Personal Injury

Bicycle Accidents

Trucking Accidents - Colorado Personal Injury lawyer - Burg SimpsonAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 743 cyclists killed and an estimated 48,000 injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2013. The Centers for Disease Control warns that bicyclists face a higher risk of crash-related injury and deaths than do occupants of motor vehicles.

Being struck or run off the road by a distracted driver, crashing because of a product failure, or crashing because of a dangerous condition on a bike path, can lead to catastrophic injury and dramatically change the lives of the rider and his or her family. The financial and emotional costs of a bicycle accident injury can be devastating.

So what should you do if you have been injured in a bicycling accident?

The most important action of course to take is to take care of yourself and obtain the necessary medical treatment for your injuries. But if you have been injured because of someone else’s fault, it is also critical that you immediately contact a lawyer experienced in bicycle accidents. It can be a confusing and emotional time. Insurance companies may be calling. Time is running on bringing a claim. You need someone on your side to help make sure your rights are protected.

Contact Burg Simpson Now

Burg Simpson is dedicated to helping seriously injured people seek compensation for their injuries after an accident or injury caused by the fault or negligence of another. Our experienced lawyers have helped many injured bicycle riders—children, adults, recreational riders, athletes in training—rebuild their lives. We have the experience and resources to help injury victims navigate the many legal issues that surround a bicycle accident, including accident investigation, insurance claims, settlement negotiations, and litigating in court against persons and companies who won’t take responsibility.

Results Matter

We are proud of our ability to help injured bike riders obtain compensation for their injuries. For example, Burg Simpson lawyers recently obtained a judgment of more than $7.3 million for a seriously injured bike rider who fell into a dangerous unmarked sinkhole on a bike path. Burg Simpson lawyers also secured a significant confidential settlement in another bike accident case for an athlete training for a race who was seriously injured when she was struck by a passing truck.

  1. Contact the authorities (police, ambulance) or have someone else call 911 if you are unable to do so.
  2. Obtain contact information from everyone involved including drivers, passengers and witnesses of any vehicles. This includes names, addresses, and phone numbers, plus driver’s license numbers, and insurance carriers of all drivers. Also get the license plate number and the year, make, and model of any vehicle involved.
  3. Take photos of your bike, any vehicles involved, the area surrounding the accident, injuries, skid marks, and anything else that may be relevant to the accident, such as obstacles in the road, signs, pot holes, etc.
  4. Do not admit fault. Even if you believe you may have been at fault or partly at fault, other contributing factors of which you may not be aware of may be involved and any statement that you make could hurt you in court.
  5. Do not discuss the events of the accident with anyone other than the police.
  1. If you have not received medical attention on the scene, seek medical attention when you leave the scene. Even if you do not think you are seriously hurt. You may be in shock and you may have injuries that you are not aware of, including possible head injury, even if you were wearing a helmet.
  2. Document everything. Write down everything that you remember about the accident, as soon as possible, before the details start to fade from your mind. You can do this as soon as you get home or even while waiting in the emergency room, if you are able.
  3. Report the bicycle accident to your auto and homeowners insurance company, if you did not do so at the scene. You may have applicable insurance coverage (e.g., UIM, Med Pay) in addition to insurance that the party causing the accident may have.
  4. Do not sign anything. Your insurance company, the negligent vehicle driver’s insurance company, or representatives of other parties involved in the accident may approach you with documents. No matter how innocent these documents appear to you, do not sign anything without consulting your lawyer.
  5. Call the experienced bicycle accident injury lawyers at Burg Simpson. We will evaluate your case to determine if we can help you.
  • In Colorado, bicyclists and motorists have equal rights and responsibilities while using the roads.
  • Bicyclists don’t have to ride in the gutter. Where there is no bike lane, bicyclists are allowed to ride in the driving lane, and often that is the safest and most visible spot.
  • Passing motor vehicle drivers in Colorado are required by law to stay at least 3 feet away from a bicyclist.
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