For many riders, Colorado remains one of the most coveted touring destinations in America, conjuring breathtaking images of high passes, deep river canyons, and towering Rocky Mountain landscape. With a handful of major interstates, the highway branches off into thousands of rural roadways that wind throughout the mountains. With so much terrain to explore, it is not surprising motorcycles are fast becoming the favorite mode of transportation in Colorado.
Increased motorcycle usage has unfortunately translated into increased exposure to accidents. Accidents involving motorcycles are particularly destructive because of safety factors inherently absent from the motorcycle. Simply put, motorcyclists do not enjoy the benefit of steel protecting them in the event of an accident. Accordingly, riders are more susceptible to serious injuries, such as broken bones, road rash, and even traumatic brain injuries.
Because of the very nature of a motorcycle, accidents are a common hazard with a high potential for fatality. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently reported that motorcyclist deaths have increased approximately 9% from 2012, with more than 5,000 lives lost. Moreover, a motorcyclist is 35 times more likely to die in an auto accident than a driver.
Motorcycle accidents result for a number of reasons, many of which are similar to other auto accidents. There are, however, additional causes for motorcycle accidents, such as a motorist’s failure to keep a proper lookout for motorcyclists. Shockingly, in two-third of vehicular accidents involving motorcycles, the at-fault driver violated the motorcyclist’s right of way. In other cases, motorcycle accidents are the result of road conditions that a motorcyclist cannot control.
There are many other reasons these accidents can happen, including:
- Failure to see a motorcycle while switching lanes;
- Exiting a driveway without ensuring safety;
- Not providing enough distance;
- Rear-ending a stopped motorcycle;
- Turning into a motorcycle on a side street;
- Hitting a motorcycle on the side of the road;
- Turning in front of a motorcycle;
- Failure to yield the right of way;
- Road Rage;
- Distracted Driving;
- Drunk Driving;
- Driving on Drugs;
- Other acts of negligence.
Regardless of how the accident occurred, in a number of situations, other parties may be liable when motorcyclists are injured in an accident.
The insurance company will have a team of lawyers, adjusters, and specialists, whose job it is to minimize any payout to injured parties. While the victim is recovering, the defendant’s insurance company is out collecting valuable evidence. This is why it is important to seek a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident to protect your rights.
It should come as no surprise that “at fault” literally means the person that caused the accident and is legally negligent. In most cases, the person considered at fault will be the one that has performed an illegal, reckless, careless, or irresponsible action while driving a vehicle, resulting in an accident. This is the concept of negligence. While this works well for accidents when someone was clearly at fault (ie. ran a red light or collided into the rear of a parked car), fault can be difficult to understand in far more complex incidents.
After an accident occurs, law enforcement officers are usually dispatched to the scene to investigate and determine who is at fault. This may seem like an easy task, but oftentimes fault can be difficult to ascertain. The responding police officer will question the parties involved in the accident, as well as witnesses, and make an opinion as to fault. More often than not, the officer’s opinion is accepted by the parties involved and the insurance companies. In some instances, however, the investigating officer will be unable to reach a decision on fault or the officer’s decision will be questioned or even disregarded by one or more of the parties or insurance companies. Police do not always come to the scene of an accident however. In some areas or when police resources are slim, it is often left up to the parties to the accident to report it to the police station. If the parties elect to file a police report online, it will be left up to the investigators to pick up the report and conduct their own inquiries.
Drivers that are considered at fault will find themselves in a very adverse situation. Almost immediately, their insurance rates will increase, especially if there has been considerable damage to the other vehicles. Worse yet, some insurance providers may even drop drivers, depending on the circumstances of the accident and the driver’s history. Furthermore, negligent drivers may be forced to pay for medical expenses, adding even more costs to their insurance companies. This can be particularly devastating if several cars and multiple victims were involved. Property damage can also be tacked on to this. Finally, the at-fault driver may be subject to tickets and even points being added on to their license for their actions.
As you can see, there are wide ranging effects for those who are at fault during an automobile accident. Consequently, it is wise not to admit fault immediately after an accident. Sometimes, outside factors you never considered, or even remembered, played an important role in the accident. By admitting fault before knowing the facts, such as those provided by eyewitnesses, you could be severely damaging your case. Determining fault after an accident is very important so be sure to take it seriously.
The Denver Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Bowman & Chamberlain, LLC, have a thorough understanding of the laws enacted to protect motorcyclists in Denver. We have represented numerous motorcyclists who were injured in a collision. To obtain compensation, a motorcycle crash victim must work with experienced attorneys who understand how to build a strong case.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle 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.
When you retain Bowman & Chamberlain, LLC, to represent you, we immediately begin the process of investigating your accident and filing the accident injury claims to obtain the financial compensation you need. We work with you to find out what it will take to get you to pre-accident conditions. Because of our experience in personal injury law, our attorneys have developed a wide network of resources that can help you improve. Our goal is to recover the maximum compensation for you. You owe no attorney’s fees unless we win for you.
Our Denver personal Injury Lawyers handle a wide range of cases, including Car Accidents, Bicycle Accidents, Bike Accidents, Motorcycle Collisions, Pedestrian Accidents, Slip and Fall Accidents, Dog Bite Accidents, and any other form of personal injury in Arvada, Aurora, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Commerce City, Lakewood, Littleton, Thornton, Westminster, Wheat Ridge, and other parts of metropolitan Denver, Colorado.