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Colorado Bicycle Collisions: Personal Injury Cases

By David Hersh

May 31, 2019   Colorado Blog, Colorado Personal Injury

Colorado Bicycle Collisions: Personal Injury Cases

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 783 bicyclists killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2017. A large percentage of these bike crashes could have been avoided if motorists and cyclists followed the rules of the road and watched out for one another.

Bicycle Safety

By law, bicycles are vehicles and they have the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles when on our roadways. As more and more Americans are biking to commute, for exercise, and just for fun, it is important for cyclists and motorists to focus on making safe choices to help reduce deaths and injuries when sharing the road.

Prepare for Your Bike Ride

  • Choose a bike that is the right size for you. If you ride a bike that is too big, it is more difficult to control
  • Make sure that your bike is in good repair
  • Wear the proper equipment to protect you, and wear a helmet
  • Ensure that you are more visible by wearing light clothing during the day and reflective gear at night
  • Make sure your bike is fitted with a white front light, a red rear light, and reflectors
  • Carry all items in your backpack or strapped to the back of your bike
  • Take precautions to ensure that your shoelaces and pant legs do not get caught in the bike chain
  • Choose routes that have less traffic and slower speed limits
  • When possible, ride in a bike lane or on a bike path

Ride Defensively

Be focused and alert to the road conditions and the traffic around you. Learn to anticipate what drivers may do, before they do it. The faster you can notice a potential hazard, the more quickly you can respond and avoid a potential bike accident:

  • Ride in the same direction as traffic
  • Adhere to all street signs, signals, and other road markings
  • Be aware of road conditions and watch for objects in the road that may cause you to fall
  • Assume that motorists do not see you
  • Stay off your phone
  • Do not listen to music
  • Focus on your own personal safety by keeping your eyes on the road and listening to what is happening around you
  • Remember that when bicyclists and motorists collide, it is usually the cyclist who suffers the most harm

Biking Safety Tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Click here for safety tips

Bike Accident Facts:

The two main types of bike crashes are:

  1. Falls
  2. Collisions with automobiles

2017 Bike Crash Statistics:

  1. Most bicyclist fatalities occur between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  2. Seventy-five percent of the bicycle fatalities occurred in urban areas
  3. Bicyclist fatalities were 8 times higher for males
  4. Alcohol was involved in 37% of all fatal bicyclist crashes in 2017

If You Have Been Injured in a Bike Crash

Schedule a Free Consultation with Burg Simpson Today

Burg Simpson’s team of personal injury lawyers have a proven history of obtaining results for our clients. We can give you a fighting chance when it comes to investigating a bicycle crash, preparing insurance claims, negotiating settlements, and even litigating in court against the responsible parties.

The firm has a national reputation for standing up for individuals in courtrooms across the country. With seven offices in six states and more than 60 attorneys, Burg Simpson has the experience and resources to fight for you and obtain the compensation you deserve.

If you have been in a bicycle crash and you need help, call us at 888. 895.2080 to schedule a free consultation, or fill out our Free Case Evaluation form so we may discuss your case with you as soon as possible.

 

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