Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?
As with any type of car accident or motor vehicle accident, motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries in an instant. An injury from a motorcycle accident, however, are often catastrophic because of the rider’s direct exposure to the roadway, debris, and other vehicles. Severe injuries are more common to motorcycle riders and can even occur in accidents at low-speed levels. Brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and lost limbs are common in motorcycle accidents.
Although helmets are proven to save lives, they certainly cannot prevent all injuries. Riders aged 18 and over are not required to wear helmets in Colorado. Riders under 18 are required to wear a helmet. As well, in Colorado, some form of eye protection is legally required for all riders-drivers and passengers. The best eye protection comes from a visor on a helmet, but goggles or eyeglasses with lenses made from safety glass or plastic are acceptable. Regardless of the safety measures, you may take, motorcycle injuries are still frequent.
People who experience a motorcycle accident in Denver or Colorado may face long months of expensive medical care and rehabilitation and may be unable to work for an extended time. Although you can deal with the insurance company yourself, it’s a big help to hire a motorcycle accident lawyer. Our firm is experienced in working with healthcare providers and at providing the assistance and advice needed to navigate the issues that arise when you suffer from extended lost wages and are unable to return to work.
If you’ve been hurt on or by a motorcycle accident, and live in Denver or anywhere in Colorado, you might benefit from talking to an accident attorney. Call (303) 900-5595 today to talk with an experienced Denver motorcycle accident lawyer. Our firm has handled hundreds of cases involving motorcycles. We understand that the severity of injuries you can receive during a motorcycle accident can be far greater than when injured in a car accident.
What to Expect After a Motorcycle Accident
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be wondering how to proceed to best protect your rights. To do so, the first step is knowing what exactly those rights are.
Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Suggest that You:
Call 911 Right Away: You have the rights to call the police to file an official report about the accident. Colorado law requires that accidents must be reported if they result in personal injury or death or cause any property damage. The police report is usually a key evidence to support a personal injury claim.
Get Medical Help Immediately: Victims of motorcycle accidents can suffer serious injuries. Be sure to be evaluated and treated by a specialist after your initial treatment and follow your recommended care plan. If you have no health insurance, we can help you get the medical treatment you need.
Contact an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyer: Call 720.372.1162 for legal assistance and representation. We can get to work on preserving evidence immediately, dealing with insurance companies on your behalf and taking action to seek the best possible compensation for your physical, mental and financial damage.
Remaining silent: Tell the insurance companies to call us – your motorcycle accident lawyer, NOT you. The insurer can use anything you say against you in an attempt to minimize or deny your claim for a motorcycle accident. Also try to stay away from discussing the motorcycle crash on social media.
Documenting the Accident: If possible, take pictures of the scene of the accident and the damage to your motorcycle, as well as the other involved vehicle(s). Save everything, including the police accident report, medical bills, motorcycle repair bills and letters from the insurance company. As your motorcycle accident lawyer, we can deal with all these issues for you. If you don’t have any of the information, tell us so we can work on acquiring them on your behalf.
After an accident, remind yourself not to apologize to anyone. You may feel the need to express sympathy and say “I’m sorry”, but the other person or the insurance company may use it as an admission of fault. You have no obligation to talk to an insurance company until you are ready. In case you are pressed to make a statement, you can say something like “Before I give any official statements, I need to speak with my personal injury attorney.”
The bottom line: Insurance companies will be out to investigate the accident right away so that they can protect their profits by limiting what they will pay you. When you are represented by our motorcycle accident lawyers, however, we will be focused on protecting your rights and seeking maximum compensation for your injuries.
Colorado Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Motorcycle riders are far less protected than in – vehicle riders. When a motorcycle accident happens, the rider often suffers from catastrophic (if not fatal) injuries on the brain or spine. In many cases, due to the direct explosion of the fuel tanks, motorcyclists also suffer burns.
According to Colorado Department of Transportation, careless driving is a leading cause of motorcycle accidents in 2016 and 2017 – more than 35% of accidents were caused by this behavior. When a motorcycle crash with another car or SUV happens at high speed, the consequence can be fatal.
Other issues, like bad road conditions, that may not cause a car accident, but can trigger a motorcycle accident.
According to the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles report, in Colorado, motorcycle deaths have steadily increased since 2011. It peaked in 2016 with 125 motorcyclist fatalities from crashes involving 2,386 motorcycles.
Why Do You Need a Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorney?
You may be told by an insurance company that your claim can be resolved, so there is no need for an attorney to get involved. However, assessing and negotiating for the right amount of compensation you deserve is a daunting task. Insurance companies often have a team of lawyers working hard to pay you as little as possible or nothing.
A negligent vehicle driver may attempt to blame you for causing a crash and your injuries, and claim that you were driving too fast, engaged in lane-splitting, failed to signal, or wear a helmet. As your motorcycle accident lawyer, we can work to effectively refute these arguments for you and get the right compensation you deserve.
If you’ve incurred a motorcycle accident injury, please call Franklin D. Azar & Associates to speak immediately with a Denver motorcycle accident attorney.