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If You Were Severely Injured in a Motorcycle Crash

By Burg Simpson
March 25, 2022
6 min read
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If You Were Severely Injured in a Motorcycle Crash

Spring has arrived and with this season of renewal comes the time when motorcycle enthusiasts across the state take to our roads and highways. Colorado’s beautiful mountains, canyons, and terrain make Colorado a prime location for those who like the freedom and exhilaration of exploring the great outdoors on a motorcycle.

The Risks Associated with Riding a Motorcycle

As exhilarating as it is to ride a motorcycle, the activity is not without risks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says:

Motorcycle riders continue to be overrepresented in fatal traffic crashes. In 2019, 5,014 motorcyclists died. To keep everyone safe, we urge drivers and motorcyclists to share the road and be alert. We’re reminding motorcyclists to make themselves visible, wear motorcycle helmets, and ride sober.”

In 2020, motorcycles accounted for only 3% of registered vehicles in Colorado, but they accounted for 23% of this state’s traffic fatalities.

Information provided by the NHTSA also indicates:

  • 80% of motorcycle crashes result in injuries.
  • 140 motorcycle riders were killed in Colorado in 2020.

Head injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes, and data shows that over 50% of motorcycle riders killed in 2019 were not wearing helmets.

CDOT’s Motorcycle Safety Campaign

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) recommends that motorcyclists take these steps to ensure safer rides.

  • Always wear protective gear.
  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Always obey speed limits and the rules of the road.

The Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

The leading causes of crashes involving motorcycles include:

  • Alcohol and drug impairment.
  • Distracted driving.
  • Reckless driving.
  • Road rage.
  • Poor visibility.
  • Improper lane use.
  • The riders lack of experience operating a bike.

Statistics from the NHTSA indicate that 42% of motorcyclists killed in single-vehicle crashes were impaired by alcohol, and 30% of the riders who lost their lives did not have a valid license to operate a motorcycle.

 Common Types of Motorcycle Crash Injuries

The most common types of injuries sustained by motorcyclists involved in a crash include:

  • Traumatic brain injury.
  • Spinal cord injury.
  • Broken bones.
  • Organ damage.
  • Soft tissue damage.
  • Whiplash.
  • Road rash.

Riding Responsibly

Experienced riders understand the correlation between riding responsibly and staying safe. Responsible riders obey traffic laws, ride defensively, and share the road with others. Everyone operating a motor vehicle or motorcycle must act with reasonable precautions and observe traffic safety. They should ride with the flow of traffic, leave plenty of room between their bike and other vehicles, and signal before changing lanes. Finally, motorcyclists should use extra caution at intersections, yield to pedestrians, always watch out for other vehicles, and keep the headlights on. Safe practices and cooperation from all road users will help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our nation’s highways.

Staying Safe

You can increase your level of safety by wearing the appropriate gear while riding your bike.  Invest in a properly designed helmet. Helmets do not work if they are improperly designed. Federal safety standards determine the amount of force helmets should absorb and the amount of peripheral vision the helmets must allow. Motorcyclists should wear helmets that meet or exceed these standards. In addition to wearing your helmet, make sure you have protective eyewear, gloves, sturdy boots, and a leather jacket that will make you look cool and protect your upper body! Most multi-vehicle motorcycle crashes are caused when motorists do not see the motorcyclist. You can increase your visibility by applying reflective materials to your bike and riding gear.

Being Road Ready

Before you operate a motorcycle, you must be appropriately licensed. Obtaining a license will require passing the written and on-cycle skills tests administered by your state’s licensing agency. If you are an inexperienced rider, consider contacting your state motor vehicle administration to sign up for a motorcycle rider-training course near you.

Burg Simpson’s Motorcycle Crash Lawyers

When you have been injured in a motorcycle collision, it’s essential to be represented by an experienced attorney. Burg Simpson’s motorcycle crash attorneys have the resources and the experience to hold negligent parties responsible for their actions.

If you or someone you love suffered a severe injury in a motorcycle crash in Colorado, contact the personal injury lawyers at Burg Simpson now. Our attorneys will investigate your claim and determine who is responsible for your damages. We have 40 years of experience in and out of the courtroom, and we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

Burg Simpson’s Personal Injury Team

Burg Simpson shareholder Stephen Burg has years of experience representing victims of motorcycle collisions. Stephen is the Practice Group Leader of the Personal Injury Department and 5280 Magazine’s “Face of Personal Injury Litigation” for 2020, 2021, and 2022.

Stephen Burg’s practice is focused on representing clients who are victims of personal injury. His clients include those who have been involved in motorcycle collisions, auto crashes, trucking accidents, product liability injuries, gas explosions, wrongful death, and harmful drug products.

Stephen Burg has been recognized by his peers for his legal excellence both nationally and locally. He was named a “Recommended Attorney” by the U.S. Legal 500 and has been consistently recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Colorado Super Lawyers. He was also named a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” by the National Trial Lawyers, and a “Top Lawyer.” by Denver’s 5280 Magazine.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash that was not your fault,  call Burg Simpson’s personal injury team for help now by calling us at 888-895-2080.

About Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine

One of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, has a longstanding and nationwide reputation for fighting relentlessly and successfully for victims of negligence, malfeasance, malpractice, and abuse. Our award-winning attorneys have never hesitated to fight for our client’s rights and consistently face and defeat formidable adversaries that include big insurance companies, big banks, and big pharma. Burg Simpson has secured more than $2.7 billion in verdicts, settlements, and judgments in practice areas spanning catastrophic personal injury, mass tort and class actions regarding gas explosions, dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and devices, medical malpractice, complex commercial and business litigation, construction defects, and workers’ compensation. The firm’s success has also included more than 200 recoveries in excess of $1 million.

Burg Simpson was founded in 1976 by distinguished American trial lawyer Michael Burg. Mr. Burg is an inductee in the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Clarence Darrow Award. He has also been named to the 2016 RoundTable: America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers by The Trial Lawyer magazine; Law Week’s “Barrister’s Best” as “Best Civil Litigator”; and one of “America’s 50 Leading Trial Lawyers” by the U.S. Legal 500. Mr. Burg has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers®. Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine now has approximately 70 lawyers and over 90 legal professionals. The firm is based in Colorado and has offices in Arizona, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, California, and Wyoming.

If You Were Severely Injured in a Motorcycle Crash, Contact Burg Simpson for Help Now at 888 895 2080

 

 

 

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