Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Denver
Motorcyclists like to enjoy the Colorado weather and scenery on the open road during a great day for riding. When another driver is careless or reckless, that day can turn nasty in a hurry. Motorcycle accidents can cause severe injuries and even death. Drivers often fail to uphold the legal duties they owe to motorcyclists on the road.
If a motorcycle accident injured you or a loved one, the attorneys at Varner Faddis Elite Legal LLC can investigate your accident to determine if you deserve financial compensation. Call us today to begin the legal process. We have a track record of getting results for our clients.
Consider the following case results we have achieved for motor vehicle:
We have obtained results of over $1 million for personal injury clients, and we are ready to put our experiences and resources to work for you.
Motorcycle Ownership Is Popular in Colorado
Colorado ranks in the upper third of the country in terms of motorcycle ownership. One in every 29 people in the state owns a registered motorcycle. The Denver area, and the state in general, has some breathtaking scenery that motorcyclists enjoy. Even though it occasionally snows in Colorado, motorcyclists can enjoy the roads almost year-round.
However, there are several problem spots for motorcyclists in the Denver area. There are even more registered motorcycles in the surrounding areas, such as Jefferson County. Motorcyclists especially like to travel in the corridor north of Denver, to places like Boulder and Greeley.
Recent Severe Accidents in the Denver Area
In just one year, over 2,000 motorcycle accidents took place in Colorado. One hundred three people died in these crashes. Ninety-nine of those motorcycle accident fatalities were bikers, while four were passengers on the bike.
Motorcycle Fatality Rates Are Increasing
Motorcycle accident statistics often focus solely on fatalities. Nationwide, roughly 5 percent of people die in motorcycle crashes. However, the fatality rate per mile traveled has increased as drivers have become more reckless. The trend was evidenced by rising motorcycle accident fatalities in the face of the pandemic.
Here are some reasons why fatal accidents are again increasing after having leveled off in the past:
- Drivers have gotten far more reckless, continuing dangerous habits that they picked up during the pandemic when there were fewer drivers on the road
- Motorists are driving distracted, ignoring strict state laws that prohibit the use of handheld devices while driving
- Roads throughout Colorado are in far worse shape than they were years ago, increasing the number of road hazards for motorcyclists
- An increasing number of large trucks on the roads make highways and streets far more dangerous for everyone
Motorcyclists Can Suffer Serious Injuries
Zeroing in only on the fatalities takes attention away from the large number of motorcyclists injured in accidents. The odds are far more likely than not that a biker will get hurt in a crash.
Statistics show that roughly three in every four motorcyclists suffer injuries in an accident. These injuries will often be severe. Approximately 25 percent of motorcyclists in Colorado suffered severe injuries in a crash. Even injuries determined to be less severe can have life-changing impacts and costs.
Unlike a motorist, there is no surrounding car to protect a motorcyclist, who may be hit directly by the vehicle and thrown to the ground.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Road rash
- Spinal cord injuries
- Crush injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Take Strong Legal Action When Someone Else Has Injured You
Although motorcyclists can slightly reduce their risks of being seriously injured or killed in an accident by being cautious and using safety equipment, they cannot control what other drivers do. Some motorists may be careless or reckless, putting their own needs in front of your safety. There is such a thing as being in the wrong place at the wrong time. However, the person who caused your injuries will not get away with it when you hire a lawyer to take legal action against them.
There are several potential defendants in a motorcycle accident lawsuit:
- Most often, injured motorcyclists will sue the driver involved in a collision with them.
- If poor road conditions were the cause of the crash, the biker can sue the state or county that was legally responsible for maintaining the roadways in reasonable conditions.
- The motorcyclists may sue the bike manufacturer when a product defect causes their accident.
One of the first things that your lawyer will do once you hire them is to perform a full investigation of the accident to see who may be responsible. You might sue more than one party for the crash, leading to perhaps a higher settlement amount.
You Must Prove Negligence to Win a Motorcycle Accident Case
Motorcycle accident cases use the same legal standard that you find in any personal injury cases. To receive financial compensation in a motorcycle accident case, you must prove that someone else was negligent.
Negligence does not mean just that an accident happened. The term has a precise legal meaning. Someone else must cause your injuries by doing something that an average driver will not have done under the circumstances. When someone else is in your vicinity on the road, they take on legal duties to you.
Every injured motorcyclist has the burden of proof to show that someone else was negligent. The good news is that you need to prove that your version of the accident was more likely than not to be true, unlike a criminal case where the prosecutor needs to demonstrate their case beyond a reasonable doubt.
The Financial Compensation for Your Injuries Can Be Significant
Assuming that you prove that someone else was to blame for your accident, you will be in a position to discuss financial compensation with the insurance company. When the insurance company makes you a settlement offer, there is not always cause for celebration. You will soon learn exactly how low that initial offer was if you have an attorney.
Do not worry at first. Insurance companies are known for trying to lowball claimants because they want to either catch them unaware of how much money they can get, or they want to wear their resolve.
Damages in Your Motorcycle Injury Case
You always have the right to negotiate with the insurance company. Nothing says that you even have to deal with the insurance company at all, especially when they are not serious about paying you what you deserve.
Motorcycle accidents often lead to larger settlements and awards than other personal injury cases. There is no unique scale for damages in motorcycle accidents – victims are injured more seriously than in different types of accidents, so they deserve more money.
Accident victims must receive compensation for all their damages, including:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If your family member has died in a motorcycle accident, Colorado law allows your family compensation for their damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Your Legal Options After a Motorcycle Accident Crash
In every motorcycle accident case, you have several ways of proceeding when you are seeking financial compensation:
- Many injured motorcyclists will file a claim with the responsible driver’s auto insurance (and then their own insurance company if the driver did not have enough coverage to pay for the damages)
- Some people will take their case directly to court to begin the lawsuit process (they can always settle the lawsuit in the future before the case reaches the jury).
Your lawyer will advise you on the best way to proceed, considering your situation and how the insurance company may act in your case. Many people prefer to avoid litigation if possible, but it is a necessary option in some cases. You must balance the time it will take to get your money and the amount of compensation that you can receive.
You Have a Legal Right to Compensation for Your Full Damages
Regardless of what method you choose, your legal goal should be the same in every case. You must recover every dollar that you can because you will need this money both now and in the future. The insurance company is standing in your way. Even if you file a lawsuit, you will still be dealing with the insurance company because they have a legal obligation to defend their policyholder in the event of a lawsuit.
The insurance company has many tactics that they use against injured motorcyclists. While your goal is to get top dollar for your claim, their goal is to pay as few dollars as possible. Motorcycle accident cases are a zero-sum game – anything that you get comes directly from the insurance company’s account.
Denver Motorcycle Accident FAQs
What if I was partially at fault for the accident?
The insurance company may blame you for your accident. In Colorado, you can recover financial compensation if your fault was not more significant than the defendants’ fault combined. You may have to defend your actions after the crash.
Even when someone else was to blame, it may feel like the insurance company is putting you on trial. We will push back hard when an insurance company unfairly points the finger at you because they want to cost you money.
What if I was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident?
Colorado law does not require motorcyclists over 18 to wear a helmet. If you have suffered an injury when not wearing a helmet, it will not prevent you from receiving financial compensation. Not wearing a helmet may reduce the size of your check if your injuries were worsened by not wearing a helmet. However, the insurance company may only try to reduce your settlement if you suffered a head injury.
Will my motorcycle accident case go to trial?
Most likely, you will never see the inside of a courtroom, even if you file a lawsuit in your case. The overwhelming majority of motorcycle accident cases will reach a settlement agreement. The only times that you will need to go to trial is if the insurance company denies your claim or they refuse to pay you anywhere close to what you deserve.
Both you and the insurance company have powerful motivations to reach a settlement agreement in your case. Even if it takes some time, the odds are that you will settle. However, you will need to negotiate intensively to get the right amount of money.
Call a Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorney
When every dollar counts for your family’s financial future, the stakes can not be higher. You need an experienced attorney on your side who will give you an edge in your case. At Varner Faddis, our cutting-edge technology and modern approach help us resolve our clients’ cases favorably. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us online or call us at (720) 770-8335 to schedule your free initial consultation. You owe us nothing unless we help you win your case.
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