Recreational Accident Lawyer in Colorado Committed to Helping Injury Victims

Our Denver recreational accident lawyers know how a serious outdoor accident can change a person’s life forever. An injury can quickly lead to skyrocketing medical bills, significant loss of income as well as pain and suffering and other damages. You shouldn’t have to face financial ruin because of someone else’s carelessness. Call (877) 744-5900 immediately if you were injured or a loved one was injured or killed in a recreational accident.

Just because you’re engaging in a recreational activity does not mean you should put your safety at risk. Companies that operate recreational facilities and activities have a responsibility to provide a safe, hazard-free environment for the public. That’s why premises liability laws exist. When they fail to do so, they need to be held responsible for their actions. Allow us to help you explore all your legal options.

The Rocky Mountains make Colorado one of the leading states for outdoor recreational activities. Unfortunately, thousands of people are injured in recreational accidents every year. Some of the most common recreational activities in Colorado include:

  • Hiking
  • Rafting
  • Boating
  • Water Skiing
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Riding ATVs
  • Organized sports

Boating Accidents in Colorado

People associate boating with good times. While most boating trips on a river, a reservoir or a lake in Colorado create positive memories for all involved, some people do become victims of serious boating accidents. In 2012, 64 boating accidents were reported. There were 36 injuries and nine fatalities that year, according to the Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

The top three causes of boat accidents:

  • Alcohol and/or drug use
  • Careless or reckless operation
  • Operator inexperience

The top three most common types of boating accidents:

  • Collision with a vessel
  • Flooding or swamping
  • Skier mishap

Colorado Boating Statutes and Regulations

Many accidents could be prevented if boaters were more knowledgeable. That’s why all boaters should be familiar with the state of Colorado’s boating statutes and regulations. The state has created many important rules and regulations for people to follow when they set out on a boating trip. There are also consequences for violating the rules.

Alcohol and/or drug use

Just like driving a car while drunk is illegal, it’s against the law to operate a boat while under the influence. Boaters can be found guilty of a misdemeanor for operating with a blood alcohol content of greater than .08 percent. If you plan to go boating, make sure there is a designated sober operated.

Careless operation of a boat

You must operate your boat in a safe manner. Accidents can happen when a boat is moving at excessive speed or the boater is weaving through vessel traffic. How fast is too fast? The state’s boating statutes and regulations state that following:

“Operating at such a speed and proximity to another vessel so as to require the operator of either vessel to abruptly swerve or to abruptly cut speed in order to avoid collision.”

If you are found to be operating a boat in a reckless manner, you may be found guilty of a misdemeanor.

Operator inexperience

Operator inexperience is linked to more than 60 percent of all accidents. These accidents involve boaters with less than 10 hours of experience with their vessel. Of course, every boater starts out as an inexperienced boater, but you can reduce your risk of accident by enrolling in a boating safety course. You also can operate your boat with someone more experience until you feel confident enough to handle any situation while on the water.

Any number of factors might contribute to a boating or personal watercraft accident. The following are some of other types of accidents or causes of accidents on Colorado waterways:

  • Collisions with recreational boats
  • Crashing into the dock
  • Water skier injured by propellers
  • Passenger fell overboard
  • Defective boat or jet ski
  • Malfunctioning life vests
  • Not enough life jackets
  • Faulty radio or emergency flares
  • Drunk or reckless passengers
  • Leaky boat capsized
  • Slamming into wakes too hard
  • No lifesaver buoys on board

“How can a Colorado recreational accident attorney help me?”

Many people think that signing a waiver of liability prevents them from seeking full and fair financial recovery in the event of an injury. That’s not always true. Recreational companies and organizers of events have a responsibility to provide a safe environment. This includes providing the right safety equipment, properly maintaining their facilities, providing a reasonably safe environment for participants and other similar measures.

Over the years, Bell & Pollock, P.C. has successfully helped thousands of injured people recover compensation for injuries and financial losses suffered in recreational accidents throughout the state. Our law firm started in the Denver area and now has an additional office in Steamboat Springs to serve injury victims in Colorado’s mountain ski communities. Our attorneys can meet with you anywhere, including your vacation residence or hospital room, to find out how your catastrophic injury has affected you and your family. Please contact our Steamboat Springs and Denver recreational accident lawyers to find out how we can help you.

Offices in Steamboat Springs and Denver serving Colorado skiers, hikers & more

Getting people the money they rightfully deserve after a recreational accident is not always easy. That’s why some law firms avoid taking on difficult cases. We see things differently. We believe the people facing the toughest legal challenges deserve our help even more. We have successfully won countless cases over the years, and we’re proud to put our knowledge and experience to work for you.

Each legal case presents its own unique challenges. Sometimes, insurance companies are uncooperative. Other times, the company that owns the recreational facility or organized your event tries to point the finger at you, claiming you did something to cause your injury.

Contact Us

Call a trusted attorney at Bell & Pollock, P.C. at (303) 795-5900 to get on the road to recovery now. You can also email our firm via the contact firm on this page.

As proud champions of the people, our lawyers are ready to answer your questions, explain the law and your rights, and help you take whatever steps necessary to recover the compensation you’re entitled to. With us in your corner, you can be confident that you have the legal support and representation necessary to successfully resolve your claim.

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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Case Results


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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