Each year, over 4,000 motorcyclists are killed in traffic accidents, with many thousands more seriously injured. Although motorcyclists represent less than 1% of total vehicle miles driven in the country, more than 10% of all traffic fatalities are motorcyclists.
If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, speak with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options. There are many contributing factors to the danger involved in riding, a number of which can be mitigated by safe habits by both riders and drivers of cars and trucks. However, at least one factor that contributes to the potential danger of riding a motorcycle isn’t going anywhere. Motorcycles lack many of the safety features that are either inherent to or mandatory in cars, with protective bodies, seat belts, air bags, and even mechanical features such as anti-lock brakes that motorcycles don’t have. Given the fact that there is more inherent risk in riding a motorcycle, certain safety precautions should always be taken.
(This graphic used with permission from personal injury attorney Andrew Bubb.)
Numerous studies conducted by independent agencies have concluded that wearing a helmet while riding can significantly lessen the severity of head and neck injuries in motorcycle wrecks, saving many lives, and improving the chances of returning to a normal, healthy life after a motorcycle crash. Additionally, in Colorado, like in most states, many rider safety programs are offered for motorcyclists. These programs tend to charge reasonable fees, and offer many benefits; the main benefit is the chance to learn skills that may one day save your life, but some motorcycle insurance companies may offer discounts to riders who have passed one of these courses as well.
One skill that may be crucial to a motorcyclist is the ability to avoid sudden, unpredictable obstacles. Unfortunately, one of the common causes of motorcycle accidents is drivers of larger vehicles simply not noticing the presence of a motorcycle. If a driver on the highway suddenly changes lanes, and a motorcycle is in the driver’s blind spot, the consequences of that action can be terrible. Learning to spot and avoid those kinds of situations can be a key safety skill.
As a Colorado motorcycle rider, you may know that Colorado does not have a universal helmet law. Under Colorado Revised Statutes, helmets are mandatory for minors, and if you wear a helmet, as a minor or an adult, it must be approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation, and bear the DOT sticker. However, if you are in a motorcycle crash that is caused by another driver’s negligence, the fact that you were not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision has NO BEARING on your right to recover compensation for medical bills, property damage, and lost wages as a result of the accident. Some insurance companies may attempt to persuade a jury that the driver’s negligence was somehow less serious because you were exercising your legal right to ride without a helmet. An experienced motorcycle collision lawyer will know how to make sure that this ruse by the insurance company attorneys does not work.
If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle crash, contact a dedicated motorcycle accident law firm right away. Time can be a very important factor in personal injury claims, and your attorney will want to conduct an independent investigation of the wreck as soon as possible, while physical evidence, and the memory of witnesses is still fresh. The experienced motorcycle crash attorneys at the Law Firm of Taussig, Taussig & Smith P.C. work hard to secure justice for victims of motorcycle accidents. With precise attention to detail and superior client service, their attorneys will work to get you the best possible outcome. Although many cases are able to settle out of court, the trial attorneys at Taussig, Taussig & Smith P.C. have taken over 100 cases to verdict at trial.
We handle cases in Denver, Boulder and throughout the state of Colorado.