With little structural protection, a bicyclist involved in a collision with a motor vehicle stands the risk of suffering severe injuries. These injuries come with hefty medical expenses. Missing time at work to receive treatment and recover further deepens the victim’s financial trouble.
If you experienced a bicycle accident, and another driver or entity caused the collision, you have the right to demand compensation from that other party.
A Colorado Springs bicycle accident lawyer from Ben Crump, Law, PLLC can represent you to insurance companies and in a civil court to fight for the compensation you deserve. We do not shy away from tough cases.
Call us today at (800) 761-5225 for a free consultation.
The Duty of Care Protects You
Personal injury laws of Colorado give you the right to seek compensation from an individual or entity whose negligence causes you to suffer injury. This law stems from a doctrine called “duty of care,” which comprises four elements that an injured party must prove in order to collect compensation.
These criteria include the following:
- Duty of Care: Your lawyer must prove that the defendant owed you a duty to act in a way that would keep you safe and free from injury.
- Breach of Duty: Your attorney must prove that the defendant violated their duty of care.
- Causation: Your case must show that the defendant’s breach of duty caused the accident that caused your injury.
- Damages: Your lawyer must prove that you suffered losses—physical, financial, and emotional—as a result of your accident-related injury.
The lawyer you hire to represent you in your case will gather evidence that supports the above arguments so you can get the compensation you deserve.
For a free legal consultation with a bicycle accidents lawyer serving Colorado Springs, call 800-761-5225
How Bicycle Accidents Happen
As more and more people ride bicycles—whether for environmental concerns, healthy lifestyles, or just for fun—the number of bicycle accidents increase. Despite the fact that many urban areas have created bicycle lanes to keep bicycle traffic separate and safe from motor vehicle traffic, the accidents persist.
We can attribute some of the increase to the fact that motorists have yet to adjust to the number of bicycles on the road and simply do not know how to maneuver around these vehicles.
Other common causes of bicycle accidents include:
- Driving while distracted
- Driving too fast for road conditions
- “Dooring” (a car passenger opens their door without checking for bicycle traffic)
- Obstacles on road
- Road construction
- Driving while fatigued
- Aggressive driving/road rage
- Drunk driving or driving under the influence
- Failure to yield right of way
- Motorist fails to see the bicyclist
- Failure to observe bike lane before turning
The determination of what caused your accident plays a fundamental role in establishing the at-fault party. A Colorado Springs bicycle accident lawyer from Ben Crump Law, PLLC can launch an investigation into the cause of your accident and fight to have them held accountable for your damages. Call us today for a free case review.
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Investigating Your Bicycle Accident
Our legal team has represented more than its share of accident victims. We know what type of evidence a jury wants to see before they find a defendant responsible for a collision—and we know exactly where to find that evidence.
When you hire our firm, we can launch an investigation that includes obtaining evidence from:
- The scene of the accident
- Witness interviews
- Photos and videos from surveillance cameras
- The police accident report
- Accident reconstruction specialists
We will use this evidence to support our argument that the defendant caused the accident that caused your injury.
To prove your damages, we can seek supporting evidence from:
- Your employer wage statements
- Medical reports related to your injury
- Expert opinions from medical, economic, occupational therapy, and psychology professionals
We can build our case on a bedrock of evidence that any jury will find compelling.
Calculating Your Damages
Your damages amount to more than you might realize. One strong benefit of seeking the help of a bicycle accident lawyer serving Colorado Springs lies in their knowledge of the depth and scope of losses you can factor into your demand for compensation. The lawyers at Ben Crump, PLLC dig deep and wide to ensure we account for all your losses in your case.
We cannot say with any certainty what the damages in your case will amount to until we review the details of your injury. To give you an idea of the types of damages that sometimes accompany a bicycle accident case, consider the following:
- Costs of medical treatment by doctors and surgeons (past, ongoing, and future)
- Hospital stay (past and future)
- Prescription medications (past, ongoing, and future)
- Mobility devices
- Home modifications
- Replacement services
- Lost wages (past and future)
- Lost benefits
- Diminished future potential earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Diminished quality of life
Our lawyers will calculate the sum of your losses and include them in a demand letter they will present to the defendant’s insurer. If the insurance company makes a counteroffer, our lawyers will handle negotiations on your behalf. If the insurer refuses to agree to a fair settlement, we will not hesitate to take the matter to court. We do not shy away from tough cases.
If you lost a loved one due to injuries they suffered in a bicycle accident, you might consider pursuing a wrongful death action. Our wrongful death lawyers can help you in this matter. We will represent you and fight for your right to compensation.
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Statute of Limitations Gives You Limited Time to Act
Under Colorado civil law, you must take any legal action against the at-fault party within two years of your injury, according to the Colorado Revised Statutes §13-80-102(1)(a). The sooner you hire legal counsel, the more time you give them to prepare your case and meet this and other critical deadlines.
Most personal injury cases resolve without ever having to go to court, but if the insurance company refuses to compensate you fairly, you will want plenty of time to file your lawsuit and get the compensation you deserve.
Hire a Colorado Springs Bicycle Accident Lawyer Today
Your bicycle accident has already caused you pain, stress, and suffering. Do not let the financial aftermath of your injuries further burden you. Call us today to tell us about your case and learn your options for pursuing compensation.
Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at (800) 761-5225 for a free consultation.