Grand Junction Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
This Legal Team Knows Bikers
Motorcycle collisions are on the rise in Colorado. Being involved in an accident is a harrowing experience that can leave a biker with serious injuries, ranging from brain trauma to broken bones or even resulting in death. It can take months or years before a victim can work again, if ever. Your family and your financial future could suffer as well.
Finding the right motorcycle attorney is important; you need a lawyer who will make sure that you are compensated not only for your current medical bills, but for all future medical care as well. We offer a free consultation to anyone who is a victim of a motorcycle accident. Call Peters & Nolan, LLC, at (970) 243-4357 and let us show you why we are the right choice for you.
Colorado Motorcycle Laws
Colorado, with its breathtaking scenery and beautiful highways, is a popular destination for riding. But with rapid elevation changes, severe weather, and strong winds throughout the year, it can also be a dangerous place for vehicles. Because motorcyclists are exposed, they are at higher risk of severe injury during a minor collision, and other drivers must pay attention when sharing the road with motorcyclists.
In Colorado, motorcycles must adhere to traffic laws in the same manner as cars and trucks. When it comes to helmets, if you are 18 years of age or older, you are not required to wear one (although it’s strongly encouraged). For minors, helmets are mandatory at all times. In 2006, 65% of all motorcycle riders killed in an accident in states without mandatory helmet laws were not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. For those killed in helmet-mandatory states, only 13% were not wearing a helmet during their crash.
Although helmets are not mandatory, eye protection is. Some form of eye protection, whether a helmet visor, eye goggles, or glasses with lenses made from safety glass, is required. A windshield is not considered eye protection under Colorado law.
When carrying passengers, your motorcycle must be equipped to handle them. This means you need to have footrests available for them, and they must be using the footrests. They must also be seated behind the operator of the motorcycle, not in front. Passengers are allowed to sit in a sidecar, if applicable.
Lane-splitting is illegal in Colorado. It is also against the law for motorcycles to pass cars in the same lane. Motorcycles are allowed to share a lane with one other motorcycle while on the road.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Motorcycle Accident?
Unfortunately, our society has a bias against motorcycle riders, thinking of them as daredevils who are asking to be injured. The truth is that the majority of motorcyclists are safety-conscious, law-abiding citizens who are not at fault for their accidents.
In most cases, the culprit is the other driver. They may have failed to see you when changing lanes, turned into you at an intersection, or failed to leave a safe following distance and rear-ended you. In the most egregious cases, the guilty party was driving while intoxicated, speeding, driving distracted, or performing some other reckless behavior.
Sometimes, the fault may lie somewhere else. If your accident was due to equipment failure, it could be blamed on the designer, manufacturer, repair shop, or other responsible party.
An accident may also be the result of the city or state failing to properly maintain the roads. In such cases, it may be that no other vehicle was involved in the accident. This does not mean you are not entitled to be compensated for your injuries.
It may be that your accident was the result of a number of factors, in which case you would need to file multiple personal injury claims. Speak to a Grand Junction vehicle collision lawyer about your unique case. This is the best way to ensure that you have the resources available to you for a full and speedy recovery. For a free consultation with Peters & Nolan, LLC, please call (970) 243-4357 today.
- Motorcycle Safety - Colorado Department of Transportation
- Motorcycle Safety - NHTSA
- Motorcycle 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.
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