Assisting Motorcycle Accident Victims in Colorado
Holding Negligent Drivers Accountable
Every driver on public streets and highways has equal rights under transportation law. Unfortunately, motorcycle riders are often perceived as reckless or careless, whether they operate their vehicles safely or not. As a result, when an accident involving a motorcycle occurs, blame for the crash may be unfairly placed on the owner of the bike.
The award-winning Denver motorcycle accident attorneys of Dan Caplis Law can help. Dan Caplis can level the playing field by collecting evidence that supports the facts of the case, rather than the bias. Call our firm at (303) 770-5551 to get started.
Injuries Caused by a Motorcycle Accident
Though injuries can and do occur in accidents involving cars and trucks, there is a much higher rate of life-threatening injuries in motorcycle accidents. The main reason for this is that a motorcycle rider does not have the same protection as drivers and passengers in other kinds of vehicles. Also, since there is no way of putting safety belts on a motorcycle, many of the accident victims who turn to our Denver motorcycle accident lawyers were injured when they were thrown from their bikes.
Tragically, most of the injuries caused by motorcycle crashes are disfiguring and often permanent. They may include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (even in cases when a helmet is worn)
- Road rash
- Broken arms and legs
- Severe internal injuries
Recovery often requires lengthy hospital stays, reconstructive surgery, and ongoing physical therapy.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
If you are in a crash on a Colorado road or highway while riding a motorcycle, stay calm in the moments after the accident. Our Denver motorcycle accident attorneys will need as much information as possible to build your case and much of that data needs to be collected at the scene. Be sure to get the names, addresses, and insurance information from the other driver, but do not discuss liability or other facts about the accident until a police officer arrives. If possible, take pictures of the damage and get a copy of the police report. Contact your insurance company right away and tell them about the accident. Some companies may try to reduce or withhold payment on a claim if the report is not filed soon enough.
Your next step should be to contact the Denver motorcycle accident lawyers of Dan Caplis Law. Legal representation is often necessary to ensure that you collect the full compensation to which you are entitled. Without a knowledgeable attorney on your side, your insurance company, or that of the other driver, may attempt to settle your claim for far less than it is worth. Because your injuries may require medical treatment for months or even years after the accident, you need to be sure that your expenses will be taken care of.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, the number of motorcyclists who died in accidents dropped by 5% in 2018 compared to the year before. Even with this decrease, motorcycle drivers represent a majority of traffic accident fatalities.
The following are national statistics, as reported by the NHTSA:
- 4,985 motorcyclists were killed in 2018
- 28% of the motorcycle drivers who were killed in 2017 were driving drunk
- In 2018, 71% of motorcycle drivers were wearing DOT-certified helmets
Colorado Motorcycle Laws
Motorcycle drivers must obey all the same traffic laws as any other driver on the road, with the following additions:
- Eye protection is required for all riders: driver and passenger. Helmet with eye protection are preferred, but goggle or eyeglasses at a minimum are legally required.
- Helmets, while proven to provide extra protection, are only legally required for all riders under the age of 18. They must be DOT-approved helmets. For riders who are 18 and over, helmets are not required but highly recommended.
- All motorcycles must have a footrest for passengers. Likewise, passengers must use those footrests.
- Passengers must ride behind the driver, or on the side in a side car.
- Lane-splitting or sharing is not allowed. Two motorcycles may share a lane by riding side-by-side.
- A motorcycle may not be attached to another vehicle in any way with a driver on the bike (i.e. towed or "clinging").
Protect Your Rights. Hire a Denver Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today!
Don't hesitate after a motorcycle accident to file an injury claim. Contact Dan Caplis Law today to get started on your claim by scheduling your free consultation. We have won millions for our clients and will fight for your fair compensation.