Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Aurora, Colorado
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, there were 22 bicycle fatalities in 2018. As expected, when a traffic crash occurs between a bicyclist and a motorist, the cyclist usually sustains the most injuries. If you or a loved one were hurt in a bicycle accident, it is crucial to consult with a knowledgeable Colorado personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
Our attorneys at Gama Law Firm can assess your unique situation and offer detailed guidance and options for recovering damages for your injuries. We will fight passionately to protect your rights and help you pursue fair financial compensation to cover medical costs, future medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering, or loss. Gama Law Firm proudly serves clients in Aurora, Denver, Parker, Centennial, and Castle Pines, Colorado.
Personal Injury Claim
A personal injury occurs when someone's body, emotions, or mind, are injured due to another party's negligence, recklessness, or wrongful conduct. In Colorado, personal injury laws are established to ensure that the injured party is rightfully compensated for any injury or damages sustained from the accident.
Right to Fair Compensation
A person injured as a result of another party's negligence is entitled to recover fair compensation for the injuries and damages they suffer in their personal injury case. Fair compensation includes medical expenses, lost wages, reduced earning ability, probable future medical treatment, pain and suffering.
Colorado Laws Affecting Bicycle Riders
In Colorado, there are several laws and rules of the road that bicyclists should follow to ensure safe cycling. These include:
Bicyclists are considered as motorists and must adhere strictly to all applicable laws
Bicyclists shall be treated as pedestrians when crossing through a crosswalk
Bicyclists shall travel using the far right lane and stay close to the curb
Bicyclists shall indicate their intent to make a turn by using hand signals
Bicyclists can use other lanes to avoid hazards or overtake vehicles
Bicyclists shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in a crosswalk
Just like motorists, bicyclists are expected to exercise a duty of care and follow the rules of the road.
What to Do After an Accident
The moments after being involved in an accident can be confusing to sort through. However, it is important to remain calm and not let your emotions take control. Following the accident, it’s important to:
Exit your bicycle and get to safety
Call the police or law enforcement agency
Get immediate medical assistance for your injuries
Collect necessary information or documentation such as the driver's phone number, the driver's license, police report, accident scene photos, witness statements, and medical report
Hire legal counsel to help you file an insurance claim or represent you in your personal injury lawsuit
What you do, or don’t do, can impact your personal injury claim. The sooner these steps are taken the easier it will be to obtain the necessary information.
Modified Comparative Fault in Colorado
Colorado uses a modified form of comparative negligence, which reduces a victim's ability to recover damages if found partially at fault for their injuries. Since Colorado falls into the 50 percent bar rule, the injured party will only be able to recover damages if found to be less than 50 percent responsible for the accident.
If a victim is less than 50 percent responsible for the accident, reduced compensation will be awarded to the victim depending on their fault percentage. For example, if the injured party is determined to be 20 percent responsible for the accident then what would have been a $10,000 settlement, would be reduced to $8,000.
Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage
The Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage covers accident victims even if they're not driving. If the at-fault party doesn't have enough coverage on their policy, you can make a claim with your own UM coverage.
Statute of Limitations
In Colorado, all personal injury claims must be filed within three years from the date the accident occurred.
Hiring a Colorado Personal Injury Attorney
Being involved in a bicycle accident can be a devastating experience, especially when it results in an injury or fatality. Regardless, you don't have to go through it alone. Hiring a knowledgeable Colorado attorney immediately is important to protect your rights and for proper guidance.
With more than 60 years of combined experience in personal injury cases, our attorneys at Gama Law Firm possess the required experience and expertise to help you fight to protect your rights. As your legal counsel, we can help:
Fight to represent your best interest
Review your case and carry out a comprehensive investigation
Gather all necessary information, pieces of evidence, police report, and other required documentation
Establish fault and determine case-value
Negotiate a fair financial settlement with the insurance company
Represent you in your personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit
Our attorneys will fight compassionately to protect your rights and attempt to recover deserved compensation for your injuries and damages. We will ensure that the right people are held responsible.
Bicycle Accident Attorneys
In Aurora, Colorado
If you were hurt in a negligent bicycle accident and need guidance in filing an injury claim, call Gama Law Firm today for a free one-on-one consultation. Our attorneys will review your case and determine how best to proceed with your injury claims. We will fight vigorously to protect your rights and help you pursue your rightful compensation. We proudly represent personal injury victims throughout Aurora, Denver, Parker, Centennial, and Castle Pines, Colorado.