Because motorcyclists do not have the advantage of being in an enclosed vehicle, motorcyclists are more likely to suffer severe injury or death in a crash. The statistics in Colorado are –alarming — nearly 1 in 5 traffic deaths in 2011 were motorcycle riders.
Motorcyclists are more injury prone than automobile drivers
Motorcyclists face a greater risk of harm than car and truck drivers, due primarily to:
- The low vehicle weight of motorcycles
- The limited visibility of motorcycles as compared to cars and trucks
- A greater risk that the injured motorcyclist may be thrown from the bike during the accident
- An enhanced risk that a thrown motorcyclist may be hit by other cars
Even in a seemingly minor accident, it is crucial to obtain a prompt, thorough medical examination and to make sure that a police report is filed. The next step is to gather evidence, such as:
- Accident and police reports
- Vehicle photographs
- Pictures of road conditions
- Medical records
- Insurance statements
- Witness accounts of the accident
During the course of the lawsuit, you need to compile evidence to counter the other party’s claims that you or your injured family member contributed to the accident and/or were partially responsible for the other party’s own injuries. Showing that the injured motorcyclist wore a helmet and other protective gear, obeyed the speed limit, drove a well-maintained bike and exercised caution with respect to road conditions is always beneficial in these cases.
If you or a family member is injured in a motorcycle accident in Colorado, contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. Bell & Pollock, P.C. has more than 20 years of experience providing effective, compassionate support for injured Colorado motorcycle accident victims.