Like motorcycles, bicycles are at the mercy of auto drivers looking out for their own safety first. The most common bicycle-car collision involves the driver turning right and watching traffic coming from the left. The driver may “gun it” to get into the traffic without seeing the bicycle on his or her right. This is a recipe for disaster, as the cyclist has no protection, sometimes not even a helmet. Our Lakewood bicycle accident lawyers help victims recover.
Bicycling is extremely popular all over Colorado, in the metro as well as tourist areas of our beautiful state. Biking is not just for fun, but also competition. Large numbers of racing bikes can be a nuisance for drivers, who must try to pass on winding roads. Patience wears thin along with drivers’ care for bikers’ safety.
There are hit-and-run accidents and drivers deliberately running cyclists off the road. This situation can even be fatal depending on the terrain. If you or a loved one have suffered a personal injury while riding a bike, contact our Lakewood bicycle accident attorneys help individuals recover damages for the pain and suffering.
The growing population is also a factor, burdening narrow roads that cars must share with bikes. Recent legislation specifically authorizes autos to pass a bike despite the double yellow line prohibiting passing another car. Whenever bikes are in the presence of speeding cars, serious injuries are a possibility.
Adding to these disadvantages are the challenges of bringing a personal injury lawsuit for your injuries if you are a cyclist. There may be no witnesses in remote areas, or if there were, they may be hard to locate. Many drivers and police consider cyclists a major nuisance and decline to be very helpful.
You need an experienced personal injury lawyer who understands that you are not the problem — the careless driver is. Even if the driver cannot be found, your own uninsured motorist insurance coverage may be a source of compensation for you.
After an accident involving a bicyclist and a motor vehicle of any sort, serious life-altering injuries may occur. While individuals in a passenger vehicle, passenger truck or big-rig truck are generally protected in the event of a collision with a bicycle, the person on the bike is not protected and exposed to serious potential injuries.
Drivers in Colorado have a duty to exercise reasonable care and duty on the road to protect others. If motor vehicle operators are negligent of their duty, these individuals may be found to be responsible for the accident.
The State of Colorado operates and adheres to a modified comparative negligence law. Simply put, anyone that has suffered injuries in an accident may collect damages if the defendant is found to be more than 50% responsible for the accident.
A bike accident lawyer in Lakewood can assist injured victims and their families in a number of ways. Our law firm helps provide injured victims involved in bicycle accidents a highly experienced and top quality of legal services. Our firm’s main goal is to help injured victims recover by recovering damages to help injured victims recover what was lost from the accident. We focus our legal services on a personalized level and understand how impactful injuries can be on not only the victim, but also their family members.
To discuss your case with our experienced law firm, call (303) 980-5511.
After a bicycle accident occurs, there are a few different types of damages that can be recovered by a plaintiff. These damages can include:
Lost wages – Lost wages can be awarded to injured victims. If an injured victim loses their ability to work, these types of damages may be awarded to a victim to offset their missed time and any potential loss of future earning capacity. Lost wages are normally assessed by looking at an injured victim’s salary history along with their expected earning capacity.
Medical costs – This is a type of economic damage that is awarded to victims to help offset medical costs and future medical costs. These types of damages are calculated by reviewing medical bills and assessing the cost of future medical bills.
Property damage – Compensation for damaged property or destroyed property may also be awarded to injured victims. In bicycle accidents, property damages can be awarded for the damage sustained to a bicycle, a helmet or other property that was impacted during the accident.
Pain and suffering – Pain and suffering are non-economic damages. These types of damages can be more difficult to accurately calculate that economic damages. These types of damages can include long-term physical pain, emotional pain and suffering damages, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of consortium.
Punitive damages – In certain cases where grossly negligent, intentional or malicious behavior contributed to the accident, punitive damages may be awarded to the injured victim. These damages are intended to punish the defendant for causing the accident and injuries that occurred.
Attorney James L. Finegan is ready to vigorously pursue the maximum possible damages for you. Contact Mr. Finegan online to schedule your free initial consultation or to get more information about the recourse available for you and your family. The firm represents injured clients in metro Denver and throughout Jefferson County from its Lakewood office. Call (303) 980-5511 for a free consultation.