Centennial Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Colorado is one of the more popular states for motorcyclists because of the fresh air and the scenic routes. As of a recent year, there were nearly 200,000 registered motorcycles in the state, and the number is growing. However, the number of fatal motorcycle accidents increases as Colorado drivers adopt far riskier behaviors.
There are scores of other crashes for every motorcycle accident fatality where the biker has suffered injuries. Roughly 70 to 75 percent of motorcyclists are injured in a collision because there is little to protect them from impact. Protect yourself by hiring a motorcycle accident lawyer in the event of an accident.
Experienced Centennial Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Helping Injured Bikers
When you or a loved one receive an injury in a motorcycle accident, you need an attorney to get to the bottom of your crash as soon as possible before you begin to lose valuable evidence. The attorneys at Varner Faddis Elite Legal LLC work for clients who have suffered injuries in serious motor vehicle accidents, with a track record of getting six and seven-figure settlements and awards for our clients.
Some amounts we have obtained for motor vehicle accident victims include:
While past case results are not a guarantee of future results, these demonstrate our commitment to obtaining the maximum compensation possible for every client. Let us go to work for you to get you the money that you deserve when someone else has injured you.
Motorcycles Present Unique Risks on the Road
Recently, 103 fatal motorcycle crashes across the state involved motorcyclists. By 2021, that number had grown to 137. Only part of the increase in fatalities can be traced to a rise in the number of motorcycles. Law enforcement lays much of the blame for skyrocketing traffic fatalities at the feet of dangerous drivers, who have generally caused an increase in serious traffic accidents, making these catastrophic accidents far too familiar.
The usual causes of any motor vehicle crash contribute to these motorcycle accidents, but some unique dangers to motorcycles increase the risks for bikers.
Passenger vehicle drivers can’t always see motorcyclists because they are not at their eye level. Nonetheless, the driver has the legal obligation to look for a motorcycle rider because the biker has a perfectly legal right to be on the road in their lane.
Instead, many drivers are reckless or simply not paying attention. Two common causes of motorcycle accidents occur when a driver changes lanes into an area where a motorcyclist sits and when they make a left turn that cuts across the street where the biker is. Both of these are signs of the driver’s inattention and negligent conduct.
How Drivers Cause Motorcycle Crashes
In addition, drivers can cause crashes by:
- Failing to yield the right-of-way to a motorcyclist when it is legally required
- Distracted driving by eating or using their mobile device behind the wheel
- Aggressive driving
While these are some of the common causes of motorcycle accidents, you must have evidence that shows what the driver was doing for them to be legally responsible for your injuries. You must prove that someone else was at fault for your injuries in any motorcycle accident. You have the burden of proof, and you are working against the perception that motorcyclists are risky individuals who gamble when they buy a bike.
You must show that your claims are more likely than not to be valid to even be in a position to discuss a settlement amount. We know how to do that.
Other Defendants in a Motorcycle Accident Case
In most cases, your claim or lawsuit will be against another driver involved in an accident.
The other potential defendants in a motorcycle accident lawsuit include:
- The State of Colorado or a local government who was responsible for maintaining the road in reasonable condition when a problem with the roadway caused your accident
- The manufacturer of your motorcycle, or a part, when a defect in the bike itself caused your accident
- A company that employed the driver who was responsible for your accident
Your lawyer will get to the bottom of your case to figure out who should be responsible.
How Our Attorneys Can Help Prove Your Case
One of the first things that our lawyers will do is investigate your motorcycle accident to establish that someone else was at fault and who it was. Then, we will get to work on building your case. When filing a motorcycle accident case, you are against the perception that a motorcyclist was to blame for their accident.
Varner Faddis Elite Legal can counter this with evidence that proves your case, including:
- Witness testimony
- Police reports (can only be used for insurance claims and not in court)
- Dashcam footage from nearby cars
- Video camera footage
- Pictures of the accident scene
- Testimony from an accident reconstruction expert
To put it simply, insurance companies do not like motorcycle riders. They play up the general stereotype of motorcyclists as risky individuals, even though they know the real truth. Insurance companies do this because they know they will have to pay a motorcyclist a lot of money if their driver is at fault. Therefore, they will stop at nothing to save themselves money. Any settlement they pay you comes out of their accounts and reduces their profits.
Common Injuries in a Motorcycle Accident
In a crash, motorcyclists stand a far greater chance of being severely injured or even killed. Even if they wear a helmet and the latest safety gear, nothing protects them from hard impact, either with a car or the pavement. Many of these injuries reflect hard contact and the lack of anything to cushion it.
Accordingly, motorcyclists can suffer the following injuries in a crash:
- Bone fractures
- Severe head trauma
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Brain damage
- Loss of limbs
- Internal injuries
- Organ damage
- Road rash
You Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
The first question that many motorcycle accident victims ask is whether they should hire an attorney. The automatic answer to this question is yes, every time. There are no circumstances under which you are better off taking care of your own legal matters. While many attorneys talk about getting you enough money for your claim (and this is a significant consideration), do not take it for granted that you can get cash at all.
Once you prove that someone else should pay for your injuries, you must talk dollars and cents with the defendant and their insurance company. In these circumstances, you need someone who knows how much your claim is worth and how to negotiate to get you as much money as possible.
What Your Motorcycle Accident Settlement May Include
Your damages in a motorcycle accident case stretch beyond what comes out of your pocket.
The defendant must pay you the following damages:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage to your motorcycle
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you are reading this after your loved one died in a motorcycle accident, your family may receive compensation if you can prove each element of the same negligence test.
In a wrongful death claim, your family may receive:
- The wages that your loved one will have earned throughout their career had they been able to keep working
- Compensation for your grief and trauma that comes from losing a loved one suddenly in a tragic accident
- Payment for the loss of your close relationship with your loved one and the guidance and support that they will have provided
We understand that it is difficult to deal with the legal process when a loved one has died or when you have serious injuries. Nonetheless, you cannot press pause on the legal process. Further, the quicker you contact an attorney, the sooner you may receive a check if you are successful.
Do Not Give Away Your Legal Rights for Pennies on the Dollar
You only have one chance to obtain compensation for motorcycle accident damages. If you settle a case with an insurance company, they will require you to sign a release agreement that does not allow you to seek further compensation for your claim.
If the jury issues a verdict in your case, they will only decide the matter once. If you did not receive enough money for your injuries, you will be the one who pays the price for that, making it essential for you to get enough money this time around – because there is no other time around.
Since you are likely dealing with severe injuries and a large amount of money, you must know the value of your case before you begin the legal process. There is no such thing as a rounding error in motorcycle accident cases. You must have a concrete idea of the value of your claim because it represents money that you will need in the future.
If you do not get enough money, you may find that the bulk of your settlement check will go to medical costs because your health insurance company is relieved of the responsibility for paying bills associated with your claim. You will not have enough money to pay your family’s bills when you cannot earn an income. Therefore, the work you put in now is crucial to your family’s future when someone else has jeopardized it by acting negligently on the roads.
Varner Faddis adds value to your case through our modern technology and approach to litigating and seeking compensation on behalf of our clients. In any motorcycle accident case, information is power. The insurance company has this information because they have technology that helps them know the value of your claim. We make sure that our clients are similarly informed and are not at a disadvantage to the insurance company in any settlement negotiation.
Centennial Motorcycle Accident FAQs
Do I need to pay anything out of pocket for an attorney?
No. Varner Faddis works for personal injury clients on a contingency basis. What must happen for us to receive payment is that you must win your motorcycle accident case. Winning means getting a settlement check or having the jury rule in your favor. When that happens, we receive payment from the proceeds of your case. We will not ask you to write us a check for our services.
How long will my motorcycle accident case take?
It is impossible to predict how long it will take at the outset of your case. We prepare our clients by telling them that the legal process can take time and that they should take as much time as necessary to get the full compensation that they deserve. Insurance companies and courts do not move quickly, although you may need the money today.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit for my injuries?
In Colorado, the statute of limitations in personal injury cases is three years from the time of injury or when you should have known that you were injured. Courts will not give you any flexibility or leeway – if you miss the deadline by a day, you lose the ability to file a lawsuit. In reality, you will not wait this long to begin the legal process and will have started it far before the deadline.
Never wait to get started with the legal process. Consult with our team so we can assess your rights and begin standing up for you.
Contact Our Centennial Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident, one of the most important things you can do is contact a lawyer immediately. Do not worry if you are not in the physical condition to come into the office. We can come to you and do everything to help you get the legal help you need. Call Varner Faddis today at (720) 770-8335 or contact us online to receive your free initial consultation to discuss your case.
6025 South Quebec St.
Centennial, CO 80111