Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Motorcycle Accidents in Colorado
Thousands of motorcyclists are injured or killed every year in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle riders are almost 30 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be involved in fatal traffic accidents.
All motorcycle riders know the risks associated with riding, but few expect something to actually happen to them. If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle accident, it can be difficult to know what to do next. At Boesen Law, our Denver motorcycle accident attorneys are here to provide the answers and guidance you need to get back on your feet.
Continue reading to learn more about what to do after a motorcycle accident, or call us at (303) 327-9988 to schedule a free, in-person consultation today.
What to Do If You Are Involved in a Motorcycle Accident
The first thing you should do after a motorcycle accident is to seek immediate medical attention. If you were not treated at the scene or transported to the hospital, go to the doctor right away. Even if you believe your injuries are relatively minor or will heal on their own, it is always important to be seen and treated by a medical professional.
You should also report the accident to the police if you have not already done so. By law, you are required to report any accident that results in bodily injury, death, or property damage within 60 days. However, if the police came to the scene of the accident, there is no need to file a report.
Once you have sought treatment for your injuries and reported the accident to law enforcement, you should reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney will be able to provide personalized counsel based on your unique situation and can handle various aspects of your case, including investigating the accident, gathering evidence, submitting paperwork, and communicating with the insurance company on your behalf. Be sure to provide your attorney with any evidence you have, such as the other person’s name and contact information, their insurance information, any witness statements or contact information you obtained at the scene, and pictures of the crash, your injuries, and your bike. Your attorney can help you get copies of your medical records and other important evidence to support your claim.
We encourage you to reach out to our Denver motorcycle accident lawyers right away if you were involved in an accident anywhere in Colorado. In most cases, you only have two years from the date of the accident to file a motorcycle accident lawsuit; the sooner you get in touch with our firm, the better.
How Do Most Motorcycle Accidents Happen?
Most motorcycle accidents are the result of negligence. However, contrary to popular opinion, it is not the motorcyclist who is most often negligent but, rather, the driver of the other vehicle. When fellow motorists are careless, reckless, or negligent, they put motorcyclists at risk of catastrophic injury and death.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Failing to check for motorcyclists in vehicle blind spots
- Following too closely (tailgating) behind a motorcycle
- Failing to stop in time to avoid rear-ending a motorcyclist
- Failing to yield the right of way to motorcyclists
- Speeding, including driving too fast for current conditions
- Reckless and aggressive driving, including acts of road rage
- Turning across the path of an oncoming motorcyclist
- Disobeying red lights, stop signs, and other traffic control devices
- Passing, changing lanes, or merging unsafely or unlawfully
- Opening car doors into motorcyclists/motorcyclists’ paths
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driving while distracted, including using a cellphone or texting while driving
- Driving while fatigued or falling asleep at the wheel
Due to their relative lack of protection, motorcyclists face a heightened risk of being severely injured or killed when they are hit by larger, heavier vehicles.
At Boesen Law, we believe in holding negligent and reckless motorists accountable. In addition to bringing claims against at-fault drivers, we have a long track record of successfully representing injured bikers and their families in cases involving defective motorcycles and motorcycle parts, poorly maintained roadways, and related matters.
Why Should You Hire a Motorcycle Accident Attorney?
At first glance, motorcycle accidents seem very similar to regular car accidents. However, there are several important differences that could affect your claim.
Some of the various factors that may affect your motorcycle accident claim include:
- The severity of your injuries
- The extent of your economic and non-economic losses
- The cost of your medical care
- Your degree of fault (if any) in causing the accident
- Whether the other party has auto insurance
- The type and amount of coverage the other party has
Motorcycle accidents tend to result in severe injuries. These, in turn, require extensive medical care and often result in permanent disabilities or impairments, affecting victims’ ability to return to work or earn a living for themselves and their families. As a result, the overall value of motorcycle accident claims tends to be relatively high.
Insurance companies are heavily invested in disputing or devaluing motorcycle accident claims. They may argue that you were entirely or mostly at fault for the crash. Under Colorado’s rule of modified comparative negligence, you cannot recover damages if you are found to be more than 50 percent at fault. Even if you are less than 50 percent at fault, your recovery will be reduced by your at-fault percentage. Depending on the details of your case, this could mean a difference in your recovery by thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars.
It is extremely important that you work with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney, one who can fight back against the insurance company’s efforts to dispute or deny your claim. At Boesen Law, our Denver motorcycle accident lawyers are well-versed in these types of cases and have a proven track record of success defending the rights of injured bikers. We are prepared to aggressively advocate for you and the maximum recovery you are owed.
Compassionate Representation You Can Trust
At Boesen Law, we strive to provide our clients with the personal attention and dedicated legal support they deserve. We know that you are navigating one of the most difficult times in your life, which is why we offer compassionate representation tailored to each individual’s unique situation. As a client, you can count on our firm to be there for you every step of the way, providing answers to your questions and consistently updating you on the status of your case.
We look forward to getting to know you, listening to your story, and learning how we can help you get back on your feet. There are no legal fees when you hire our firm unless we win your case. Get in touch with us today for a free, in-person consultation. If you cannot make it into our office, we are happy to discuss your case over the phone.
Call (303) 327-9988 or contact us online for a free initial consultation. We offer legal services in English, Spanish or Russian.
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