Denver Pedestrian & Bicycle Accident Attorneys
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Were you hit by a motor vehicle while you were walking, running, or riding a bike? These accidents are becoming more and more common in Denver and the surrounding areas. If you need a pedestrian or bike accident lawyer in Denver, contact Larson Larimer Schneider, P.C. today to learn how we can help.
How Do Pedestrian & Bicycle Accidents Happen?
People in Denver love to spend time outdoors. Here, we like all sorts of outdoor activities, many of which require us to take to the streets on our feet or on a bike. Unfortunately, many motorists in the Denver Metro Area aren’t well-educated on how to avoid collisions with pedestrians and bicyclists. They don’t understand how hard it can be to see someone who isn’t in a car or how quickly an accident can happen.
While Colorado laws require cars to yield to pedestrians and cyclists, many drivers ignore these rules. This can cause accidents that might seem small to the person in the car but result in significant damage to a human being on foot or on a bicycle.
If you have been in one of these accidents and you need a pedestrian accident lawyer or someone to fight for you in your bicycle accident, we at Larson Larimer Schneider, P.C. are on your side. When you contact us, you’re bringing in lawyers who have more than 100 years of combined experience in handling pedestrian accident and bicycle accident cases on behalf of clients throughout the state of Colorado. Get in touch with us today and we’ll schedule a free consultation for you, during which time you can meet with one of our lawyers and share the details of your accident.
How the Process Works
When you reach out to our Denver pedestrian and bicycle accident lawyers, we’ll be upfront with you about whether you have a case. If you do, we’ll set up a plan where you only pay us after we win a settlement (or verdict, if your case goes to trial) for you. That way, you don’t have to worry about additional financial challenges when things are already so stressful.
Once we take on your case, we’ll let you know what you can do to give our team the best chance of winning. Typically, this involves sharing all of the details of your case and discussing your injuries. Otherwise, we’ll handle all of the details and navigate the legal system for you. We will fight for you and advocate tirelessly for the settlement or verdict you deserve.
If you’ve been a victim in a pedestrian or bike accident, you don’t have to suffer without help. Let Larson Larimer Schneider, P.C. take on your pedestrian or bicycle accident case. We’ll make sure you get the quality representation you deserve so you can have the best chance of securing a favorable outcome and moving forward with your life.
Common Causes of Pedestrian & Bicycle Accidents in Denver
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that auto accident-related pedestrian deaths happen every 1.5 hours in the United States. Moreover, the federal Department of Transportation’s 2017 data found that there were over 857 bicyclists killed in the country because of traffic crashes.
Here are the most common causes of these incidents:
- Alcohol Impairment: The CDC found that almost half of traffic accidents that resulted in pedestrian fatalities involved an intoxicated driver or pedestrian. Furthermore, 33% of pedestrian deaths in road accidents involved a pedestrian with a blood alcohol concentration of around 0.08%. This means their judgment and senses were likely impaired because of alcohol.
- Collisions with Other Vehicles: The Department of Transportation stated that, apart from falls, collisions with other vehicles were the most common issue bicycle riders faced. About 75% of these incidents happened in urban areas in 2017. Around 37% of bike accidents also involved alcohol.
What to Do After a Pedestrian or Bicycle Accident
Getting into a pedestrian or bike accident can be disorienting, especially if it caused serious injuries for you or your loved one. All too often, these accidents result in catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputation, and broken bones. It’s important that you seek immediate medical attention for your injuries.
After getting proper medical care, here are steps you should take to better your chances of getting proper compensation for the damages you have incurred:
- Consult with a Capable Lawyer: Before talking to your insurance company, the police, or the press, consult a pedestrian or bicycle accident lawyer. A lawyer will help you navigate conversations with your insurance company and others. They can also provide a proper and concise statement on your behalf when necessary.
- Gather Evidence: Ask the hospital for your medical records and any documentation they took of your injuries and send these documents to your lawyer immediately. These are essential pieces of evidence that help support your insurance claim.
- Seek Compensation for Your damages: Once your attorney determines that you have a solid case, you can move on to filing an insurance claim. If you have evidence that the company isn’t giving proper compensation, your lawyer can help take them to trial.
Bicycle & Pedestrian Laws in Colorado
In Colorado, state laws enforce rules that keep you safe when walking or biking on the streets.
Here’s what you need to know about Colorado’s pedestrian and bicycle laws:
- Right-of-Way: The Colorado Driver Handbook says that drivers must stop when pedestrians are crossing the street, even when there are no traffic signals. If a driver approaches a crosswalk where other drivers have stopped to allow pedestrians to cross, they must yield as well. Even though pedestrians have the right-of-way most of the time, the Colorado Department of Transportation still strongly recommends looking both ways before crossing a street.
Guidelines for Cyclists: Colorado laws cover the following issues for cyclists sharing the road
or riding on designated bike paths in the state:
- A bike must not be used to carry more people than it’s designed for
- Cyclists must not attach themselves or their bikes to other vehicles on the road
- Riders should always occupy the right-hand lane on the road
- A person riding a bicycle should have at least one hand on the handlebars
- While cyclists can use sidewalks, they should always yield the right-of-way to pedestrians
Compensation & Settlement
You’re at a high risk of getting severely injured in an accident as a cyclist because you have little to no protection outside of your helmet and other safety gear. The risk is even greater for pedestrians.
There is no limit when getting compensation for your medical treatment, lost wages, and other economic damages. In Colorado, you may also claim for non-economic damages like pain and suffering, which are capped at $250,000.
It’s important to note, however, that Colorado has a modified comparative fault rule. It says that if the jury finds you even slightly accountable for your accident, your compensation may get reduced. For example, a court may find you 20% responsible because you were looking at your phone’s GPS moments before your crash. As such, only 80% of your damages will be awarded to you.
Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation
Our pedestrian and bike accident lawyers here at Larson Larimer Schneider, P.C. can fight to ensure fair compensation for the injuries you received. We understand the challenges you are up against and are prepared to put our 100+ years of combined experience and reputation for success on your side.