Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
What to Do If You Were Injured in a Motorcycle Crash in Colorado
If you or someone you love was involved in a motorcycle accident in the Denver Metro Area or anywhere in Colorado, it is in your best interests to find a good motorcycle accident lawyer. You may think that your crash was fairly straightforward, but the truth is that motorcyclists get blamed for things they didn’t do all the time. There is still a bit of a stigma against motorcycle riders, the result of which is that they are more likely to be deemed “at fault” in an accident, even if they were actually the victims.
At Larson Larimer Schneider, P.C., we have extensive experience in this unique field. We have been helping motorcycle riders and their passengers protect themselves and maximize their recoveries since 2004, and we would love to help you get your life back, too. Put over 100 years of combined legal experience on your side!
Contact Larson Larimer Schneider, P.C. today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We are able to travel to your home or meet you in the hospital if necessary.
Why You Need to Act Quickly
As soon as you can after your accident, call us. We can help preserve evidence that can prove your right to fair compensation. As your trusted Denver motorcycle accident team, we will do everything we can to get the evidence needed to preserve your rights and help you prove your story. In Colorado, you only have two years from the date of the accident to file your claim, so it is important that you act quickly.
After the accident, it is important that you refrain from speaking to any adjusters from the other person’s insurance company, as they may utilize a variety of tactics to dispute or deny your claim. Even your insurance company may end up working against you. Even though a lot of motorcycle accidents happen because auto and truck drivers weren’t paying attention to the motorcyclists around them, insurance companies often blame the rider. They may try to say the rider was speeding, not wearing a helmet (even though that’s legal in Colorado!), could have swerved or changed lanes to avoid the accident, etc.
When we can get our hands on evidence early in the process—or even see it as it is being gathered—we have a much better chance of helping you get the compensation you need. We know that our job goes above and beyond representing you in court or negotiating with your insurance company. A motorcycle accident can change your life, and not in a good way. That’s why we make it our goal to help you thrive once again. We want to see you living life to the fullest, even after your accident. Our Denver motorcycle accident lawyers will do everything they can to preserve evidence in your case, fight for your rights, and get you everything you need so that you’re taken care of after your motorcycle accident.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can often lead to serious or fatal injuries for everyone involved.
Here are the common causes and factors behind them:
- Common Collisions: About ¾ of motorcycle accidents are collisions with other vehicles, according to data gathered by HG.org. These crashes often happen with other passenger automobiles.
- Left-Hand Turns from Cars: According to online resource Nolo, about 42% of collisions involving a motorcycle and car come from an automobile making a left-turn. These often happen when a motorcycle is passing or trying to overtake the car.
- Fixed Objects: Fixed objects on roadways, like signs and railings, are responsible for over 25% of motorcycle fatalities.
- Motorist Negligence: Many motorcycle accidents are the result of other drivers’ negligence. This can take many forms, such as distracted driving, drunk driving, or fatigued driving.
Recovering Compensation If You Were Partly at Fault
Most motorcycle accidents are not black and white; rather, there is often a lot of gray area when it comes to establishing blame for the crash. A jury may argue that because you were not wearing a helmet (even though this is legal in the state of Colorado), you were accepting a certain degree of risk. If you were traveling slightly higher than the posted speed limit when a distracted driver hit you, a jury might also decide that you share some portion of the blame.
However, being partly at fault for an accident does not bar you from recovering compensation in Colorado. Under the state’s modified comparative negligence rule, you are entitled to seek compensation for your damages as long as you were less than 50% at fault for the accident. If a jury does decide that you share some portion of fault, your total recovery will be reduced by your at-fault percentage. For example, if a jury decides you were 20% to blame for the collision, you can recover up to 80% of the total compensation you would have otherwise received if you were not at fault whatsoever.
Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Accident
Getting into a motorcycle accident can be a confusing situation, especially if you or other people are badly hurt. However, there are certain steps you should take in order to protect your rights, including your future right to recover compensation.
After getting much-needed medical attention, follow these important steps:
- Contact an Attorney: Before speaking with your insurance company, it’s best to consult with a motorcycle accident attorney first. They’ll help you gather the facts needed to build a solid case.
- Document Your Case: Request medical records and other documentation of your accident injuries from the hospital where you were admitted. Tell your lawyer your side of the story and don’t leave out any detail. These pieces of information are vital in negotiating for the compensation in your case.
- Seek a Proper Settlement: Your lawyer will speak to your insurance company on your behalf to negotiate proper reparation for your injuries. If they don’t accept your proposal, you can choose to take them to court.
Compensation in Motorcycle Accident Cases
Motorcycle accidents often result in severe, life-altering injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, friction burns (“road rash”), and broken bones. Because motorcyclists have relatively little protection compared to larger, heavier vehicles, they are the ones who tend to sustain the most serious injuries in a crash.
Due to the nature and severity of these injuries, many motorcyclists will require extensive, ongoing medical care. This means that they need financial compensation not only for their current medical expenses and lost wages but also for future medical care costs and lost earnings as well.
Depending on the specifics of your case, we can help you fight for the following damages:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Current and future lost wages/income
- Pain and suffering, including emotional trauma
- Property damage (repairs to your motorcycle)
- Lost earning capacity (disability)
- Costs associated with treating mental disorders (PTSD, anxiety, depression, etc.)
- Medications, medical devices, and equipment, including wheelchairs and prosthetics
- Wrongful death damages (if a family member died in a motorcycle crash)
Every case is different and, therefore, every case requires an in-depth evaluation and investigation. Our Denver motorcycle accident lawyers are ready to fight for the justice and recovery you deserve.
Colorado Motorcycle Laws
- All riders and passengers under 18 must wear a helmet
- Eye protection is required for all riders and passengers
- Lane-splitting is illegal is Colorado, motorcyclists can share a line with another motorcyclists but may not pass another vehicle type
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
The first step in your recovery is reaching out to an attorney who knows how to navigate the legal process. At Larson Larimer Schneider, P.C., we have more than a century of combined experience and have secured over $250 million for injured individuals and the families of those wrongfully killed throughout Colorado. We aim to handle all of the legal aspects of your case so that you can focus on healing and moving forward with your life.
Your initial consultation is free and we provide most personal injury services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay unless we win. We are able to travel to meet you in the hospital or at your home if you are unable to come into our office due to your injuries.