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The Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Colorado

Motorcycle accidents often leave drivers facing severe injuries and rising bills for property damage. There are many causes to consider, but negligence or dangerous behavior is surprisingly common. The motorcycle accident lawyers from Bell & Pollock go into more detail below.

Negligence Causes Motorcycle Accidents

Drivers who operate their vehicles negligently often cause severe motorcycle accidents. Negligent actions are careless or illegal in many cases, and common infringements include a tendency to:

  • Run a red light
  • Ignore stop signs
  • Exceed the speed limit
  • Drive too fast for the prevailing weather conditions
  • Drive the wrong direction down one-way roads
  • Tailgate
  • Weave between lanes

In Colorado, these actions could represent negligence if there is an accident with another vehicle or a pedestrian.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

When drivers decide to climb behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or using drugs, they break the law. In Colorado, there are harsh penalties for putting other drivers at risk this way. Alcohol directly impacts a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle safely, including:

  • Slower reaction times
  • Poor distance judgment
  • Balance issues

Motorcycle accidents are more likely with intoxication. If there has been a collision with a drunk driver, contact reputable teams like Bell & Pollock to explore the options for a personal injury insurance claim.

Hazards in the Road

Not all motorcycle accidents happen through the negligence of other drivers. Hazards commonly cause a collision, especially where there is snow or ice on the roads. Drivers could also be injured in a motorcycle accident after encountering potholes or similar damage, where the obstruction causes a motorcyclist to lose control of the vehicle.

Due to possible hazards on the road, Colorado advises all motorcycle riders to wear motorcycle helmets for an additional layer of protection. It is the safest piece of equipment to use while operating a motorcycle on the open road, especially in poor weather conditions.

Inexperience Causes Accidents

Motorcycle accidents frequently occur due to motorcyclist inexperience. Legally, all operators must receive a specific license, which requires motorcycle drivers to pass a special test and complete a training program. However, training is inadequate to prepare new drivers for every possible challenge.

For example, driving on the highway for the first time represents a significant challenge for many new riders. It takes practice and experience to operate a motorcycle safely in Colorado year-round.

Motorcycle Defects and Accidents

Accidents also occur through no fault of the driver, like where motorcycle manufacturers produce defective vehicles. Defects in design or manufacture could compromise important safety aspects, like braking or steering. If there is an accident, a law firm like Bell & Pollock could help prepare a liability claim that may make your recovery easier.

Learn More About Motorcycle Accidents with Bell & Pollock

Do you want legal information about how to approach motorcycle accidents in Denver, CO? Reach out to Bell & Pollock at 720-613-6687 to discuss the details of your case.

Now a Word from Gary Bell

Auto Talk

By Gary Bell of Bell & Pollock Injury Attorneys

You’re traveling on the interstate at a high rate of speed when suddenly something unexpected appears in the roadway that doesn’t belong. You have only moments to react and avoid a crash. Hitting the item could cause you to lose control. Swerve too quickly and you might end up in a ditch, or worse.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, debris in the roadway was a factor in more than 200,000 crashes between 2011 and 2014. Of those crashes, approximately 39,000 resulted in injuries and 500 resulted in death. Accidents where drivers swerved to avoid debris resulted in 37% of the debris-related crashes causing fatalities. Crashes caused by debris are four times more likely to occur on interstate highways where high speeds can easily dislodge cargo and the open road can lead to driver complacency.

Man-made roadway debris includes pieces from vehicles, unsecured cargo, or detached trailers. Therefore, it is imperative that before you get behind the wheel, you make sure your vehicle is safe to drive and safe for those you share the road with. Routine maintenance can identify mufflers or other hardware attached to your vehicle that can rust out, drag on the ground, dislodge, and turn into hazardous roadway debris. If you’re towing or hauling materials, it is important to double check that your load is secure. That includes using ropes and harnesses, tying large items directly to the truck or trailer, and making sure that you haven’t over-loaded the truck bed or trailer.

Often, drivers who leave debris either do it unknowingly or are unable/unwilling to retrieve it so when you’re on the road it’s critical that you pay attention and drive defensively. The AAA Foundation recommends constantly scanning the road at least 12-15 seconds ahead for debris and other vehicles so you have time to react and safely get over.

You can protect yourself by carrying an adequate amount of “uninsured motorist coverage” and “med pay” with your auto insurance in case you suffer an injury caused by roadway debris. If you’ve been injured by roadway debris, contact the Law Firm of Bell & Pollock to establish your Legal Game Plan.™

If you’ve been injured by the carelessness of another or by the negligence of an intoxicated driver, contact one of our experienced lawyers at the Law Firm of Bell & Pollock to go over your options and establish a Legal Game Plan.™

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If you have any questions about the topics discussed in today’s newsletter, or questions on other legal issues, give our office a call and one of our attorneys would be happy to talk with you.

More Information

Get more information about your rights and options following an accident by checking out one of our helpful BOOKS: THEY ARE FREE.

  • Don’t Get Hurt Twice in the Same Accident – This enlightening guide dispels some of the most common (and harmful) myths about car crashes, insurance companies, attorneys, and financial recoveries.
  • The Essential Guide to Car Insurance in Colorado – This guide helps all drivers better understand car insurance. If you’ve ever had a question about a claim, dispute or car insurance in general, this is a must-read.
  • Cowards of the Street: Hit & Run – This book uncovers the facts about hit and runs and how to financially recover from these crashes. It also shares about what you can do to protect yourself before and after a hit and run accident occurs.
  • Colorado’s Workers’ Compensation: The Ultimate Guide – This insightful book reveals everything you need to know in order to protect your rights as a worker – and to position a Colorado workers’ compensation claim for success.
  • Legal Game Plan – This educational book helps you better understand insurance company’s hidden game plan…and come up with one on your own!
  • Motorcycle Accidents (or How to Go Full Throttle Against the Insurance Companies) – This informative read will help motorcyclists come up with a plan of action to combat the insurance agencies. If you ride a motorcycle, you need this book.
  • 18 Mistakes You Could Make to Destroy Your Injury Claim – Found within is a precise guide regarding a trove of detailed mistakes one should avoid when pursuing a successful resolution to ones case. This work helps answer questions and details advice to protect oneself from common pitfalls and perils associated with a compensation claim.
  • Distracted Driving and Your Injury Claim  This comprehensive work assists all drivers in understanding the dangers of distracted driving and its relationship to your injury claim.
  • Premises Liability (Landowner Responsibility and Injury Recovery) – This definitive piece renders the details behind the history of the Premises Liability Law in Colorado and highlights examples of responsibility which further offers a practical guide for injured victims.

Call our office to request copies of our books. THEY ARE FREE. You can also request a copy of any (or all) of these books on our website. You can download a free electronic copy anytime. And be sure to tune in to our weekly radio show to learn more about a variety of legal topics.

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The better educated you are, the better off you’ll be.

Remember, Bell & Pollock airs specialty “injury shows” for injured victims on the following stations, at the following times and days:

  • KBCR 96.9 FM at 8:00 am on Sundays
  • The Boat 1230 AM at 9:00 am on Sundays
  • KEZZ 94.1 FM at 9:00 am on Sundays
  • ESPN 98.9 FM at 8:30 am on Sundays
  • KRDO 105.5 FM at 8:30 am on Sundays
  • KRAI 93.7 FM at 7:00 am on Sundays
  • KRDO 120 AM 105 AM at 8:30 am on Sunday
  • Saturday Specialty Injury Show – The “Champions of the People” Injury show. Denver 60-minute Injury Show: KOA 850 AM at 10 AM, KRDO 1240 AM 105 FM in Colorado Springs at 11:00 AM, KRAI 55 AM in Craig at 8 AM and KBCR 96.9 FM in Steamboat Springs at 8:00 AM.

Bell & Pollock also has a live call-in show on Saturday morning on 630 AM KHOW and on KRDO 1240 AM 105 FM in Colorado Springs and on KEZZ 94.1 FM in Steamboat Springs, and on KRAI 55.0 AM in Craig, Colorado. The show starts at 7:00 AM every Saturday morning.

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For the ninth consecutive year in a row, Bell & Pollock, P.C. has received an award from the Colorado Supreme Court with regard to its pro-bono representation of people in the community. This means that Bell & Pollock, P.C. has dedicated and devoted substantial time each year to helping people with legal work on a pro-bono basis.

Bell & Pollock, P.C. is very pleased with this award and has dedicated a large effort to helping people in the community. Remember that Gary Bell and Brad Pollock do a live call-in radio show at 7:00 am on 630 KHOW AM dial in Denver and it also airs on KRDO 1240 AM 105 FM in Colorado Springs, KRAI 55 AM in Craig and KEZZ 94.1 FM in Steamboat Springs.

It is a call-in show, and people can call in and ask any legal question on any legal subject. Gary Bell and Brad Pollock have been doing this for years and very much enjoy the interchange with the community and helping people who are seeking some form of legal help and answers to their questions.

The Bell Pollock Legal Show! You might want to tune in. Some of the questions and answers are eye opening!

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Here’s Gary Bell & Brad Pollock receiving one of their awards from the Colorado Supreme Court.

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Now for the Fun Stuff!

Mr. Potato Cook

Antonio’s Gourmet Corner:

Strawberry Stuffed French Toast

Ingredients

  • Eggs: 4 large eggs are beaten with half and half to create the egg mixture that soaks and softens the bread.
  • Half and half: Is ideal for the egg mixture but you can also use whole milk. Try to avoid skim milk if possible, it will deliver the least creamy French toast.
  • Cinnamon: Is a must or French toast! It adds a fabulous depth of flavor.
  • Vanilla: Is used in both the egg mixture and the cream cheese filling. Use quality extract for the best flavor.
  • For frying: Butter and a neutral oil such as vegetable oil are both used to fry the French toast to create the tantalizing buttery crust. The butter adds the flavor and the oil prevents the butter from burning.

The Filling

  • Cream cheese: Is the “cream” in the creamy filling! You’ll need one 8-ounce block that’s very soft so it mixes up smoothly.
  • Powdered sugar: Sweetens the filling. Don’t use granulated sugar or it will taste grainy.
  • Lemon juice: Brightens up the filling and compliments the strawberries.
  • Strawberries: 8 ounces, or 1 heaping cup for the filling. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but you’ll slice the strawberries thinly so the little becomes the perfect amount.
  • Granulated Sugar: Is mixed with the strawberries so they soften and release some of the juices.

Preparation

Step 1: Macerate the strawberries. We want to soften the sliced strawberries first so they become super sweet and juicy. To do this, simply add a few tablespoons to the sliced strawberries and stir to evenly coat. Set them aside to work their magic, preferably 10 minutes, while you make the cream cheese filling and egg mixture.

Step 2: Make the cream cheese filling. Add the cream cheese, sour cream, lemon juice, powdered sugar and vanilla extract to a large bowl. Beat with a hand-held mixer until smooth, scraping down the bowl as needed.

Step 3: Make egg mixture. Add the eggs, half and half, cinnamon and vanilla to a shallow dish like an 8×8 pan or cake pan. Whisk thoroughly until combined.

Step 4: Assemble: Spread a thick layer of cream cheese filling on one side of sliced bread, leaving ¼-inch border all around. Arrange strawberries in an even layer on top of the cream cheese. Spread another layer of cream cheese on a new slice of bread and place it on top of the strawberries (cream cheese side down) to form a sandwich. Repeat to make 5-6 sandwiches total.

Step 5: Batter: Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat along with a drizzle of vegetable oil. Dip one sandwich into the egg mixture and turn to evenly coat then transfer to the skillet. Repeat with a second sandwich.

Step 6: Pan fry: Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown and crispy on each side. Repeat with remaining sandwiches. Serve warm!

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BELL & POLLOCK’S LEGAL TIP OF THE DAY

Riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating and cost-effective way to get around. It can also be very risky, as riders are about 35 times more likely than those in passenger vehicles to be injured in a collision each time they get on the road.

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Don’t delay your recovery for a second longer – and don’t be misguided into thinking that you have to go through the process alone. Our attorneys are here, ready to help – and you won’t have to pay us anything until (or unless) there is a recovery in your case.

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