Bicycle Accident Attorney
Colorado law provides specific protections to bicycle riders. It is the responsibility of every driver and bicycle rider to know riders’ rights and respect them. In many cases, however, these rights are ignored and innocent people are needlessly put at risk of injury.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident while riding a bike, you should have your case reviewed by an experienced Denver personal injury lawyer. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical care, loss of income, and other damages.
Bicycle Accidents Caused By Motor Vehicles
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 30 percent of all bicycle accidents occur when a bicycle is hit by a motor vehicle. This is often a result of negligent driving, which can take many forms, including speeding, illegal turns, and failure to stop or yield.
If a driver is impaired by drugs or alcohol or is distracted, there is a higher probability that they may be involved in an accident with a cyclist or another driver. If you’ve been a victim of a bicycle accident where the driver was negligent, broke a traffic law, or was impaired or distracted, it’s important to contact a trusted bicycle accident attorney right away.
Bicycle Accidents Caused By Road Conditions
Bicycle accidents can also be caused by unsafe road conditions. If a private business, property owner, or government agency allows cyclists on their roads and property, they are also responsible for maintaining safe conditions. If they fail to do so, you may have a legal claim.
Some unsafe road conditions include lack of signage, potholes and uneven paving, shoulder drop-offs, and standing water. A legal claim changes dramatically if the accident occurs on public or private property. These types of claims can be complex, which is why it’s essential to contact the experienced attorneys at the Paul Wilkinson Law Firm. We will investigate all angles of your case and help you seek out any and all legitimate sources of compensation.
What Traffic Laws Must Bicyclists Follow?
When riding a bicycle, you are subject to the same traffic laws as motor vehicles. As a bicyclist, you must observe and obey all traffic signals and signs and always ride in the same direction as traffic. Additionally, bicyclists are required to yield before crossing traffic for a left-hand turn, just like you would in a vehicle. You also need to use hand signals to indicate your intention to merge or turn.
Does Colorado Have Bicycle Helmet Laws?
No. Currently, the state of Colorado has no laws requiring cyclists to wear helmets. However, it’s highly recommended to wear a helmet at all times wherever you’re riding.
Common Injuries In Bicycle Accidents
Compared to motorists, cyclists are much more exposed on the road. Therefore, their injuries are often more substantial in the event of an accident. In a bicycle accident, blunt force trauma can be caused by a vehicle, the road’s pavement, or both. Broken bones, ruptured discs, spinal injuries, head trauma, and even death can result from an accident between a cyclist and motorist.
What Are Some Ways To Reduce Risk Of Injury While Bicycling?
1. Wear Protective Gear
When bicycling, you should always wear the appropriate protective gear. Never hit the road or trail without a helmet, glasses, gloves, and reflectors if you’re riding at night. Additionally, you can purchase reflective clothing for night riding that helps make you even more visible.
2. Follow the Rules of the Road
Follow every traffic law. Ride with traffic, not against it, and always yield to oncoming traffic. Use hand signals when turning or merging and stay aware of road and traffic signs. If you’re new to a state or city, research their local traffic laws for cyclists.
3. Practice Group Cycling
When riding with a large group, be sure to ride single or double file to stay within the designated bicycle lane. Colorado law allows groups to ride two abreast, but not more. Even if you’re riding in a rural area without bicycle lanes, try to remain in a single file line.
4. Be Aware
The road can be an unpredictable place. Even when you’re obeying traffic laws and riding responsibly, you can never tell when a driver or another cyclist may act unpredictably or dangerously. Always be aware of your surroundings, road conditions (which can change suddenly), and others on the road. Awareness is critical to your safety.
What Do I Do If I’m In A Bicycle Accident?
If you do find yourself in a bicycle accident, there are specific steps you can follow to ensure the responsible party is held accountable. Depending on the severity of your injury, call 911, and seek medical attention if needed. If you aren’t injured, exchange insurance information with all other parties involved in the accident.
Additionally, try to retain as much evidence from the scene of the accident as possible. Photograph any injuries or damaged property (including your bicycle) and receive information from any witnesses. Don’t feel pressured to speak with other parties beyond exchanging information—that is what we’re here for. After you feel safe, contact an experienced bicycle accident attorney immediately.
Protecting the Rights of Injured Colorado Bicycle Riders
Before you talk to anyone from the insurance company, it is important that you seek the advice of a qualified personal injury lawyer who knows the law and has the ability to protect your interests. At the Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, I handle Colorado and Denver car accident cases big and small. I don’t do anything else.
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I am attorney Paul Wilkinson, and I offer my clients nearly 20 years of experience resolving bicycle accident claims. I understand the types of injuries that can occur in these accidents, and I work tirelessly to see that you receive sufficient compensation to facilitate your complete recovery.
Where some law firms might seek to settle your case on the first offer from the insurance company, I am steadfast in my commitment to ensure that all of your current and future needs are accommodated. I take the time to gain a complete understanding of your injuries, determine how they will impact your life, and seek maximum compensation for your losses.
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