Denver Lawyers for Motorcycle Accidents Caused By Inexperienced Drivers
Did you get hurt in an accident while riding your motorcycle? Was it the result of an inexperienced driver? If so, contact the Denver motorcycle accident lawyers of The Bourassa Law Group so we can begin our investigation and find proof that someone else should be held liable for your injuries.
You might be entitled to financial compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses suffered from the crash. You have a right to seek justice for the harm you were forced to endure due to the negligent actions of another driver. Our legal team will remain by your side in the fight and help you recover compensation for the injuries you suffered in this traumatic experience.
Inexperienced drivers typically cause accidents because they don’t know how to operate their vehicles safely. They’re unprepared to deal with hazardous conditions and don’t know basic traffic laws. This lack of knowledge places others in danger, especially motorcyclists. When a motorcycle and car or truck collides, it’s usually the bike rider that ends up with severe injuries. Some even lose their lives.
At The Bourassa Law Group, we have the experience, resources, and knowledge to hold people accountable for their carelessness behind the wheel and to secure the compensation accident victims deserve. Call us for a free consultation at (303) 331-6186 today.
Common Reasons Inexperienced Drivers Cause Accidents
Inexperienced drivers have minimal practice, poor decision-making skills, and limited knowledge of traffic laws. They’re unable to decipher signs and signals or know when they’re allowed to proceed ahead of other motorists. First-time drivers, such as teenagers, typically cause accidents because they lack the experience most adult drivers have.
Statistics show that drivers between 16 and 19 years old are involved in four times more accidents than drivers who are at least 20 years old. One of the leading factors contributing to these crashes is inexperience.
Some of the more common reasons motorcyclists get hurt in accidents caused by inexperienced drivers are:
- Distracted driving – Anyone with minimal driving experience might not realize the importance of staying focused behind the wheel. Drinking, eating, and texting is more dangerous than most people think.
- Reckless behavior – Failing to use turn signals, weaving in and out of traffic, and speeding is common among inexperienced drivers. They don’t understand how much these actions put themselves and other people at risk of injury.
- Lack of practice – Teenagers often feel a false sense of confidence when they begin driving. They might engage in risky behavior and make poor judgment calls when they’re faced with hazardous conditions. They lack the fundamental ability to safely maneuver their car so as to avoid colliding with a motorcyclist or another vehicle.
- Tailgating – Following behind a bike rider too closely means there isn’t enough stopping distance to avoid a rear-end collision if the biker stops suddenly. Inexperienced motorists don’t realize the amount of space required to come to a complete stop if the vehicle ahead slams on their brakes.
- Failure to check blind spots – Blind spots are the areas on each side of a vehicle where it is difficult to see someone traveling alongside. Instead of just looking in the side view mirrors, drivers should also look over their shoulders before changing lanes or merging. Without checking these blind spots, a driver could side-swipe a motorcyclist and cause an accident, and inexperienced drivers may not know to be cautious about blind spots.
Most drivers without adequate experience or knowledge may not notice they are sharing the road with motorcycles. Since bikes are much smaller than cars and trucks, they’re difficult to see. Many people, including inexperienced drivers, change lanes quickly or turn at intersections without checking for oncoming traffic. That could put them in the path of a motorcyclist and lead to a devastating collision.
How to Pursue Compensation from the At-Fault Driver
Colorado follows a traditional fault system when it comes to liability after a motor vehicle crash. If an inexperienced driver caused your injuries in a motorcycle accident, they should be financially responsible for your resulting losses. You could file a claim with their auto insurance company. State law requires vehicle owners to purchase liability insurance coverage with minimum limits for bodily injury and property damage.
When you file a liability claim, the losses you could pursue are:
- Medical bills
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
Calculating the cost of medical bills and lost wages is pretty simple. There are billing statements and other documentation to refer to. However, placing a monetary value on something like pain and suffering is a bit more challenging. The Bourassa Law Group knows how to maximize the value of a client’s claim so they receive the best possible settlement to cover their past and future losses.
When we review the details of your case to determine the monetary award you deserve, we might consider various factors, such as:
- Type of injury and how serious it is
- Duration of necessary medical treatment
- The time it takes to recover or reach maximum medical improvement
- Total expenses incurred from the accident
- Impact of the injury on quality of life
- The estimated cost of ongoing treatment in the future
- Permanent injuries or disability resulting from the crash
- Liability coverage available from the at-fault driver’s policy
- Amount of evidence showing someone else caused the accident
Insurance companies investigate motorcycle accidents and gather evidence to determine if the victim deserves compensation. They often use tactics to avoid large payouts or look for valid reasons to deny a person’s claim. The Bourassa Law Group knows how to aggressively negotiate for the settlement amount you deserve and won’t back down from a fight with the insurance company.
What to Do If an Uninsured Driver Caused the Accident
If you were involved in an accident with an uninsured driver while riding your motorcycle, there are options for pursuing compensation. Colorado doesn’t require uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM) coverage, but it’s available to policyholders if they choose to buy it.
UM insurance is available for use if the at-fault driver doesn’t carry liability coverage or if their minimum limits aren’t high enough to cover your losses. When you file a UM claim with your insurance company, you can seek compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and future earnings
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
You could file a lawsuit against the other driver, but that requires adhering to a strict deadline. If you want to sue someone for compensation for your losses after an accident, you must comply with the statute of limitations. Colorado has a three-year statute of limitations. That means you must begin the legal process within three years from the date of the crash. If the statutory deadline passes before you’re able to file suit, you will likely lose your chance of holding the at-fault driver responsible for their actions in court.
The Bourassa Law Group Can Take on the Accident Investigation
Investigating motorcycle accidents can be complicated and confusing. Most people don’t know where to start or how to find the evidence they need. At The Bourassa Law Group, our legal team has the resources to thoroughly investigate our clients’ cases and obtain crucial evidence to improve their chances of securing the compensation they need.
The evidence we need to gather during your insurance claim or lawsuit will depend on the circumstances of your case. Some examples include:
- Pictures from the accident scene
- The at-fault driver’s driving history
- Police report
- Your medical records, bills, and other documentation
- Video surveillance of the crash
- Copies of all insurance policies
- The estimated cost of damage to all vehicles
- Eyewitness statements
The Bourassa Law Group can complete each step of your case, so you don’t have to worry about it. Your only focus during this time should be on recovering. We can file the insurance claim on your behalf and communicate with the insurance company. If we don’t receive an offer we believe is fair for the losses you suffered, we can move forward with a lawsuit and litigate your case in court.
How Could Comparative Negligence Affect My Case?
Colorado is a modified comparative negligence state. That means the compensation you end up with could be less than what’s available. A jury will review the facts of the case and assign fault to each driver. If they determine that your actions partially contributed to the accident, they could diminish your total losses by your percentage of shared fault.
For example, if they find you were 20% to blame and your losses equal $100,000, you could only pursue up to $80,000 in compensation instead of the total $100,000. The 50% rule could completely bar a monetary recovery if it’s discovered that you were at least 50% responsible for the crash.
Contact The Bourassa Law Group Today
Crossing paths with an inexperienced driver could place you and your passenger in danger. When you’re on a motorcycle, the likelihood of walking away from an accident with minor injuries is small. You may have suffered debilitating physical harm and struggle with the emotional impact of what you’ve been through. The Bourassa Law Group will make it our mission to reach a positive outcome to help you afford your medical treatment so you can recover.
If you were riding your motorcycle and got hurt in an accident due to an inexperienced driver, call The Bourassa Law Group at (303) 331-6186 for a free consultation. We will advocate for your rights and work tirelessly to recover the money you’re owed.
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.