Denver Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Though motorcycles continue to be popular, their smaller size makes them dangerous to operate on America’s roadways and especially in the Colorado mountains. When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, he or she is more likely to be severely injured or killed than is the operator of a car or truck. Fortunately, those injured in motorcycle accidents have legal recourse, as do the relatives of a motorcyclist who suffered a wrongful death. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident or a loved one has died in a motorcycle accident, please contact McDermott Law, LLC, to speak to our experienced Denver, Colorado, motorcycle accident attorneys.
Our experienced Denver personal injury lawyers can help you recover compensation for your injuries, lost wages and other expenses.
There Are Many Potential Causes Of A Motorcycle Accident
Riding a street cruiser, sport bike, dual sport, dirt bike or a scooter is an ever increasing pastime and, for many, a means of transportation. This is especially true in Colorado where the weather allows for a long riding season and plenty of sunshine. The attraction unfortunately can turn hazardous very quickly, many times through no fault of the motorcycle rider. At times, the rider’s actions can lead to injury to a passenger. Some of the many causes of a motorcycle accident in Colorado include:
- Negligence of other drivers
- Weather conditions
- Road conditions
- Distracted driving (talking or texting)
- Driving under the influence
- Riding under the influence
- Ignoring traffic signals and signage
- Inattentive truckers
What Should You Do When You Have Been In A Motorcycle Accident?
1. Remove yourself from dangerous traffic situations. Do not get yourself or another injured again by a second accident.
2. If someone is hurt, call 911 immediately. Even if no injuries, if there is damage to your bike or automobile, call the police or sheriff.
3. Be careful of your comments at the scene of the accidents. Don’t say “I’m sorry” when the accident was not your fault. This can be perceived as admission of wrongdoing on your part. It might be used against you.
4. Speak to the other driver only to get his or her information and to make sure they are OK. Only talk about the accident facts with the police.
5. Get the other driver’s Information:
- Phone number
- Email address
- Make, model and year of the vehicle
- License plate number
- Insurance carrier and policy number
6. Obtain witness information from all passengers, bystanders and other witnesses (names, address, phone numbers, etc.)
7. Everybody has a cellphone these days. Use it. Take pictures/videos of the following:
- Damage to your motorcycle/vehicle
- Accident location
- Those involved. Witnesses.
- Road and weather conditions
8. Call YOUR insurance company to report the accident.
9. If injured, be sure to follow up with your doctor.
10. Do not give a recorded statement to any insurance company until you have consulted with an attorney.
11. Do not settle your claim with an insurance company until you have consulted with an attorney.
Contact the Denver motorcycle and automobile accident attorneys at McDermott Law, LLC for a free Review of Denied Claims.
The Dangers Of Motorcycles
Since the 1800s, motorcycles have been an American pastime and Americans have created and joined a variety of statewide and nationwide motorcycle enthusiast clubs and organizations. Unfortunately, motorcyclists are in constant danger while operating their bikes. In fact, motorcycle fatalities have increased more than 50% in a recent five-year period. In 2001, more than 7% of motor vehicle fatalities in the United States involved motorcycle crashes, while motorcycles only made up approximately 2% of the vehicles on the road. More than 3,180 people were killed in motorcycle-related accidents in 2001.
Many drivers of cars or trucks do not exercise sufficient care in looking out for motorcyclists. Simple acts of negligence committed by motorists, such as speeding or failing to check their car’s blind spot, can cause the injury or death of a motorcyclist. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact Denver, Colorado, motorcycle accident attorneys at McDermott Law, LLC. Our personal injury lawyers are experienced in fighting for the rights of injured motorcyclists and can help you achieve compensation for the costs related to your accident and rehabilitation.
Motorcycle Accident-Related Injuries
In addition to the possibility of dying in motorcycle accident, motorcyclists are at risk for serious and debilitating injuries, including:
- Bone fractures
- Brain, head and neck (including traumatic brain injury)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Road rash
- Soft-tissue injuries
It has been estimated that 80% of motorcycle crashes result in serious injuries or death to the motorcyclist. In comparison, approximately 20% of auto accidents resulted in serious injuries or death.
Begin Your Motorcycle Accident Claim
If you are a motorcyclist who has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact Denver motorcycle accident lawyers at McDermott Law, LLC, to discuss your claim. Our experienced lawyers will fight on your behalf to recover monetary compensation for any of the following:
- Injuries related to the motorcycle accident
- Hospital and medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of wages
- Bike repair
- Protective gear repair
- Other accident-related costs
You may have a personal injury case if you have suffered serious injuries (physical or emotional) as the result of another party’s negligence, accidental wrongdoing or strict liability. However, only a lawyer can determine if the facts of the case make it worth pursuing in court. The Denver personal injury and insurance dispute lawyers at McDermott Law, LLC, can give honest legal advice to those who may have a case. For a case review, complete our contact form or call us at 303-964-1800 today.