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Bicycle Accidents – Denver Personal Injury Lawyers

Bicycle Accident - Colorado Personal Injury Lawyer - Burg Simpson

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 over 2006. But the reality is probably far worse. Hospital officials suggest that as few as 10 percent of cycling accident injuries are reported to the authorities. A Denver injury attorney has the knowledge needed to help you win your case so you do  not have to go it alone. Despite the fact that 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. A Colorado personal injury lawyer is 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 just 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 an injury lawyer 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 or so 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 resulted in personal injury are:

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

Either way, the vast majority of bicycle accidents are caused by negligence, whether it is on the part of someone driving a car, another cyclist or the operator himself. 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 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 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 scene 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 you attorney first.

The personal injury attorneys at Burg Simpson have decades of experience in dealing with bicycle accident cases, including one that resulted in a mulit-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 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, a Denver injury lawyer 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!

 February 18, 2019

Ronald M. Sandgrund is Featured in the February Edition of the Colorado Lawyer

Ronald M. Sandgrund is Featured in the February Edition of the Colorado Lawyer Ronald M. Sandgrund, Of Counsel at Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, was recently featured in the Member Spotlight section of the February edition of the Colorado Lawyer.  Mr. Sandgrund is a well-known trial lawyer and Colorado’s most prolific author of articles and… Read more »

 February 13, 2019

Biker Swallowed By Sinkhole

Burg Simpson Attorneys Win Second Appeal to Protect $7.3 Million Verdict On September 3, 2008, Mr. James Nelson suffered severe and life-changing injuries, including a permanent brain injury, when his bicycle was swallowed by a large sinkhole on a bike path located on the property of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. … Read more »

Firefighters

 February 8, 2019

Burg Simpson Seeks to Protect West Metro Firefighters From Getting Burned

Brian Matise and Nelson Boyle at Burg Simpson are representing the engineers, fire investigators, and firefighters from the West Metro Fire District as part of a class action lawsuit. The complaint claims the department mishandled roughly $1.8 million in a retiree health account. Attorney Brian Matise said, “The brave men and women of the West… Read more »

Workers' Compensation

 February 7, 2019

Nick Fogel, a Burg Simpson Shareholder, Quoted in an Article Published by U.S. News

Nick Fogel, a Burg Simpson shareholder and the practice group leader of the firm’s workers’ compensation team, was quoted in a recent article published by U.S. News. Mr. Fogel discussed how employees risk medical uncertainty and serious financial consequences when their employer does not possess the required workers’ compensation insurance. To view the article in… Read more »

Making the Right Choice – Burg Simpson is the Right Choice | Michael S. Burg

 February 14, 2019

Making the Right Choice – Burg Simpson is the Right Choice | Michael S. Burg

When you find yourself in need of legal representation, finding the right lawyer can be a daunting task.  Since 1976, Burg Simpson has been helping injured individuals and their loved ones rebuild their lives after a serious accident or injury.  Burg Simpson  is a law firm with more than 60 trial lawyers operating out of… Read more »

Cedar Ridge Apartments Explosion – Personal Injury Lawyers – Denver Burg Simpson

 August 29, 2018

Gas Company Found Responsible for Cedar Ridge Apartments Explosion

The news seems to be filled with stories of gas explosions. Whether it’s in a residential area, such as the one in a Denver neighborhood that blew a hole through a multi-family residence, or the one at a gas collection facility in Grand County, Colorado, that injured two workers in July, these preventable tragedies appear… Read more »

Sterilization Breach – Personal Injury Attorney – Denver Burg Simpson

 August 20, 2018

Sterilization Breaches Put Patient Lives at Risk

Odds are, if you are at the doctor’s office or the waiting room at the dentist, it is because you do not feel well. You are there because you want to feel better, and you have faith that these trained professionals can help with that. So, it can be particularly devastating when these places of… Read more »

Natural Gas Explosion – Personal Injury Lawyer – Burg Simpson Denver

 August 17, 2018

Natural Gas Explosion Injures Several in Denver

An explosion shattered an otherwise typical, late summer afternoon in Denver earlier this week. A natural gas line burst in the historic Baker neighborhood, blasting a hole through a multi-family residential unit. The explosion left nine people injured – one of them critically. One fire department official told the Denver Post that it was the… Read more »

Bad Faith Insurance – When Your Insurance Claim is Denied or Delayed | Tom W. Henderson

 February 14, 2019

Bad Faith Insurance – When Your Insurance Claim is Denied or Delayed | Tom W. Henderson

When you purchase an insurance policy, it is expected that your insurance company will provide the policy coverage in case of an accident.  Unfortunately, insurance carriers frequently fail to pay the benefits they promised they would, or they fail to pay promptly and in the proper amounts. These actions by the insurance company could be classified… Read more »

What Makes A Good Medical Malpractice Case? | Scott J. Eldredge

 February 14, 2019

What Makes A Good Medical Malpractice Case? | Scott J. Eldredge

Medical errors are increasing in this country. Medical malpractice typically takes place when a surgeon, hospital, or other health care professional strays from the standard practices of their profession, which then results in the serious harm or death of a patient. While patients place trust and their lives in the hands of these medical professionals, medical… Read more »

Business / Commercial Litigation Trial Attorneys  | Michael S. Burg

 February 14, 2019

Business / Commercial Litigation Trial Attorneys | Michael S. Burg

Business and commercial law are typically lumped together because they go hand-in-hand so often. Most attorneys experienced in one type of law are usually experienced in the other as well.  The business and commercial litigation attorneys at Burg Simpson have the experience in successfully handling a variety of both business and commercial law cases. With… Read more »

We Are The Trial Lawyers | Michael S. Burg

 February 14, 2019

We Are The Trial Lawyers | Michael S. Burg

When selecting a trial attorney, it is important to select an attorney with the experience and resources to handle every aspect of your case.   What defines and differentiates Burg Simpson is we are prepared to fight for our clients. Our highly skilled trial lawyers, know the only way we are going to obtain an excellent… Read more »

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