Grand Junction Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
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 personal injury attorney 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 on the Western Slope. Call Peters & Nolan, LLC, at (970) 243-4357 and let us show you why we are the right choice for you.
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 a 2006 study, 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.
There are many risks to riding a motorcycle. Some are more obvious. For instance, bikers are far more likely to sustain life-threatening injuries when involved in an accident than those driving a car. Motorcycles don’t have the same safety equipment as cars, such as airbags, seat belts, or protective metal walls. As a result, motorcyclists may suffer from:
- Fractured or broken bones
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Spine injuries
- Compartment syndrome
- Amputation or loss of limb
- Road rash
- Skull fractures
There are other risks, however. Many people hold stereotypes against bikers and assume the person riding the motorcycle is at fault for the accident, whether the evidence shows that or not. Insurance representatives may hold unfair biases against you, and those biases can also show up in court when you are fighting for your case. You should not be blamed simply because you prefer a more unconventional mode of transportation. Peters & Nolan, LLC know that motorcycle enthusiasts aren’t the big, surly criminals that media make them out to be. You shouldn’t be held responsible for someone else’s negligence. Contact us today so that we can fight for you and your compensation.
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.
If you have been in a motorcycle accident, seek medical help immediately. Even if you have no obvious injuries there is still the possibility that you have internal damage. Only a medical professional will be able to determine if you are okay.
If you are able, take photos as soon as you can after the accident. If you are unable to, try to have a friend or family member take them for you. The scene of the accident will be cleaned quickly once the police are concluded with their investigation. Those photos could provide key evidence in your case.
Once you have been cleared by a doctor, get a copy of the accident report. When responding to accidents, police perform investigations to determine who is at fault. The report will give you important information about their findings. The report will also likely be a key piece of your case, so you should review and know all the details on it.
If there were any witnesses present to the accident, be sure to interview them. Having been able to see the accident from the outside, they may be able to provide invaluable information, as well as testify on your behalf.
Reach out to an experienced Colorado motorcycle accident attorney. Putting your case together on your own is no easy task, especially if you are recovering from severe injuries. We at Peters & Nolan, LLC can help you with the next steps of your case.
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 car accident 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 - CDC
- Estimating Lives and Costs Saved by Motorcycle Helmets With Updated Economic Cost Information
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.