Colorado Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle accidents can be among the most difficult to endure, but you don’t have to do it alone. Even with stricter laws and better safety education for drivers, motorcycles are responsible for 23% of all deaths on Colorado roads even though they represent only 3% of the vehicles. We want to make sure nobody has to go through what you’re going through, and our lawyers are here to help.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, Denver Personal Injury Attorneys can help investigate every angle and put together a winning case.
Colorado Minimum Motorcycle Safety Standards
The motorcycle safety standards outlined by CDOT include:
- Helmets: All motorcycle operators and passengers in Colorado who are under the age of 18 are required to wear CDOT-approved helmets, while riders aged 18 and over are not required to wear helmets
- Eye Protection: In Colorado, some form of eye protection is legally required for both riders-drivers and passengers
While riders over 18 in Colorado are not required to wear a helmet, the statistics on the matter are clear. Data reported by National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that states without so-called “all-rider” helmet laws saw a motorcycle accident fatality rate of 65%, while states requiring every rider to wear a helmet saw the average fatality rate in motorcycle accidents drop to just 13%.
In terms of eye coverage, CDOT suggests the use of goggles or glasses that are made from safety glass, although plastic is also acceptable. A windshield is not considered sufficient eye protection under the law.
Not Wearing a Helmet Generally Cannot Be Used Against You
When you are facing the prospect of having to argue to collect compensation for the costs and damages linked to your motorcycle accident, you might be wondering whether not wearing a motorcycle helmet could impact your settlement. Generally, state law will determine whether or not you are required to wear a helmet while riding and in turn whether or not the failure to wear a helmet is a breach of the law.
When a driver is breaking the law and involved in an accident, often they will be considered responsible for the accident. Given that wearing a motorcycle helmet is not required under Colorado law for persons aged over 18, the insurance company should not be able to use this to argue fault in your favor to reduce the amount you are paid.
Although insurance companies are prevented by law from assigning blame to you due to the lack of a helmet in an accident, that doesn’t stop them from trying. Insurance companies work for profit, which is increased by reducing costs. Payments made to injured parties are the largest cost to insurance companies, and they will pay as little as possible and have even been known to wrongfully deny claims to avoid liability and increase profitability.
Have You Or a Loved One Been Injured In a Motorcycle Accident?
Riding a motorcycle can be a way of life for many people. Riding motorcycles in Colorado’s warm, sunny weather and on our scenic mountain roads brings a lot of satisfaction and joy to thousands of people every year. However, motorcycle accidents can also be the cause of terrible injuries and even death. If you have been a victim of a motorcycle accident in Colorado, contact attorney Nicolas Geman today for a 100% free consultation.
Drivers have a duty to drive safely and attentively concerning all others on or around the road including motorcyclists, bicyclists, other motorists, and pedestrians. Some of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents are also illegal driving behaviors, like:
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy or fatigued driving
- Drunk or intoxicated driving
Distracted driving is defined by the CDC as engaging in any behavior that takes the driver’s attention away from the road while they are driving. In fact, in 2020 research has found that some 13% of all motor vehicle crashes involved distracted driving, and in that same year, some 3,142 people died in crashes involving a distracted driver.
While we are all aware that cars, motorcycles, and bicycles should share the road, the major cause of all motorcycle accidents is car drivers not paying attention and hitting the motorcyclist when turning or changing lanes. If a negligent driver has hit you or a loved one while driving a motorcycle, it is important that you speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. The faster you begin working with a lawyer, the better your case may be against the other driver.
Motorcyclists Have the Same Rights as Car Drivers
Don’t let the insurance company of the car driver bully you or talk you out of hiring your own attorney. Insurance companies are notorious for persuading people not to hire a lawyer, but they are only looking out for themselves. The insurance companies have lawyers working to protect their interests – and so should you. The pain and suffering of a motorcycle accident can last a lifetime.
Determining the amount of compensation that your claim is worth requires collecting evidence to measure and prove your damages. Insufficient evidence can lead to an incomplete settlement which in turn will result in your family having to cover the costs linked to your accident. Don’t let this happen to you – contact us today and we’ll start work right away!
Connect with a Denver Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for Help on Your Claim
Call Denver Personal Injury Attorneys today at (303) 214-4299, or click here to schedule your 100% free consultation and begin putting your life back together after a motorcycle accident. We will go over the facts of your case and explain everything in detail, so call now!