Grand Junction Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Did a Car Collide with Your Bike on the Western Slope? Call Us.
Bicyclists take the brunt of the pain when they go up against 4,000-pound cars. Whether you were hit by a distracted driver, an aggressive driver, or a driver who just made an honest mistake, you should file a claim against that driver’s insurance company to get the money you need for your injuries, lost time at work, and other collision-related expenses.
That doesn’t mean the insurance company will want to give it to you. In fact, they may try to prove you were the cause of the accident. Let’s be clear—in Colorado, even if you, the bicyclist, made a wrong move, you can still recover money from the other party. It’s a legal concept called “contributory negligence,” and it says that as long as you were less at fault than the other guy, you can recover money, but less money than if you were 100% blameless.
The best way to maximize your recovery? Working with a no-nonsense Grand Junction car accident lawyer. At Peters & Nolan, LLC, we’ve taken many bike accident cases all the way to trial to secure our clients’ future. We handle serious injury cases, and we do it very well. To request a free consultation, give us a call at (970) 243-4357.
It Doesn’t Take Much for a Bike Accident to Be Serious
If you live in Western Colorado, there’s a good chance you enjoy cycling. It’s one of the most popular recreational activities in our state, and more and more people are using it as a regular form of transportation. In fact, both Andrew J. Peters and Andrew J. Nolan are avid cyclists. So our team understand the risks, and the necessity of holding negligent drivers and bad faith insurance companies responsible following an accident.
According to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, about two people are killed every day in bike-car collisions in the United States. The costs associated with cycling injuries and deaths exceed more than $4 billion every year. Bicyclists shouldn’t be stuck paying it.
What Types of Accidents Are Common?
We see a lot of dooring on the Western Slope. This is when a cyclist in a bike lane or a regular lane, which runs alongside a parking lane, is struck by an opened car door that he didn’t have time to avoid. This can happen with no warning, and the cyclist may be going at full speed when he slams into the open door, leading to severe injuries and even fatalities.
Cycling Savvy says that dooring is responsible for anywhere from 12% to 27% of city car-bike collisions, meaning it is one of the leading causes of bicycle accidents involving cars. This is almost always the fault of the person who opened the door, as they should check to make sure it’s safe before doing so. But there may be other factors involved as well, including poor lane design. Putting a bike lane right next to a lane of parked cars is dangerous, and could rise to the level of negligence.
Mountain biking is a risky activity, so when accidents occur, it may seem like there’s no one to blame but bad luck. In fact, one of the contributing factors is faulty or defective equipment. If your tire pops or your brakes give out unexpectedly while going down a steep incline, it could send you out of control and result in serious injuries. In such cases, the manufacturer who designed or built the product, or the repair shop that was supposed to have repaired the bike, could be at fault.
What Options Do Victims Have?
Bicycles crash for different reasons, whether it’s due to a driver making an illegal turn or failing to yield, a suddenly opening door, or some other risky driving behavior. Unfortunately, when it comes time to pay up, insurance companies will do everything they can to limit the amount.
There’s a good chance you will feel a lot of pressure to agree to a settlement right away. You could be hospitalized or trying to recover at home, and the last thing you want to worry about is insurance settlements or going to court. It may even seem fair. But until the recovery process has fully played out, you won’t know how much your medical expenses will be, and you may find that what seemed like a fair settlement is short of what you need.
If you have been injured in an accident, the best thing you can do is hire an experienced Grand Junction bicycle lawyer who understands what you’re going through. The team at Peters & Nolan, LLC, is ready to help you.
Contact one of our friendly and knowledgeable representatives today at (970) 243-4357 to schedule a free consultation.
- Information for Bicyclists - Colorado Department of Transportation
- Safety Tips for Bicyclists
- Bicycle Safety - CDC
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.