Every day a variety of vehicles share Colorado’s roadways, including 18 wheelers, SUV’s and motorcycles. Unpredictable weather conditions and driving distractions such as texting and cell phone use can create a dangerous situation for everyone on the road. In 2007, over 100,000 motorcyclists were injured in motor vehicle accidents across the United States. In that same year, the NHTSA reported that over 5000 motorcyclists were killed on America’s roadways. What is even more disturbing is that this trend continues to increase from year to year.
What to Do in Case of Motorcycle Accident?
If you or someone you love is injured as a result of another driver’s negligence, it is important to contact a qualified personal injury attorney immediately. Colorado is considered an “at fault” state and you will need an attorney who is knowledgeable in Colorado motorcycle accident laws to review all aspects of your accident to determine exactly who is to blame for your injuries. In many cases, there may be multiple parties responsible and your attorney may need to file multiple claims in order to obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries.
The majority of motorcyclists mistakenly believe that they are adequately covered for any accident that may occur. Unfortunately, this is not usually the case. Most insurance policies are quickly exhausted after a traumatic accident and motorcyclists can quickly find themselves with mounding medical bills months after a motorcycle accident. In fact, a single head injury can easily cost over $40,000 in medical expenses and future disabilities.
Common Motorcycle Injuries
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident with another vehicle, you run the risk of sustaining severe life threatening injuries. Back injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and severe soft tissue injuries are, unfortunately, common after a motorcycle accident and can lead to a lifetime of chronic pain and disabilities.
Motorcycle Safety Advice
If you are a motorcyclist, there are ways that you can protect yourself from accidents with motor vehicles. Even though Colorado law does not require motorcyclists to wear helmets, safety experts urge drivers to think again. Wearing a helmet is the single best way to prevent catastrophic injuries and traumatic brain injuries from occurring.
In addition to wearing a helmet, motorcyclists should always watch out for the blind spot behind large trucks and vehicles. 70% of all motorcycle accidents with motor vehicles are caused by the “other” driver, so NEVER assume that the other driver is aware of your presence on the road.
Contact Our Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident you will need a highly experienced Colorado personal injury attorney to handle your case. Contact Gregory A. Gold of the Gold Law Firm today for a free consultation at (303) 694-4653.