If you suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, it could be another driver’s fault. An Aurora motorcycle accident lawyer may be able to help you win financial awards to pay for the costs associated with your crash.
If your loved one died in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to seek compensation for their wrongful death. To learn more, contact Ben Crump, PLLC, at (800) 924-3113.
Motorcyclists Are More Exposed Than Enclosed Vehicle Occupants
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), despite fewer motorcycles driving on the road, the crash fatality rate for motorcyclists was six times that of passenger car occupants in 2015. This is because motorcycles are less stable and enclosed than other vehicles, and they lack safety features like airbags and seat belts. The chances of getting thrown from a motorcycle in a crash also are greater.
When a collision between a motorcycle and another vehicle occurs, there is no outer vehicle structure to protect the motorcycle’s passengers. The impact of a crash could crush or sever limbs, break the spine, cause scrapes, bruises, cuts, and burns, or send the rider flying off the bike. When a rider gets ejected, there is a significant risk for head injuries. Colorado does not require motorcyclists over age 18 to wear a helmet, but eye protection is mandatory.
To help prevent accidents, drivers should be alert for motorcyclists and aware that motorcycles are smaller and less visible. One of the most dangerous places for a motorcyclist is at an intersection. The NHTSA found that nearly one-third of motorcycle accidents involved another vehicle turning into the motorcyclist’s path, causing a collision.
The same rules of the road apply to motorcyclists and car drivers. However, in some states, motorcyclists can split lanes, meaning they may pass larger vehicles by overtaking them in the same lane. This is illegal in Colorado, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).
For a free legal consultation with a motorcycle accidents lawyer serving Aurora, call 800-924-3113
Laws Related to Vehicle Accidents
No matter what types of vehicles an accident involved, you must report accidents resulting in property damages, injuries, or death to local law enforcement, according to Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) §42-4-1606. If an officer was present at the crash, you do not need to take any additional steps. If not, you can report your accident online with the Colorado Department of Revenue (CDOR).
Like all automobile owners in Colorado, motorcycle drivers must have liability insurance to pay for death, injuries, or property damages they cause. At a minimum, motorists must have:
- $25,000 for bodily injury or death to one person
- $50,000 for bodily injury or death to two or more people
- $15,000 for property damage
Because Colorado is an at-fault insurance state, you file your claims with the liable driver’s insurance provider. The insurance process can get complicated. You can hire an Aurora motorcycle accident lawyer for assistance if the insurer is arguing against paying your claims or refuses to offer a settlement that satisfies your accident costs.
Sometimes, even if the insurer is willing to pay, your injuries may exceed the liable driver’s coverage, or the liable driver may not have insurance. No matter the reason, if an insurance claim cannot settle your damages, you may take your case to civil court. Colorado has a separate statute of limitations for injuries caused by a vehicle accident. You have three years to bring a tort action for bodily injuries or property damages suffered during a crash.
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Seeking Compensation from Negligent Parties
If you or your family member suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, you know medical bills and other expenses can quickly add up, especially if you cannot work during your recovery. An attorney can help you seek reimbursement for your medical treatment, including money for your future needs, such as physical therapy, follow-up surgeries, or long-term medication costs. You can also pursue awards for:
- Lost wages
- Mobility aids, such as wheelchairs or walkers
- Fixing or replacing your motorcycle
- Stress and emotional turmoil caused by your crash
- Permanent disabilities, disfigurement, or scarring
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Nursing services
- Your loved one’s final medical bills and burial costs
Whatever your accident-related costs, if you did not cause your crash, you should not have to bear them alone. If you believe another driver or other entity is responsible for your accident, do not hesitate to reach out to a law firm for help with pursuing damages. You could deserve compensation if the cause of your crash was:
- A drunk driver
- Defective brakes
- Negligent road maintenance
- Another driver’s improper turn or failure to yield
- Another driver’s excessive speeding
- A distracted driver
- Tire failure
Of course, there are other accident causes not listed above. An attorney can examine your case and figure out your best course of action for seeking financial awards. Colorado allows for the recovery of partial damages in the event your actions contributed to your crash. As long as you are less than 50 percent at fault, you are eligible for awards.
Fighting for Our Clients
Whether a reckless driver, automobile defect, or other issue caused your accident, Ben Crump, PLLC, is here to help. We do not back down from tough cases, and we will do everything in our power to give our clients a voice. Our job is to take care of seeking financial awards so that you can focus on healing.
An Aurora motorcycle accident lawyer will do the legwork necessary to prove your case. We will collect official accident reports, medical bills and records, eyewitness testimony, and other available evidence to show your accident was the result of someone else’s negligence. To learn more about working with our team, call us at (800) 924-3113 today for a free consultation.