launched a motorcycle safety campaign to raise awareness about 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 from their bikes 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, may 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. 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.
For a free consultation, fill out our online form or contact us at (303) 331-6186 today.
Motorcycle Riding Laws in Colorado
Motorcycle riders must follow the general rules of the road in addition to other precautions. As Colorado is 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 ensure your safety and the safety of others on the road. These laws 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: helmets are proven to reduce the chance of death in the case of a motorcycle accident. If you are under 18, you are required to wear a helmet in the state of Colorado. If you are over 18, a helmet is not required.
- 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. Passengers 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.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
If you have been in a motorcycle accident, there are steps you can take to maximize your chances at a full recovery. Some of these steps should be taken urgently following an accident, while others will help you build a strong case for compensation in the long term.
Above all else, in the immediate aftermath of an accident, it is important to keep yourself and the other driver from further harm. (For example, if you notice signs of a car fire, assist the driver to safety immediately.) Once you have confirmed that no one is at risk of additional injury, take these steps to respond to the accident:
- Call 911. Report the accident to law enforcement, and ask for medical assistance for any injuries you can see on the scene. While you wait for help to arrive, move to a safe place along the side of the road.
- Take down the other driver’s information. To the best of your ability, record the other driver’s name, contact information, driver’s license number, license plate number, and insurance provider. If the driver is incapacitated or otherwise able to speak, still try to write down their license plate number and other information that is visible to you.
- Document the scene of the crash. Take photos and notes to document the scene. Make sure to take a broad range of detailed photos — they should include both vehicles from all angles, the road and its condition, and documentation of the weather, as well as important geographic markers that you can refer to later.
- Take down any potential witnesses’ information. If someone who witnessed the crash has pulled over to help, talk to them about what they saw. Take careful notes, and record their name and contact information so you can reach out to them in the future.
- Contact your insurance company. Get in touch with your insurance company as soon as possible after a crash, so they can start processing a claim.
- Contact a motorcycle accident lawyer immediately. Reach out to a lawyer who can analyze your case and maximize your chances at earning fair compensation. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the better chances they will have at gathering sufficient evidence for your case.
As the days and weeks pass following your accident, you can continue to take steps towards long-term recovery. To take care of yourself and protect your finances, make sure to take these actions:
- Keep gathering relevant evidence. In addition to your photos and notes from the crash scene, you will want to request a copy of police and traffic reports from that day. (Your attorney will help with this.) You should also save copies of medical documents and bills that have resulted from the accident, as well as any updated photos of your injuries.
- Protect your privacy. In particular, do not post about your accident on social media. If you wind up in a legal battle with the other driver’s insurance company, they may try to use these social media posts against you.
- Continue with all recommended medical treatment. Your physical health and well-being is of the utmost importance at this time. Follow through with the treatments that your physician recommends, and to be honest about your symptoms following the accident.
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 will communicate with you through clear and simple language.
The following factors 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 will 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. As a result, 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 you would have earned had it not been for your injuries.
- Recovery time. The amount of time that it takes you to recover from an accident can affect your working ability as well as other aspects of your life.
Our dedicated Colorado motorcycle accident attorneys will work diligently to secure the following compensation:
- Property damages: You may be eligible for compensation for your property that has been damaged. This may cover repairs to or replacement of your motorcycle or other vehicle.
- Accident-related medical charges: You may receive compensation for medical bills you have had to pay as a result of the accident. This may include the cost of hospitalization, surgical procedures, ambulance rides, physical therapy, and more.
- Lost wages, including permanent disability: If you have lost past, present, or future wages due to your accident, you may be entitled to compensation for wages that you could have earned. This can include work that you have already been forced to miss, including sick days and PTO. It can also include work or pay that you anticipate losing in the future because of impaired working capacity.
- Pain and suffering: You may be entitled to compensation for the general pain and suffering, including mental anguish, that you have experienced due to your accident. Unlike medical or property damages, compensation for pain and suffering is calculated based on the details and fallout of your accident, rather than on payment of bills or wages.
- Loss of enjoyment of life: Traumatic accidents can have a serious, long-term impact on your physical health, mental health, and overall ability to enjoy life. You may be compensated for the harm that has been done to your enjoyment of life.
- Damages suffered to your relationship with spouse or children: In relation to pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life damages, you could be compensated for harm that you have suffered in your familial relationships (often called “loss of consortium”).
- Legal fees: If you win your case, you will receive compensation for the legal fees that are associated with filing a lawsuit. We will do our best to earn you other forms of compensation and ensure that you do not have to foot the bill for legal fees in the long run.
Who Can Be Held Liable in a Motorcycle Accident?
There are multiple parties that can be held liable in a motorcycle accident. The party, or parties, that are ultimately held liable will depend on the specific causes of the accident.
Sometimes, the negligent acts that lead to an accident are plainly the fault of one driver or another. For instance, if the driver of the car simply failed to check his blindspot before merging and hitting a motorcyclist, the matter of liability may be easy to prove. Likewise, liability may be clearly established in an instance where a drunk driver hits another driver who was acting attentively and properly at the time of the accident.
However, in other cases, more than one party may be at fault for the accident. Because Colorado is a comparative negligence state, this can affect how much compensation a person is eligible to receive. As long as the negligence of the claimant (the person who brings the case) is less than the negligence of the defendant, the claimant may still be able to recover some compensation — but it is likely to be reduced. Compensation may be diminished in proportion to the percentage of fault that the claimant (the person who brings the
case) is found to bear.
It is also possible that a third party will share a portion of the liability in an accident. This may be the case in multi-vehicle crashes, or in instances of vehicle malfunction that can be attributed to a manufacturer. When faced with such a potential legal headache, an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can help you pursue compensation and protect you from taking on an unreasonable portion of the blame.
Colorado and United States Motorcycle Accident Statistics
- According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, 103 people died in motorcycle accidents in Colorado in 2019.
- By September 18, 2020, there had already been 100 motorcycle accident fatalities that year. This represents a 12% increase in motorcycle fatalities from the same time period in 2019.
- Motorcycles only comprise 3% of vehicles in Colorado — but 23% of Colorado traffic fatalities are motorcyclists.
- Also according to the Colorado DoT, fatalities from motorcycle accidents rose by 44% between the years of 2013 and 2017.
- According to a study conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board in 2018, approximately 56% of motorcycle accidents in the U.S. involve perception failure by the non-motorcycle driver. (In other words, in more than half of the accidents analyzed, a driver failed to properly see a motorcyclist.)
- According to this same NTSB study, approximately 31% of the surveyed accidents involved perception failure on the part of the motorcyclist.
- The lack of a helmet severely heightens the risk of fatality for the motorcyclist in an accident. According to data from the state DoT, 70% of all Colorado motorcyclist fatalities occurred to victims who weren’t wearing helmets.
Contact The Bourassa Law Group Today
If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, you do not have to suffer in silence. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help you fight for compensation to cover your expenses.
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 secure full recovery for everything you have suffered.Do not hesitate to seek the help you need during this difficult time. The sooner you connect with an attorney, the more evidence they will be able to compile to
assist you. For a free consultation, contact The Bourassa Law Group today at (303) 331-6186 or by contacting us online.