Colorado Bicycle Accident Lawyer
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Most Colorado injury lawyers charge a 33-40% contingency fee for representation. Our fee is 20%. There are no upfront costs or hourly fees. We don’t get paid until you settle.
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We manage all of the legal aspects of your bicycle accident injury case, from the paperwork to dealing with insurance adjusters to handling critical negotiations so you receive a full, fair settlement.
Bicycle Crash Injuries Can Be Serious – Talk to Us Today
Cycling is healthy, fun, and an integral part of the recreation culture in Colorado. Unfortunately, however, motorists aren’t always careful around bicyclists. A person on a bicycle is no match for a two-ton car or a 40-ton truck. As a result, bicycle accident injuries can be serious, even with a helmet and protective gear. Along with the physical, emotional, and financial toll of a bicycle accident, the legal process for pursuing compensation can add additional stress to an already frustrating situation.
If you, your child, or another loved one were injured while riding a bicycle, please call our trusted bicycle accident lawyers in the Denver area to request a free initial consultation.
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If You Need a Bicycle Accident Attorney, Hire One Who Actually Rides!
Our qualified bicycle injury attorneys in Colorado have the experience, knowledge, and expertise needed to fight for victims’ rights in local bicycle collisions. We love to ride ourselves, and from that experience, we have an intimate understanding of the rules and dynamics of bicycling, both on the road and on a trail. Our injury attorneys have represented riders from around the state who were seriously injured by negligent drivers in accidents that occurred on city streets as well as rural roadways. We have also won cases on behalf of riders who were injured in accidents within city and state parks, cycling events, and bike versus bike crashes.
Call (303) 399-3235 today to learn how we can assist you. SettleUp was created to provide greater access to high-quality lawyers and to put more money back into your pocket after a settlement has been reached. That’s why we represent clients for a 20% contingency fee, compared to the 33-40% fee most other Colorado auto collision lawyers charge. We offer free, no-obligation consultations to discuss your case and your legal rights and options. There is absolutely no charge to consult with our legal team, and there are no upfront costs or hourly fees. You only pay legal fees if your case is successful.
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Why You Should Hire a Bicycle Accident Attorney in Colorado
In Colorado, cyclists and motorists have an equal right to use public roadways. So if you’ve been injured while biking in Colorado, there are laws in place to protect you. Often, injured cyclists attempt to handle bicycle accident claims and negotiate with insurance companies on their own. While insurance companies may agree to cover medical expenses, insurance companies typically don’t want to cover all of the damages to which you may be entitled. They tend to deny payment for other losses resulting from an accident, such as lost income. Insurance adjusters are well-paid, skilled negotiators who are trained to look for any reason to reject a claim or reduce a payout. Common tactics include downplaying your injuries, rejecting coverage for certain medical care, delaying investigation of claims, and stalling payments, among others.
When you work with one of our bicycle accident lawyers, you are represented by an injury attorney who has been down this road before. Our bicycle accident attorneys are knowledgeable about the complex insurance issues involved in bicycling cases. We know how to negotiate effectively with insurance companies on behalf of our clients, and have extensive experience needed for winning a bicyclist’s case.
To get the full value of your claim, you need an attorney on your side who knows how to apply the law, understands the damages to which you are entitled, and can protect you from exploitative insurance companies so that you get adequately paid.
Types of Bicycle Accident Cases We Handle
- When a bicyclist collides with a car, another bicyclist, or in rare cases, a pedestrian;
- When a bicyclist is injured by a dangerous roadway condition, such as a pothole, bump, or rut in the road; or
- When a defective bicycle part or component fails, causing injury.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED A BIcycle accident LAWYER?
Whether or not you need an attorney will depend on the facts of your case and how comfortable you are negotiating and navigating the claims process alone. While it is always an option to settle a bike crash injury claim on your own, there are certain circumstances when it is highly advisable that you, at the very least, consult with a personal injury attorney. Including:
- If you suffer any injury in a crash, even if they are minor
- If you incur significant expenses as a result of your wreck
- If fault for the accident is contested
- If more than two parties are involved
Remember, talking to a personal injury lawyer does not mean you have to hire a personal injury lawyer. And, hiring a lawyer does not mean going to court. In fact, the majority of personal injury cases settle without going to trial. After some research and conversations, you might find that handling your Denver personal injury claim on your own is the best option for you.
How Our Denver BIKE COLLISION Attorneys Can Help
Most clients do not want to be involved in a lengthy, expensive, time-demanding legal battle. Our attorneys make the legal process convenient, efficient, and affordable. We will guide you, tackle the complexity, and protect your rights so you obtain the money you are rightfully owed. Our goal is to take on the burden that comes from dealing with the at-fault party’s insurer so you focus on more important things, like healing.
Here are the number of ways our team of award-winning attorneys can help you:
- Offer a no-cost, comprehensive initial consultation
- Explain your rights, the legal process and answer your questions
- Take over all communication and serve as the direct point of contact with the insurance companies and the at-fault party
- File on your behalf
- Ensure you meet the necessary deadlines
- Collect documentation to support your claim
- Closely examine the terms of all insurance policies applicable to your case
- Identify all possible sources of compensation of your Denver personal injury claim
- Build a strong demand according to Colorado accident laws and facts of your case
- Aggressively negotiate a fair car accident settlement
Understanding Colorado’s Bicycling Laws
The most serious accidents are bicycle versus motor vehicle accidents. And with the rapidly growing bicycle culture in Denver, the total number of bicycle collisions is also rising. Because cycling is a common pastime in the Denver metro area and surrounding communities, it is all the more critical to be aware of your rights as a cyclist. We recommend reading up on traffic laws to keep yourself safe and free from fault, should an accident occur. In 2017, Colorado enacted a statute (Colorado Revised Statutes 42-4-1412) outlining a cyclist’s rights and responsibilities on public roadways. In Colorado, cyclists must obey the rules of the road, including these basics:
- A bicyclist may only carry the number of people for which their bicycle was designed.
- Bicyclists should use the right-hand lane.
- At least one hand must remain on the handlebars at all times.
- Bicyclists must signal their intention to turn.
- When cycling on a sidewalk, the bicyclist should yield to pedestrians.
Determining Fault in a Colorado Bicycle Accident Claim
Motorists who drive negligently, whether speeding, texting while driving, driving drunk, or failing to yield the right of way, are legally responsible for the injuries they cause. Generally, Colorado personal injury law extends a great deal of protection to cyclists injured because of another party’s careless behavior.
Colorado is an “at-fault” state, meaning those injured in a collision involving a motor vehicle must prove they were not at fault and attempt to collect damages from the at-fault party or their insurance company. Additionally, Colorado is a “comparative negligence” state which means more than one party to the accident may be found at fault. Under this law, a plaintiff’s damages (compensation) gets reduced by the plaintiff’s percentage of fault for the wreck or accident. Even if you were found to be partially at fault, you can still sue for damages, but the percent for which you were at fault will be subtracted from your total compensation.
How Do Insurance Companies Become Involved?
If you are struck by a motor vehicle, the driver’s auto insurance will provide coverage for your damages. But since Colorado has such a low policy minimum required, you might need to look to your own insurance for under-insured motorist coverage. Insurance companies often are reluctant to cover such claims, our experience in pursuing coverage for clients can make the difference.
What Compensation Can Be Recovered in a Denver Bike Accident Claim?
Anyone who has been injured in a motor vehicle collision that was caused by the negligence of another has the legal right to pursue compensation for any harms or losses that were incurred as a result of the wreck. In a personal injury claim, harms and losses are known as damages. Damages are subdivided into two categories: economic damages and non-economic damages.
In more serious injury disputes, a plaintiff is typically entitled to recover both economic and non-economic damages. In more minor accident cases, where injuries will heal, recoverable compensation is typically only applicable to economic damages.
Economic damages are tangible, measurable financial expenses and losses that can be calculated and proven with receipts, bills, and invoices. Such as:
- Medical bills related to the incident
- Cost of physical therapy or rehabilitation
- Compensation for any in-home care
- Lost wages and benefits due to missed time from work
- Loss of future earnings, in cases of permanent injury or disability
Unlike economic damages, non-economic damages are much more difficult to calculate because they aren’t considered monetary. Non-economic damages are the intangible harms and losses that result from the injury. Such as:
- Physical and mental pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Permanent disfigurement
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium for a spouse
How Much Compensation Will I Receive For My Cycling Accident?
Victims of bicycle collisions deserve compensation for their injuries and suffering. Whether you’ve suffered broken bones or a concussion you may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault party.
The total amount of compensation a victim of a Colorado car accident can recover varies depending on the facts and circumstances of the case. Since no two car accident cases are ever exactly the same, the most effective way to determine the value of your case is to contact an experienced Colorado injury lawyer to discuss your specific situation.
Some of the factors that affect the amount of compensation you can receive include the following:
- The severity of the injuries
- Level of the victim’s pain and suffering
- The amount of missed time from work
- Whether a victim can work at all after the crash
- Total property damage costs
3 Common Types of Bicycle Accidents
The Left Cross
A left-cross accident occurs when a motorist makes a left-hand turn (such as when yielding at a green light) and fails to see a bicycle rider going in the opposite direction, thus crashing into the side of the bicyclist.
The Right Hook
A right hook accident occurs when a bicycle is traveling in the same direction as a motor vehicle, either in a shared lane or in a dedicated bike lane, and the car suddenly turns right into the bicyclist, causing injury.
A cyclist gets “doored” when a vehicle driver or a passenger opens their car door in front of an oncoming bicycle rider. A cyclist can either be struck from the side by the opening door or ride head-on into the door.
Motor vehicle drivers are usually at fault when bicyclists are injured in dooring accidents.
Contact a Bike Accident Lawyer in Colorado
Dealing with the aftermath of a bicycle accident can be difficult, even if you’ve only sustained minor injuries. No matter the outcome of the accident, the responsible party should be held liable. If you’ve been injured and require the assistance of a cycling accident lawyer in the Denver metro area, contact us as soon as possible to go over your best options. Our team of personal injury attorneys is here to help you get the compensation you deserve to pay your medical bills and replace any lost wages. Our law firm operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning we don’t collect until you do!