Denver Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Cycling is a popular aerobic activity that improves your respiratory and cardiovascular health. Riding a bicycle is also an affordable and environmentally-friendly way to commute to work. Because of these benefits, the number of bicycle users on the road increases every year.

When motor vehicles and bicycles share the road, however, accidents are inevitable. Bicycle accident injuries typically include broken bones and soft-tissue damage. But, severe injuries may also include traumatic brain injuries.

Man injured in a bike accident
If you suffer an injury in a bicycle accident, it can result in a wide range of life-changing consequences, including:

• Long-term pain and suffering
• Long-term or permanent disability
• Inability to work and earn an income
• Inability to take care of dependents, such as children

Because the consequences of a bicycle accident can be far-reaching, you have to know the rights and the options you have as legal recourse. Keep reading to learn more about the legal aspects surrounding bicycle accidents and how Bell & Pollock P.C. can help you file a successful compensation claim in court.

Denver Bicycle Accident Statistics

Because of the increase in bicycle road users, the city of Denver is continually building new bicycle paths and other infrastructure to accommodate them. Despite this, there are around 270 bicycle accidents in Denver per year, with more than half of them resulting in injury. The casualty figures in the city are also high, at 61 in 2018 and 62 in 2019.

Bicycles Are Motorists & Have to Follow the Law

Bicycles don’t have the same features as motor vehicles in terms of mass and momentum, and a bike is more maneuverable than a car with a shorter stopping distance requirement. Additionally, neither a biker nor a bicycle has to meet the same legal prerequisites before using a public road.

However, the law regards both bicycles and cars as vehicles on the road, and cyclists and motorists have the same rights and obligations, despite the significant differences between a car and a bike. Cyclists may not have to be licensed to ride, but they still must adhere to the rules of the roads and can receive a ticket for committing a driving offense.

Colorado Bicycle Safety Act

When bicycling in Colorado, you need to know your legal rights, as well as your duties. The Colorado Bicycle Safety Act deals with the safe interaction of bicycles with other vehicles on the road.

According to the sections of this act:

• The safe passing distance between a car and a bicycle is three feet.
• Cyclists can ride side-by-side but have to move to a single file when a vehicle approaches them.
• Cyclists can ride as far right in the right lane as they want, provided that it is safe.
• Cyclists can ride to the far-left or far-right in a one-way street to allow for safe turning without crossing lanes of traffic.
• Motorists may not threaten, crowd, swerve at, or throw missiles at cyclists.

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Common Bicycle Accident Questions

Can I Be at Fault if I’m in an Accident Riding a Bicycle?

Yes, you can be at fault for a bicycle accident. When riding your bicycle on the street, the law regards you to have the same rights and responsibilities as someone who is in control of a vehicle.

As a cyclist using the road, you must keep right, yield to pedestrians, and follow the flow of the traffic. If you violate any law on road safety or negligently ride your bicycle, you may be liable for an accident that resulted from the negligence.

What Should I Do if I am in a Bicycle Accident?

If you were in a bicycle accident, you should seek immediate medical attention, even if you feel fine. Serious issues can present themselves a few days or weeks after the accident. Call an ambulance or ask a bystander to call one if you are unable to do so.

When medical help is on the way, call the police and ask the other party who was involved in the accident for their details and insurance information. You should also ask any witnesses for their contact details.

Take photographs of the scene, other vehicles involved, and any visible injuries you may have. If there is damage to your clothes or your bicycle, keep them as evidence.

Who Do I Receive Compensation From?

If the accident was the result of another party’s negligence, it might be possible to recover damages from them. Individuals or entities you may receive compensation from include:

• Drivers of motor vehicles, such as a car or truck, provided that their negligence resulted in the accident
• A negligent manufacturer or repairer of a vehicle or bicycle component provided that a component defect caused the accident
• The government body responsible for road maintenance, if a road hazard, such as a pothole caused the accident
• A private property owner, if their negligence in their capacity as the property owner, caused the accident—for example, if a tree standing on the property fell on the road, and the property owner failed to remove it to ensure safe road conditions

I was in an Accident but Wasn’t Wearing a Helmet. Can I Still Seek Damages?

Wearing a bicycle helmet is the most effective way to prevent a head injury when you are involved in a bicycle accident. Despite the safety advantages of a helmet, there are no federal laws that require the use of a helmet. There are also no local or state laws that require the use of headgear in Colorado.

Because you can legally ride a bicycle without a helmet, it is not a requirement for seeking damages.

How Much Space Does a Car Have to Give Me When Passing?

When a motorist passes you in a car, they have to give you at least three feet of space to their right. Protruding components, such as mirrors, should also be at least three feet from you, and the vehicle may not move back to the right if it is not entirely clear of you.

Contact Bell & Pollock P.C.

Bell & Pollock P.C. is a leading injury and accident law firm in Denver, Colorado, with an excellent track record. If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, we can help you file a successful claim for damages. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.

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Case Results

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CASE: Client was injured by a drunk driver. As a result of the motor vehicle accident, client was rendered a quadriplegic and needed a life care plan.
Outcome: $9,600,000

CASE: Against Insurance company for failure to pay for property damage after a gas and fire explosion.
Outcome: $1,600,000

CASE: Medical malpractice for failure to diagnose a descending aorta aneurism, resulting in death.
Outcome: $1,300,000

CASE: Neck and back injuries from car accident. Client had ongoing symptoms and needed injections for attempted remediation of pain.
Settled for $485,000

CASE: Client was injured in a 2 vehicle collision. She suffered a traumatic brain injury, concussion and multiple injuries to the neck.
Outcome: $6,000,000

CASE: Client was in her car and was T-Boned by a commercial vehicle. Her cerebral spinal fluid leaked and she suffered a concussion and traumatic brain injury with neck and lumbar (low back) injuries. Her neck injury caused radiating pain, numbness and tingling in her arms.
Outcome: $3,400,000

CASE: Client was driving on a rural road when another car crossed the center line and caused a head-on collision in the snow and ice. Client did physical work for a living. Both knees were injured, along with a neck injury.
Outcome: $2,300,000

CASE: Client was driving on South Parker road when another vehicle rapidly changed lanes and rear-ended the client. That vehicle was cited for careless driving. The collision caused a concussion with traumatic brain Injury. Client missed time from work and had a positive correlation between brain scan and neuropsychological test results.
Outcome: $950,000

CASE: Client was rear ended by a dump truck, was then knocked forward and hit another vehicle. Client had a concussion with traumatic brain injury. Client underwent a brain scan which showed hypoperfusion, correlated with her concussion symptoms. Client suffered neck injuries and injuries to her low back.
Outcome: $650,000

CASE: Client was rear-ended. The mechanism of injury from the forces in the collision caused her neck injury and at the same time, damaged her organs inside her throat. Client had swallowing and choking issues.
Outcome: $1,250,000

CASE: Client was in a motor vehicle accident. Both injections in the neck rendered some temporary relief. The Injections were transforaminal epidural steroid injections. Surgery was recommended on the lumbar (low back). The low back was injured by the forces in the collisions.
Outcome: $933,000

CASE: The client was driving in her car and was rear-ended thereby causing injuries to her lower back and neck. Client also suffered a concussion. Client had to undergo facet injections multiple times, through multiple procedures. Client also had cognitive issues which required cognitive training and therapy.
Outcome: $400,000

CASE: Client was entering a highway from an on ramp and was rear-ended by a commercial van. Client tested positive for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and failed conservative treatment. Client underwent thoracic outlet syndrome surgey, which involved removal of the first rib to attempt to relieve pressure in the thoracic outlet. Client also suffered a back injury.
Outcome: $750,000

CASE: Client was injured by a drunk driver, who crossed the center line of the road. Client underwent multiple surgeries and could not work. Client was late 40s and needed a modified life care plan.
Outcome: $750,000

CASE: Client was rear ended by a tow truck driver who was a diabetic. The diabetic at fault party was a non-compliant diabetic and claimed he had a syncope episode, and was “blacked out”. Client had a preexisting back condition known and the forces from the collision aggravated, or made worse, the preexisting back condition in addition to, causing neck injuries.
Outcome: $350,000

CASE: Client was a passenger in a car where the driver fell asleep on a country road in the early morning hours. The car rolled multiple times. Client had eye injuries, facial injuries and neck and knee injuries.
Outcome: $850,000

CASE: Client was on the job, driving her own car, when she was rear-ended. She suffered a concussion with traumatic brain injury and pursued Workers Compensation Claim.
Outcome: $150,000

CASE: Client slipped and fell on snow and ice in Central City. He suffered back injuries, that did not require injections.
Outcome: $125,000

CASE: Client slipped and fell on snow and ice on a sidewalk in front of a business. She had to have knee surgery and multiple injections in her back.
Outcome: $175,000

CASE: Client was visiting a friend who was renting a house. Client tripped on untreated, dangerous section of deck and injured his back.
Outcome: $150,000

CASE:Client was rear ended and needed fusion spinal surgery. Insurance proceeds were limited.
Outcome: $125,000

CASE:Client was rear-ended and had to have rotator cuff surgery. Insurance proceeds were limited.
Settled for $65,000

CASE:Client was at Denver International Aiport traveling through Denver, slipped and fell and broke her ankle.
Settled for $118,750

CASE:Client was exposed to mold in a multi-family dwelling that was caused by leaking water.
Settled for $125,000

CASE:Motorcycle accident, reconstructive surgery, post-traumatic stress disorder, neurological injuries
Settled for $1,275,000

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