Have You Been In A Motorcyle Accident
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Denver’s Leading Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle accidents can spin your life out of control when you are seriously injured or when you lose a loved one in a fatal accident. These events can lead to serious repercussions involving a staggering toll in physical pain, emotional distress, and financial ramifications due to medical expenses, loss of work, permanent disability, or the loss of income, companionship, and services of a family member who has been killed.
Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney
In 2017, a total of 26,978 traffic accidents occurred in Colorado which were investigated by the Colorado State Patrol. Out of these, 3,668 involved injuries, with 329 resulting in fatalities, nearly half of whom were on motorcycles. Some of the leading causes of these accidents included:
- Excessive speed
- Inattentive driving
- Lane violations
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
All of the above driving behaviors fall under the category of negligence, carelessness, or recklessness which forms the basis of an injury claim or lawsuit.
Under Colorado law, you have the right to pursue an injury claim or lawsuit against such a driver seeking full and fair monetary compensation for your damages. You will have three years from the date of the accident to file your claim. As your Denver personal injury lawyer, I will aggressively represent you at the settlement table with the insurance carrier or in court before a judge and jury.
Motorcycle Accident Compensation
When in a motorcycle accident, safety should be your first concern. If you are noticeably injured or if you hit your head, then you should seek medical attention as immediately as necessary. Once you file a claim, there are various types of compensation available, depending on how much fault, if any, you had in the incident. Such awards may be for:
- Pain and Suffering
- Injuries – Medical Bills
- Economic Losses
- Property Damage
- Punitive Damages
If you are in a motorcycle accident in the state of Colorado and you are found to be partially at-fault, this may reduce the amount of compensation you receive for your injuries and damages. This is a good deal because in some states having any percentage of
Possible Long-Term Motorcycle Injuries
Motorcycle accidents can lead to various injuries, both minor and traumatic. They may include brain damage, severe head injuries, road rash, spinal cord trauma and more. Motorcycle injuries can last well beyond the length of the accident, too. Long-term damage is a nationwide issue in motor vehicle-related accidents.
If you believe you were in a motorcycle accident that merits compensation, be sure to contact a trusted team of attorneys such as those at the Law Offices of Jarrett J. Benson.
All motorcycle operators and riders under the age of 18 are required to wear a proper helmet, by law, as implemented by The Colorado Department of Transportation. Anyone over the age of 18 is not lawfully required to wear a helmet, though it is strongly recommended as a safety precaution. A majority of motorcycle-related injuries are head and brain injuries. While helmets are not required, protective eye gear is.
“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. Goggles or eyeglasses with lenses made from safety glass or plastic are also acceptable. A windshield is not considered adequate eye protection.”
Motorcyclists are to abide by all the same traffic laws and regulations that a motor-vehicle such as a car or truck would. The only exception is that motorcyclists may share a lane with one other cyclist. This is referred to as “co-riding”. Motorcyclists may not, however, share a lane or overtake a lane with a car or other motor vehicle that is not a motorcycle. No same lane passing, sharing or splitting is allowed. As a courtesy and for safety reasons, motorcyclists may not cling, or attach, themselves to another vehicle or motorcycle, either. This is sometimes referred to as “towing”.
For passengers to ride along, motorcycles must be equipped with a footrest for passengers and they must utilize them. Riders must always ride on the seat directly behind the driver, or off to the side. Passengers are never allowed to ride in front of the driver.