Motorcycle Accidents - Sharing the Road
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tells us to share the road with pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists. Over 5,000 people died in 2017 in motorcycle accidents according to NHTSA.
NHTSA has a campaign called Share the Road to promote safety for everyone who uses our roadways including motorcyclists.
Car drivers are encouraged to look twice for motorcycles that may be next to them.
Colorado's summers are warm and sunny. Many people head to Colorado to travel through the winding roads in the mountains. This stretch of time from Memorial Day to Labor Day shows a higher percentage of car accidents according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.
We are motorcycle accidents attorneys that help people when other people do not share the road and someone gets hurt.
Riding a Motorcycle in Colorado and the Rocky Mountains
The Law on Protecting Motorcyclists in Colorado
In Colorado, the motorcycles and car receive the same treatment under the law.
An injured motorcyclist has a claim against the driver who hits the motorcyclist if the driver's caused the injuries and was at-fault for the collision. The motorcyclist's claims include compensation for medical treatment, future medical treatment, loss of the enjoyment of the quality of life, stress and inconvenience, pain and suffering, permanent impairment and scarring.
In general according to Colorado law, "Every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian upon any roadway and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary and shall exercise proper precaution upon observing any child or any obviously confused or incapacitated person upon a roadway."
It is important if you have been injured by an errant vehicle to speak to an attorney about who is responsible and about the harms and losses stemming for the accident.
The insurance company for the at-fault driver will be contacting the injured motorcyclist shortly after the crash. The motorcyclist should know his or her legal rights before speaking to the insurance company.
Motorcycle Accident Reconstruction
One reason to meet with an attorney shortly after the injury is so that the attorney can gather the facts about the accident.
In some cases, the attorney will use an expert to reconstruct the motorcycle collision using:
- estimates on the speed of the motorcycle and other vehicles involved based on size, weight, motorcycle or car manufacturer data
- estimates on the speed of the motorcycle and other cars involved
- reaction times of the drivers to stop the motorcycle or car
- stop time for the motorcycle or car
- analysis of evasive action the car could have taken
- whether the saw the motorcycle or could have seen the motorcycle
- any other factors
There may be witnesses or photographs to take. The motorcycle accident attorney will gather the police report, photographs taken by the police, video if any as well as the measurement taken by the police
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If you have been injured as a pedestrian, it is important to consult with an attorney right away. Your attorney will help you understand how the collision occurred and who is responsible for compensating you for your injuries.
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