Denver Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Cycling is healthy, fun, and an important part of the recreation culture of Colorado. Everyone should feel free to ride a bike in Denver without fear of harm. Unfortunately, motorists aren’t always careful around cyclists. And a person on a bicycle is no match for a two-ton car or a 40-ton truck, thus bicycle accident injuries can be catastrophic.
If you, your child or a loved one were injured while riding a bicycle in Colorado, please call one of our personal injury attorneys. We have extensive experience in bicycle accident cases. Our bike accident attorneys have represented riders in Denver, Boulder and many other cities around the state who were seriously injured by negligent drivers in accidents which occurred on city streets as well as on roadways. We have also won cases on behalf of riders who were injured in accidents within City and State parks, cycling events, and bike versus bike crashes.
We love to ride ourselves, and from that experience we have a close understanding of the rules and dynamics of bicycling, both on the road and on a trail.
Why Should you Hire a Bicycle
If you’ve been injured while biking in Colorado, you have rights.
We are personal injury attorneys who represent accident victims, not insurance companies. Our lawyers are knowledgeable about the complex insurance issues in bicycling cases. Often, injured cyclists attempt to handle claims and negotiate with insurance companies on their own. While insurance companies may agree to cover medical bills, they tend to deny payment for other losses resulting from an accident such as lost income or emotional suffering.
We know how to effectively negotiate with insurance companies on behalf of our clients. We have experience with the investigation and data collection needed for winning a bicyclist’s case. These will involve auto insurance in the MVA cases, and home-owners’ policies in a dispute between riders.
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How This Works
A careful case review will be performed by your lawyer to assess the strengths and weaknesses of your case. Then the conclusions of this review are presented to you in a thorough, understandable manner.
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BICYCLE ACCIDENT STATISTICS
Nationally, there were 857 bicyclists killed in traffic crashes nationwide in 2018 according to the United States Department of Transportation. Colorado reported 20 bicycle/motor vehicle fatalities in 2018. These represented 3.4% of the total Colorado MVA deaths (632) in 2018.
Denver has seen its population of bicycle commuters nearly double since 2009, to about 8,000 people, according to census figures. A recent Commuter Survey conducted by the Downtown Denver Partnership showed that bike commuting in Downtown is at an all-time high, with 9-percent of commuters using bikes. That is a 36% increase in bike commuting since 2016.
Colorado Bicycle Law
The most serious accidents are bicycle versus motor vehicle accidents. And with the rapidly growing bicycle culture in Denver, the total number of bicycle accidents is also rising. Over half of these accidents result in injury. In 2017, Colorado enacted a statute (Colorado Revised Statutes § 42-4-1412) outlining a cyclist’s rights and responsibilities on public roadways. In Colorado, cyclists and motorists have an equal right to use the public roadways. Likewise, cyclists must obey the rules of the road.
Motorists who drive negligently, whether speeding, texting while driving, driving drunk, or failing to yield the right of way, are legally responsible for the injuries they cause. Generally, Colorado personal injury law extends a great deal of legal protection to cyclists injured because of another party’s careless behavior.
Call a Colorado Bicycle Accident Attorney at Chalat Hatten & Banker Today
The attorneys at Chalat Hatten & Banker understand that a bicycle accident can turn your life upside-down. For over 30 years, we’ve protected the rights of bicycle accident victims and will fight to do the same for you. Contact our Denver law firm for a free consultation.