Cyclists are a very diverse group. Some ride fat tires through forests and down rocky trails for an adrenaline rush. Some ride airy road bikes up robust hills for exercise and sport. Others ride for basic transportation or for fun. Suffice it so say, cycling is one of the most popular forms of recreational activity and transportation in Denver, Colorado. Regardless of why a person bikes, it is imperative to understand the rules of the road because they share it with millions of vehicles, ranging from 5,000 pounds to two-tons.
In an accident involving a cyclist and a motor vehicle, there is no question who will be injured. Each year, more than 30,000 cyclists are injured from automobiles in the United States and over 600 cyclists are killed. Unfortunately, these types of accidents can happen at any time and in any place. All cyclists can do is learn the rules of the road and understand how to lessen the possibility of being injured in an accident involving a motor vehicle.
According to Colorado law, negligence occurs when a driver’s behavior falls short of the conduct of a “reasonable person.” The “reasonable person” standard is a legal fiction created to define our community’s view on how a reasonable person in the community should have behaved in a given situation. In determining whether a driver was sufficient careful, it is necessary to ask how a reasonable, prudent person would have behaved in the same or similar circumstances. If the driver’s behavior falls short of this standard, that driver has violated the duty of reasonable care. An accident is almost always the result of someone’s negligence. If the negligent party is the driver of the vehicle, the cyclist has a legal right to be compensated for his or her injuries.
The physical damage that can result from an automobile vs. bike accident is often debilitating or life altering for the cyclist. If the impact was very serious, the cyclist could be subject to various injuries, including the following:
- Facial Lacerations;
- Dental Damage;
- Broken Bones;
- Joint Issues;
- Head Trauma;
- Herniated Discs;
- Neurological Damage;
- Spinal Cord Damage;
- Disc Bulge;
- Ruptured Disc;
- Internal Organ Trauma;
Sadly, one of the most common types of injuries resulting from a bicycle accident is a head injury because cyclists are oftentimes thrown over their handlebars and have little control over the way they land. Upon impact, cyclists can suffer minor brain injuries like a concussion or a very serious traumatic brain injury, which would equate to devastating results like memory loss, decreased bodily function, or even permanent disabilities. Further, because of the nature of exposure, cyclists can be subjected to very serious spinal cord injuries when they crash on their back, neck, an d head and with the proper amount of force.
The injuries a bicycle accident victim can sustain are frequently severe enough to put the cyclist in the hospital for days or even weeks. They might require surgery and a lengthy hospital stay. Equally as important, an injury victim may sustain damages beyond physicality. Cyclists should make an effort to understand the rules of the road because this knowledge may be the difference between a serious injury and a close call. Because the legal process following a bicycle accident can be very complex, a cyclist who has suffered anything more than minor injuries should always discuss their case with the experienced Denver Bicycle Accident Lawyers at Bowman & Chamberlain, LLC.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, call us at 720.863.6904 or email us for your free consultation. Legal representation is often necessary to ensure you collect the full compensation you deserve. Without a knowledgeable attorney on your side, your insurance company of the at-fault driver may attempt to settle your claim for far less than it is worth.
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