Cycling and bicycling in Colorado is a very common sport and many times, car drivers refuse to share the road with cyclists. As a result, cars are often involved in accidents with cyclists throughout Colorado. Unfortunately, even though most cyclists in Colorado wear a helmet and it offers some protection, a helmet will not prevent all injuries sustained from an accident with a car. If you have received injuries while cycling and being hit by a car, it is very important to immediately contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who will make every effort to help you achieve the damages you deserve from your car accident.
If you have been in a bicycle accident in Denver, you only have two years after the accident to file a lawsuit for the injuries you sustained against the negligent driver, according to section 13-80-102 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. This time period, known as a statute of limitations (SOL) bars a lawsuit for damages arising out of a tort claim after a certain period of time has passed. Therefore, since this is a short time period, it is very important to contact a knowledgeable Denver personal injury lawyer to ensure your lawsuit for damages is not barred and help you receive the monetary damages you are entitled to.
Denver Bicycle Accident Attorney
Were you seriously injured or was your loved one killed in a bicycle collision in Colorado? Do not delay in seeking legal representation.
Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson represents clients throughout Denver County as well as surrounding areas in Jefferson County, Adams County, Boulder County, and Arapahoe County. Call (303) 458-5000 right now to have personal injury lawyer Jennifer Donaldson review your case during a free consultation.
Colorado Bicycle Collision Information Center
- Denver Bicycle Crash Injuries
- Causes of Bicycle Accidents in Colorado
- Bicycle Injury Claims in Denver
- Colorado Bicycle Accident Resources
Denver Bicycle Crash Injuries
Hundreds of cyclists die each year from vehicle-related accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This number accounts for 2 percent of all traffic fatalities each year. This number does not include injuries, which are even more prevalent from car-related accidents each year. Although this number may seem low, it increases every year.
Most care-related cycling injuries occur during the summer and at dusk, or the early evening when it is often difficult for drivers to spot cyclists on the road. Although these types of accidents primarily occur in urban areas, they can also result in rural areas and along major roads in Colorado.
Although most accident from cycling can occur to the cyclist’s head, arms or legs, they can also sustain any of the following injuries:
- Head trauma;
- Broken bones, crushed bones or fractured bones;
- Brain injuries;
- Back injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Severed limbs;
- Paraplegia or quadriplegia; and/or
- Neck injuries.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents in Colorado
Motor vehicles are expected to share the roads in the Denver area with bicyclists. Unfortunately, collisions and injuries often occur because one party did not respect the rights of the other.
Car accidents with bicyclists often occur due to the following:
- The car driver failed to yield the right of way to cyclists;
- There was a great deal of traffic congestion;
- The car driver drove recklessly;
- The driver sped or failed to control their speed;
- The driver opened their doors while parked;
- The driver was distracted or failed to pay attention;
- The driver failed to see the cyclist;
- The driver used their cell phone while driving;
- The driver was drunk or under the influence of drugs or alcohol; or
- The driver hit the cyclist while making a turn.
Bicycle Injury Claims in Denver
Accidents involving bicycles and automobiles can be very catastrophic and result in serious injuries. If you were injured while riding your bicycle due to a car driver’s negligence in Denver, it is very important to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to represent you in your impending lawsuit.
Generally, the car driver will want to compensate you for your injuries through their insurance provider. However, many times insurance companies will deny your claim, dispute the extent of your injuries and refuse to pay for any non-economic damages, such as time off work, lost wages, pain and suffering and mental anguish.
Other times, the insured may not have sufficient insurance coverage to pay for all of your medical bills or injuries. The insurance company is only required to pay up to the policy limits. This means if your actual damages and non-economic damages exceeded the motorist’s insurance coverage or they are uninsured, you will likely file a lawsuit to receive the compensation you deserve from your accident.
Colorado Bicycle Accident Resources
Denver B-cycle — Denver B-cycle is the city’s shared bicycle system with numerous stations in and around the Mile High City. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. You can find rate, locations, and answers to frequently asked questions on this website.
2737 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205
Bicycle Colorado — A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1992, the mission of Bicycle Colorado is to “encourage and promote bicycling, increase safety, improve conditions and provide a voice for bicyclists in Colorado.” On the organization’s website, you can find recent news, upcoming events, and additional safety information.
1525 Market Street
Denver, CO 80202
Bike Denver — This membership-supported organization has a mission to transform bicycling in Denver. On this website, you can learn more about the group’s advocacy, education, community, and consulting efforts.
1536 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202
Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson | Denver Cycling Accident Lawyer
If you sustained catastrophic injuries or your loved one was killed because of another party’s negligence in a bike accident, make sure that you have experienced legal counsel. Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson serves residents of numerous Colorado communities, including Thornton, Longmont, Centennial, Aurora, Boulder, Westminster, Arvada, Lakewood, and Littleton.
Denver personal injury lawyer Jennifer L. Donaldson understands the significant difficulties that victims face after bicycle accidents, which is why she works tirelessly to get them full and fair compensation. You can have her review your case during a free consultation as soon as you call (303) 458-5000 or submit an online form right now.