Colorado Personal Injury

Bicycle Accident Attorneys Of Denver

Denver Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Accidents kill more than two cyclists every day in the United States – that is a 6 percent increase over the last decade and a 12 percent jump since 2006. And that is just the bike accidents that are reported: the reality is probably far worse. Hospital officials suggest that as few as 10 percent of cycling accident injuries are reported to the authorities. If you have been injured in a bike accident due to someone else’s fault, one of Burg Simpson’s bicycle accident lawyers in Denver has the knowledge needed to help you win your case, so you do not have to do it alone. Even though bicycles comprise only about 1 percent of all trips in the United States, cyclists are more likely to be seriously injured or killed on the road than motor vehicle occupants. Our personal injury lawyers in Denver are here to help!

Cycling accidents come in all forms. A driver busy with his cell phone can run into a cyclist, knocking him over or running him off the road altogether. A poorly maintained bike path can lead to an accident, causing serious injury. A poorly designed bicycle – or even a defective one – can cause disastrous damage to a cyclist, especially at high speeds. These personal injuries can be costly, both emotionally and financially. That is why you can trust a bicycle accident attorney to fight for your rights.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the average age of cyclists killed by motor vehicles has trended upward over the last 30 years, rising to 45. Nearly 90 percent of victims are men, and 71 percent of accidents occur in urban areas. The most dangerous states for cyclists are California, Florida, and Texas. The safest, Rhode Island and Vermont, had no cycling fatalities in the most recent reported year.

The most common causes of bicycling accidents that result in the need for a bicycle accident personal injury lawyer are:

  • Motor vehicle collision
  • Fall from bike
  • Encounter with damaged cycling surface
  • Distracted rider/operator error
  • Crash/collision

Either way, most bicycle accidents are caused by negligence, whether it is on the part of someone driving a car, another cyclist or the operator themselves. If you are riding on a public bike path that is not properly maintained for cycling, your biking injury could also be the result of the property owner’s negligence. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, it is important to speak to our Denver personal injury lawyers now who have the experience in bicycle accidents needed to fight against those who cause bike accidents. Fill out a Free Case Evaluation form now to talk to us about your case.

Cycling laws vary wildly by state. In Colorado, most of the rules of the road for bicycle riders are pretty straightforward, while affording cyclists the same right to the roadway as motor vehicles. Cyclists are restricted to carrying only as many riders as the bike will allow. Cyclists are also forbidden from being attached “to any motor vehicle upon a roadway.” A lawyer knows all of these laws well.

As far as general operations, cyclists are instructed by Colorado law to travel in the right-hand lane as long as there is adequate room to do so, unless they are starting a left-hand turn at an intersection, overtaking a slower vehicle, or avoiding roadway hazards. Additionally, multiple riders are not allowed to ride more than two abreast on roadways unless there is a dedicated area set aside for bicycles. Finally, cyclists are required to keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times.

Bicycle accidents can lead to serious harm, such as head or spinal cord injuries. Any injury can be financially devastating, so it is important for bike accident victims to speak with the personal injury lawyers in Denver at Burg Simpson as quickly as possible.

  • Get help. Call the police or fire department. Or have someone else call for assistance if you can’t.
  • Exchange information. Get contact info from everyone involved and any witnesses, if possible. Make sure that includes names, addresses (both physical and electronic), phone numbers, and insurance information.
  • Take photos. Put that smartphone to good use by taking photographs of your bicycle, any vehicles involved, and the surrounding area, such as the roadway, road signs, and any possible hazards. It is also a good idea to get photos of any injuries you have sustained.
  • Do not admit to anything. Even if you think you might be at fault, keep it to yourself because other contributing factors of which you may not be aware of could be involved and any statement you make could hurt you in court.
  • Do not discuss it with anyone. Wait to speak about the circumstances of the accident with the police, and then a bicycle accident lawyer.
  • Get medical attention. If you have not already received treatment, it is critical you visit your doctor, an urgent care center, or an emergency room right away. Even if you feel fine, it is important you have a medical professional evaluate you.
  • Get it in writing. As soon as you can, write down everything you can recall about the incident, while it is fresh in your mind. Whether you are waiting to be seen in an urgent care waiting room or recuperating at home, it is also a good time to review the information you gathered from the parties at the scene.
  • Call your insurance carrier. File a report with your auto or homeowner’s insurance company, as soon as possible. But leave it to an attorney to help you with the details.
  • Do not sign anything. Whether it is your insurance agent or the other party’s insurance representative, do not sign any documents anyone presents to you. In short, do not sign anything for anyone without speaking to your bicycle accident attorney first.

The Denver bicycle accident lawyers at Burg Simpson have decades of experience in dealing with bicycle accident cases, including one that resulted in a multi-million-dollar judgment. Our litigators have fought for the rights for injured bicycle riders of all ages and experience levels, whether the victims are children, adults, recreational riders, or even athletes in training.

Burg Simpson is a Denver based law firm with the resources to fight back against the giant insurance companies who try not to admit fault or pay a claim. Most importantly, working with one of our experienced bicycle accident lawyers can give you a fighting chance when it comes to investigating accidents, preparing insurance claims, negotiating settlements, and even litigating in court against the responsible parties. If you need help, call 720-500-5995 or fill out a Free Case Evaluation form now before it is too late!

January firm-wide e-news

 January 17, 2020

Burg Simpson E-News: January 2020

Complex Business and Commercial Litigation, Construction Defects, Dangerous Drugs & Medical Devices, Mass Tort, Class Action, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, and Workers’ Compensation JANUARY 2020 E-NEWS GOOD LAWYERS Burg Simpson Names Three New Shareholders Paul D. Friedman Angela E. McGraw Jacob M. Burg Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine are pleased to announce that Paul… Read more »

 January 14, 2020

When Colorado Insurance Companies Get Special Breaks from the Courts

When Colorado Insurance Companies Get Special Breaks from the Courts In a recent Colorado law journal article, Burg Simpson lawyers Ron Sandgrund and Leslie Tuft question why Colorado insurance companies are still getting special breaks from the courts when those insurers mislead their insureds or fail to explain adequately why they are denying an insurance… Read more »

 January 8, 2020

5280 Magazine Names Denver’s Top Lawyers of the Year!

5280 Magazine Names Denver’s Top Lawyers of the Year!  Denver’s Top Lawyers 2020  is 5280 Magazine’s sixth annual list of the best attorneys in the region. The 5280 editors invited attorneys in the seven-county metro area to vote for the peers they respect most in 50 legal practice areas. Survey responses in hand, the 5280 team… Read more »

 January 7, 2020

The Burg Simpson Scholarship Essays Must Be Submitted by February 1st

THE BURG SIMPSON SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE IS RAPIDLY APPROACHING! The 1,500-word Burg Simpson Scholarship Essays Must Be Submitted by February 1st For the past several years, Burg Simpson has awarded college scholarships to the graduating high school seniors who won our essay competition regarding the importance of the civil jury system and how it is being… Read more »

david-hersh-case-settlement

 December 9, 2019

Settling Commercial Litigation Cases

An out-of-court settlement is a legally-binding agreement between the parties to a lawsuit that effectively puts an end to the legal matter. A settlement resolves all disputes inherent in the lawsuit, and results in dismissal of the claims filed in court.  Sometimes a settlement will contain a requirement that other court orders be entered effectuating… Read more »

Holding Pharmaceutical Companies Responsible – Mass Tort | Dangerous Drugs & Medical Devices

 November 12, 2019

Holding Pharmaceutical Companies Responsible – Mass Tort | Dangerous Drugs & Medical Devices

Burg Simpson’s Colorado mass tort attorneys have represented thousands of people who have suffered serious side effects after taking dangerous medications or those who have been hurt by a defective product.  If you have suffered injuries related to a defective drug or medical device, contact the Burg Simpson mass tort team at 303-790-2525.

bike-crash-safety

 November 8, 2019

Bike Crash Safety Video – Burg Simpson Personal Injury

The personal injury attorneys at Burg Simpson help fellow bicycle enthusiasts understand how to protect their rights after a bike crash and stay safe on the roads. If you have been hurt in a bike crash and need help, reach out to us today by calling our office or filling out our online free case… Read more »

7th Annual Jeremy Bitner Memorial Run for the Fallen Officers Fund

 July 1, 2019

7th Annual Jeremy Bitner Memorial Run for the Fallen Officers Fund

The Jeremy Bitner Foundation was established in honor of Englewood Police Detective Jeremy Bitner. Detective Bitner lost his life in the line of duty on May 28, 2012, after being struck and killed by a vehicle while performing a traffic stop. Jeremy served the Englewood Police Department for 8 years and during that time was assigned… Read more »

Top 100 National Trial Lawyers Legal 500 Best Lawyers in America Super Lawyers US News 2014 Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers