Lakewood Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Seek Justice for Bikers
Colorado firm pursues compensation from negligent drivers
Many Coloradans enjoy our state’s natural beauty while riding a motorcycle. When you drive along Independence Pass on Highway 82 from Glenwood Springs to Twin Lakes, the Historic Byway from Whitewater to Placerville, or Trail Ridge Road from Estes Park to Grand Lake, it’s easy to see why so many love getting on their bikes. However, there is a risk that accompanies the thrill.
In 2020, Colorado had a record year for motorcycle fatalities with 140 riders killed. Approximately 80 percent of motorcycle crashes result in some sort of injury. If you or a loved one is hurt in a motorcycle accident, you can trust Silvern & Bulger, P.C. in Lakewood to fight for your rights. Our firm has been assisting clients injured by negligent drivers since 1977. Motorcycle crash cases can involve special circumstances, laws, and techniques which are different from standard auto cases. We have the experience in settlement negotiations and at trial to help you obtain appropriate compensation.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents in Colorado
To recover damages in your case, your attorney must prove someone else was at fault. The first step is to determine the cause of the accident. Your crash might have resulted from one or more of these factors:
- A car or truck driver’s carelessness
- Alcohol or drug impairment
- Poor road conditions
- Mechanical failure
- Weather and visibility issues
Our firm works with accident reconstruction experts to determine precisely what caused your accident. From there, we work diligently to hold the liable parties accountable.
Common injuries associated with motorcycle accidents
As motorcycle riders and their passengers are largely unprotected, a collision with another vehicle, a stationary object or the road can cause devastating harm. Common injuries suffered by victims of motorcycle accidents include:
- Concussion and traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal trauma, including possible paralysis
- Bone fractures
- Road rash and other types of lacerations
Wearing a helmet can substantially increase a rider’s chances of survival. Boots protect the feet, and leather or Kevlar clothing can protect a rider’s skin. Body armor also affords some protection against collisions. Still, in many motorcycle crashes, no equipment can prevent severe harm.
What compensation is available for motorcycle accident victims?
Riders injured by another’s negligence are entitled to compensation for their economic and noneconomic losses. These damages might include:
- Compensation for present and future medical expenses related to the injuries
- Payment for physical pain and mental suffering
- Recovery of lost present and future lost income
- Payment for expenses related to a disability, such as homecare and housing accommodations
- Payment for repair or replacement of a damaged bike
As your personal injury attorneys, it is our duty to pursue the maximum financial recovery available based on the facts in your case. We also represent grieving family members in wrongful death claims stemming from bike crashes.
Does it matter if I was wearing a helmet?
Colorado law does not require riders 18 years of age and older to wear a helmet. However, if you were not wearing a helmet and sustained a head injury, a defendant might claim that you are partly responsible for your medical condition. Colorado operates under a modified comparative negligence standard that reduces a plaintiff's award in proportion to the percentage of fault assigned to them. In the event that a jury finds that the plaintiff is at least 50 percent liable for their injuries, they cannot collect any damage award.
How long do I have to file a motorcycle claim?
You have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. However, it’s always best to contact an attorney promptly after you’ve been hurt. When you call our firm, we begin our investigation right away, before evidence disappears and witnesses start to forget what they saw. Our diligent preparation is designed to demonstrate how strong your legal argument is from the outset to encourage insurance companies to offer a quick, substantial settlement.
Contact a determined motorcycle accident lawyer in Lakewood, CO
Silvern & Bulger, P.C. in Lakewood provides highly personal and professional representation for victims of motorcycle accidents. To schedule a free consultation with a skilled personal injury attorney, call 303-292-0044 or contact us online.