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Governor Jared Polis to Sign Vulnerable Road User Bill

By Burg Simpson
May 29, 2019
3 min read

We are happy to report that Governor Jared Polis will sign Senate Bill 19-175 into law on Wednesday, May 29 at 11:30 a.m. at the Denver Bicycle Cafe. This bill is intended to make Colorado’s roadways safer for vulnerable road users like bicyclists, pedestrians, peace officers, construction workers and more.  When signed into law the act will make careless driving that seriously injures a vulnerable road user a class 1 traffic misdemeanor and violators may be subject to a restitution order and license suspension. The court may also require violators of the law to attend a driver improvement course and perform useful public service. Drivers convicted of careless driving that causes serious bodily injury to a vulnerable road user may apply for a restricted license to drive a motor vehicle for extenuating circumstances such as driving family members to and from medical appointments at the discretion of a hearing officer.

This law is an important step forward for the Centennial State as it seeks to enhance the safety of those vulnerable users who share Colorado roads with vehicle drivers.  For pedestrians and cyclists, there are very rarely “minor” crashes with vehicles.  Among other things, we are hopeful this ongoing dialogue will serve to raise drivers’ awareness of the vulnerability of the cyclists and pedestrians with whom they share the road.

Burg Simpson’s Personal Injury Team

Burg Simpson’s personal injury attorneys are a dynamic legal team serving clients in Colorado and across the nation. Over the past 40+ years, our lawyers have helped individuals who have been in injured in bicycle crashes obtain justice and the compensation they deserve.

If You Have Been in a Bicycle Crash

As Colorado’s population continues to grow, and our roadways become more congested, more and more people are using their bikes as a preferred mode of transportation. The rate of bicycle commuting has increased significantly during the last decade, and Denver has exceeded the national average in the number of bicycle commuters. David P. Hersh, a named shareholder at Burg Simpson and an avid cyclist, represents clients who have suffered from injuries as a result of a bike crash.

 Working with Experienced Attorneys

If you have been hurt in a bicycle crash caused by the negligence of another party, it is important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who understands the dynamics involved in these kinds of cases. The personal injury attorneys at Burg Simpson have decades of experience with bicycle accident claims, including several recent cases that resulted in multi-million dollar judgments. Our litigators have fought for the rights of injured bicycle riders at all ages and experience levels. If you have been injured, it is important to contact Burg Simpson as soon as possible by filling out a Free Case Evaluation Form or calling us directly at 888.895.2080.



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