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The freeing feeling of a motorcycle ride is enhanced by the backdrop of Denver’s scenic mountainside roads. Motorcycling is an increasingly popular activity, enjoyed by many Colorado residents. Unfortunately, with the general interest in motorcycles increasing, so too is the likelihood of motorcycle accidents. That’s why it’s important to call an experienced Denver motorcycle accident lawyer if you are ever in an accident.

Manufacturers continue to make improvements to enhance motorcycle safety, including making available modifications and accessories. Nonetheless, motorcycles offer less protection than other vehicles. That is why, regardless of the safety modifications you may make, motorcycle accidents often result in serious injury.

For legal purposes, the difference between a car accident and a motorcycle accident is massive. Consequently, it is important that you seek assistance from an experienced injury attorney. The Denver motorcycle accident lawyers at Zinda Law Group are here to assist you. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Colorado, call (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free consultation.

Common Causes of Motorcycle accidents

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) works hard to combat the recent uptick in motorcycle crashes in Colorado. The rising number of motorcyclist deaths on Colorado roadways is a growing cause for concern, and the number of motorcycle rider fatalities in the entire nation is equally alarming.

In 2019 alone, 5,014 motorcyclists died nationwide. This statistic indicates that per mile traveled in 2019, motorcyclists were about 29 times more likely to die in accidents than passenger vehicle occupants, and 4 times more likely to be injured.

You may have seen public safety announcements made by CDOT urging people to be more cautious of motorcycle riders. Their messages are directed toward passenger vehicle drivers, urging them to “look twice before turning left,” and to “follow all traffic laws.” These messages show that CDOT is taking the safety of motorcyclists seriously, but only time will tell if their new campaign is effective at increasing safety for motorcyclists.

The number of riders in Colorado is continuously growing, as more people crave taking a two-wheeled trip through Denver’s scenic landscape. Because of the growing number of riders, there is an obvious risk that CDOT must combat.

As mentioned, there are some safety measures that motorcyclists can take themselves, such as making modifications to their bikes and wearing the proper gear for riding. But it is widely known that these safety measures pale in comparison to the protection offered by the steel frame of a four-door passenger vehicle.

With this in mind, it is important for motorcycle riders to be aware of the most common indications that their safety is at greater risk. Keeping in mind any indication that the roads or the drivers on it are not as safe as possible, can help prevent something as serious as a motorcycle accident. Below are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents:

Unsafe Lane Changes

When the driver of a passenger vehicle makes an unsafe lane change, they are putting the safety of all those around them at risk. This risk is heightened for motorcyclists.

Making an unsafe lane change means that the driver of the vehicle failed to use their signals or check their blind spots. If a passenger vehicle driver changes lanes in an unsafe manner, the motorcyclist riding in a lane next to them can be side-swiped or may have to maneuver to avoid being hit. Of course, this may create a domino effect, whereby swerving to avoid an accident causes another accident to occur.

Car Doors

Car door accidents are a result of a driver’s failure to notice a motorcycle coming from behind, leading to a collision or forcing the rider to swerve into traffic. Sometimes referred to as ‘dooring accidents,’ these types of accidents can be easily avoided by the owner of the passenger vehicle by simply checking their surroundings.

The person who opened the door is typically liable if the motorcyclist was doored, and the number of damages awarded will depend on the facts of the case. For motorcyclists, it is important to keep an eye out for passenger vehicles which are parked on the shoulders of the highway, or on narrow side streets.

Speeding

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2019, speeding killed nearly 9,500 people. There are tons of reasons why people drive beyond the speed limit, such as traffic congestion or running behind schedule.

It is important to note that speeding increases the risk of losing control of the vehicle, crashing, and thereby causing injury to all parties involved. In the case of motorcyclists who have little protection from their external environment, speeding drivers can be a great risk to them.

Sudden Stops

Individuals on the roadway can be held responsible for injuries caused by a motorcyclist having to come to a sudden stop. When a motorcycle collides with a car that has stopped suddenly, it may result in the motorcyclist cartwheeling forward, turning end-over-end, and catapulting the motorcyclist into the roadway.

You may be thinking that in the event of a rear-end accident, the tailing driver is always at fault; however, this may not be the case. There are incidents in which a pedestrian or bicyclist illegally crosses the road, or when roadway maintenance leaves the motorists on the roadway with no option but to stop suddenly.

Inexperienced Drivers

Inexperienced drivers are generally learning the rules and regulations of the road for the first time, thus making them more likely to commit the types of infractions that could lead to a motorcycle accident. An inexperienced driver is likely to omit performing tasks that would otherwise make the roadways safer. These types of omission typically include failing to correctly set their mirrors, check their blind spots, and signal before changing lanes.

As it pertains to motorcyclists, a veteran motorcyclist will be more attuned to avoiding dangers in and on the road. Nevertheless, regardless of your motorcycle experience, some things are too far out of your control.

Dangerous Road Conditions

Dangerous road conditions include

  • broken concrete,
  • potholes,
  • debris in the road,
  • poorly lit streets,
  • and much more.

These types of conditions make it easy for motorcyclists to lose control of their motorcycles and crash. When dangerous road conditions are the cause of your crash, it is important to take pictures documenting the conditions of the road at the time of the accident.

In this instance, the people who are responsible for designing, building, or maintaining the road will likely be the party who is liable for your injuries. Taking pictures can help establish the facts of your case, increasing your chance for recovery.

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The risks of driving a motorcycle

Some of the reasons that driving a motorcycle are inherently more dangerous than driving a passenger vehicle have already been outlined, but it’s important to again acknowledge the various ways that motorcyclists can protect themselves from reckless drivers and poor road conditions. As CDOT has urged, it is important for motorcyclists to wear a helmet, abide by all laws governing the roadway, and make modifications to improve the safety of the bike wherever possible. The key takeaway here is to do all things within your control to reduce the overall severity of potential injuries.

Furthermore, proof that you took measures to improve the safety of your motorcycle and guard your body against injury may improve the likelihood of succeeding in your claim and recovering damages. Make no mistake, the attorneys for the defendant will try to undermine your claim in any way that they can. Even if they fail to establish that their client was not at fault, they will try to reduce the damages that may be owed to you by alleging that you were partly to blame for the accident and that you could have done more to prevent your injuries.

While motorcyclists in Colorado over the age of 18 do not have to wear a helmet if they so choose, it is highly recommended that they do. If you are a person who chooses to wear a helmet, you should try to wear one which is approved by the Colorado Department of Transportation. Of course, it is desirable for your helmet to be stylish, but when picking out a helmet, safety should be the priority. If you are curious what types of helmets CDOT approve of, the information is available on their website.

Below are lists of advice to both motorcyclists and drivers of passenger vehicles.

Advice to Motorcyclists

  • Ride with a CDOT-approved helmet.
  • Be aware of drivers opening their doors.
  • File a complaint with the state if roads are in poor condition.
  • Document safety modifications that you’ve made to your motorcycle.

Advice to Other Drivers

  • Avoid being distracted while driving.
  • Always check blind spots for motorcycles.
  • Always look twice before pulling onto a roadway.
  • Distance yourself from motorcyclists in front of you.

Following the advice provided here can help prevent accidents. At Zinda Law Group, we find it unfortunate that these types of accidents occur, with parties often suffering serious injury. While we hope that these incidents and injuries can be decreased as more awareness is garnered around road safety, we understand that some accidents just cannot be avoided.

Even so, those at fault must be held accountable for their actions in causing these accidents. To speak with a ZLG Denver injury lawyer about the unique circumstances of your accident for free, please call (800) 863-5312, and we will begin to investigate the possibility of achieving recovery for you and your family.

What to do after being in a motor cycle accident

The first, and most important step after a motorcycle accident is to seek any necessary medical treatment. Seeking emergency medical attention remains the first line of action, even if your injuries are not readily apparent. Keep in mind that some injuries do not outwardly manifest themselves, and you will have no way of knowing their severity.

Next, contact the local authorities, and, if possible, wait for a police officer to arrive on the scene. Following a motorcycle accident, it’s normal to feel afraid, confused, and overwhelmed. Having the help of the proper local authorities there with you will help, especially since they will record details of the accident which you might not be able to see in your distress.

If possible, though, try to capture photos of road conditions and all vehicles that were involved in the wreck. This is key to creating an accurate account of the accident, which can later be used to your advantage at trial.

If you are in critical condition following your accident, remain still and do not concern yourself with the aforementioned. Only when you are in a stable condition should you begin to consider filing a legal claim against those potentially responsible for the accident.

At this point, you should contact a motorcycle accident attorney. An experienced injury attorney from Zinda Law Group will begin working to ensure the preservation of vital evidence, which is often lost, misplaced, or purposely destroyed by potential defendants.

You have a right to discuss the accident with a personal injury lawyer who can go over your options. They are the most qualified help you can get for filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit. If you are thinking to yourself, ‘Where can I find an injury lawyer near me?’ please contact Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312.

Never Admit fault after an accident

There are several reasons why you should not admit fault after an accident. You may feel pressure to assign blame at the scene of the accident; meanwhile, the other party may make assertions that put you in an uncomfortable position.

You are probably not aware of all the factors that may have caused the incident, and neither are the other parties. If at the scene of the accident you are being pressured for a statement, it’s okay to remain silent until the shock has subsided. By doing so, you allow the full picture of the crash to develop while all facts and circumstances are ascertained.

Avoid Admitting Fault

  • Do not state any personal opinions
  • Do not embellish facts or other information.
  • Allow your injury attorney to speak to all parties on your behalf.

Many factors could have led to the accident. For example, the other driver may have been using his cellphone or been under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The at-fault party and their insurance company are looking for statements that will help them deny your claim.

Contact a Denver injury lawyer to engage other parties on your behalf, including law enforcement, eyewitnesses, the at-fault party, and the insurance company. An experienced personal injury lawyer from Zinda Law Group is well-versed in this field of law and is ready to advocate on your behalf.

Get help from a denver motorcycle accident lawyer today

At Zinda Law Group, our experienced team of attorneys focuses on protecting your rights and preparing your case after a motorcycle accident. A motorcycle accident attorney can help you and your family pursue maximum compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost income, pain and suffering, and much more.

Motorcycle accident injuries can be life-threatening or have a lengthy recovery period. A lawyer with Zinda Law Group can work to seek awards for your losses and hold negligent parties accountable. Moreover, we offer 100% free, initial consultations, and you will pay nothing unless we achieve a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your injury case; that is our No Win No Fee Guarantee!

A lawyer from our firm would be honored to serve you during this challenging time. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a motorcycle wreck in the Denver metropolitan area, call Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 to schedule a free consultation with a motorcycle accident attorney.

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