Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorney
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.1
When motorcycle accidents happen, the results can be devastating for riders due to:
- The lack of a surrounding structure to absorb the impact – This usually ends up meaning that a significant portion of the force caused by a collision is imparted to riders’ bodies, rather than a vehicle structure.
- The vast weight discrepancy between passenger vehicles and motorcycles – While the average motorcycle weighs between 400 lbs. to 1,000 lbs., the average passenger vehicle weighs about 4,000 pounds – between 4 and 10 times what a motorcycle weighs. This means that even low-speed collisions can cause substantial damage to riders.
At Bell & Pollock, P.C., our lawyers are dedicated to representing injured riders and helping them succeed in their financial recovery. While we can help riders identify all liable parties after an accident, they can also help riders protect their rights, stand up to insurance companies and secure the full amount of compensation they deserve for their injuries and losses.
Motorcycle Accidents & Negligence: The Causes
Accidents can happen anytime, anywhere. When any motorists on the road, however, are less than sober, attentive and responsible, accidents are far more likely to occur.
Some of the specific forms of negligence that commonly contribute to accidents include:
- The negligence of other drivers – When other motorists on the road are distracted, drunk, fatigued or just plain reckless, they are far less likely to see and yield to riders, increasing the possibility of a wreck.
- The negligence of riders – Riders themselves can also contribute to motorcycle accidents when they are intoxicated, distracted or otherwise negligent when riding. If, however, some other party was equally or more negligent than a rider, riders may still be entitled to compensation after accidents.
- The negligence of manufacturers – Tragically, motorcycles themselves may not be as safe as riders would like to believe. In fact, when manufacturer negligence is a factor, defective motorcycle equipment (like the brakes, for instance) can also contribute to accidents.
- Other forms of negligence – The negligence that leads to crashes can also come in other forms. For instance, when a city or county that is responsible for building/maintaining safe roads fails to do so (leading to insufficient signage, excessive potholes, etc.), this too can lead to motorcycle crash.
Such forms of negligence can end up causing riders to suffer any number of serious injuries, including (but not limited to):
- Head and brain injuries – particularly if riders were not wearing helmets prior to the collision
- Neck, back and/or spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Loss of limb
- Burn injuries
- Fatal injuries.
What to Do after an Accident
- Call police if you are able to.
- See a doctor and get the medical attention you may need.
- Exchange information with other involved motorists.
- Take photos of the damage.
- Contact your insurance company to report the collision.
- Call the trusted Denver motorcycle accident lawyers at Bell & Pollock to ensure your rights and interests are protected moving forward.
Contact the Experienced Attorneys at Bell & Pollock, P.C.
If you have been injured in a accident or if you have lost a loved one in a fatal motorcycle accident, you can turn to Bell & Pollock, P.C. for experienced help with your financial recovery. At Bell & Pollock, we are proud to be champions of the people, providing victims of negligence with superior legal representation to help them obtain the full amount of compensation they deserve.
To find out more about how we can help you, call us at (303) 795-5900 or email our firm using the contact form on this page to schedule a free, no obligations initial consultation with one of our lawyers. During this meeting, you will receive clear, honest legal advice about your case, your rights and your best options for moving forward. This can help you make the best decision for you.
From our offices conveniently located in Denver, Greenwood Village, and Steamboat Springs, our lawyers provide the highest quality legal services to injured people throughout the Denver metro area, Arapahoe County, Routt County and the state of Colorado.
1: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration