Denver Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Experienced Motorcycle Riders and Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Serving All of Colorado’s Riders and Passengers
Though motorcycles continue to be popular, their smaller size makes them dangerous to operate on America’s roadways and especially in the Colorado mountains. When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, he or she is more likely to be severely injured or killed than is the operator of a car or truck. Fortunately, those injured in motorcycle accidents have legal recourse, as do the relatives of a motorcyclist who suffered a wrongful death. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, or a loved one has died in a motorcycle accident, please contact McDermott Law to speak to our experienced Denver, Colorado motorcycle accident attorneys.
Our experienced Denver personal injury lawyers can help you recover compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and other expenses.
- The Dangers of Motorcycles
- Motorcycle Accident-Related Injuries
- Begin Your Motorcycle Accident Claim
- Colorado Motorcycle Law
- Defective Motorcycle Equipment
- Fatal Motorcycle Accident
- ATV and Scooter Accident
- Left-hand Turn Motorcycle Accident
- Lane sharing and Lane-splitting Motorcycle Accident
- Open car door Motorcycle Accident
- Rear-end Motorcycle Accident
- Truck vs. Motorcycle Accident
- Car vs. Motorcycle Accident
- Road Hazards and Dangerous Roadway Conditions
- Dangerous Road Conditions: Ice on Roads
There Are Many Potential Causes of a Motorcycle Accident
Riding a street cruiser, sport bike, dual sport, dirt bike, or a scooter is an ever increasing past-time and, for many, a means of transportation. This is especially true in Colorado where the weather allows for a long riding season and plenty of sunshine. The attraction unfortunately can turn hazardous very quickly, many times through no fault of the motorcycle rider. At times, the rider’s actions can lead to injury to a passenger. Some of the many causes of a motorcycle accident in Colorado include:
- Negligence of other drivers
- Weather conditions
- Road conditions
- Distracted driving (talking or texting)
- Driving under the influence
- Riding under the influence
- Ignoring traffic signals and signage
- Inattentive truckers
What Should You Do When You Have Been in a Motorcycle Accident?
1. Remove yourself from dangerous traffic situations. Do not get yourself or another injured again by a second accident.
2. If someone is hurt, call 911 immediately. Even if no injuries, if there is damage to your bike or automobile, call the police or sheriff.
3. Be careful of your comments at the scene of the accidents. Don’t say “I’m sorry” when the accident was not your fault. This can be perceived as admission of wrongdoing on your part. It might be used against you.
4. Speak to the other driver only to get his or her information and to make sure they are OK. Only talk about the accident facts with the police.
5. Get the Other Driver’s Information:
- Phone number
- Email address
- Make, model and year of the vehicle
- License plate number
- Insurance carrier and policy number
6. Obtain witness information from all passengers, bystanders and other witnesses (names, address, phone numbers, etc.)
7. Everybody has a cell phone these days. Use it. Take pictures/video of the following:
- Damage to your motorcycle/vehicle
- Accident location
- Those involved. Witnesses.
- Road and weather conditions
8. Call YOUR insurance company to report the accident.
9. If injured, be sure to follow up with your doctor.
10. Do not give a recorded statement to any insurance company until you have consulted with an attorney.
11. Do not settle your claim with an insurance company until you have consulted with an attorney.
Contact the Denver motorcycle and automobile accident attorneys at McDermott Law, LLC for a free consultation.
Since the 1800s, motorcycles have been an American pastime and Americans have created and joined a variety of statewide and nationwide motorcycle enthusiast clubs and organizations. Unfortunately, motorcyclists are in constant danger while operating their bikes. In fact, motorcycle fatalities have increased more than 50 percent in a recent five-year period. In 2001, more than 7 percent of motor vehicle fatalities in the United States involved motorcycle crashes, while motorcycles only made up approximately 2 percent of the vehicles on the road. More than 3,180 people were killed in motorcycle-related accidents in 2001.
Many drivers of cars or trucks do not exercise sufficient care in looking out for motorcyclists. Simple acts of negligence committed by motorists, such as speeding or failing to check their car’s blind spot, can cause the injury or death of a motorcyclist. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact Denver, Colorado motorcycle accident attorneys at McDermott Law, LLC. Our personal injury lawyers are experienced in fighting for the rights of injured motorcyclists and can help you achieve compensation for the costs related to your accident and rehabilitation.
In addition to the possibility of dying in motorcycle accident, motorcyclists are at risk for serious and debilitating injuries, including:
- Bone fractures
- Brain, head, and neck (including traumatic brain injury)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Dismemberment; Loss of one or more limbs
- Road rash
- Soft-tissue injuries
It has been estimated that 80 percent of motorcycle crashes result in serious injuries or death to the motorcyclist. In comparison, approximately 20 percent of auto accidents resulted in serious injuries or death.
If you are a motorcyclist who has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact Denver motorcycle accident lawyers at McDermott Law, LLC to discuss your claim. Our experienced lawyers will fight on your behalf to recover monetary compensation for any of the following:
- Injuries related to the motorcycle accident
- Hospital and medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of wages
- Bike repair
- Protective gear repair
- Other accident-related costs