Denver Bicycle Accident Lawyer
If you’ve been injured while biking in Colorado, you have rights. We are here to help you navigate the legal process from beginning to end.
Cycling is healthy, fun, and an important part of the recreation culture of Colorado.
Everyone should feel free to ride a bike in Denver without fear of harm. Unfortunately, motorists aren’t always careful around cyclists. And a person on a bicycle is no match for a two-ton car or a 40-ton truck, thus bicycle accident injuries can be catastrophic. While most bicycle accidents do not involve a motor vehicle, those that do (roughly 30% of all bike accidents) tend to involve serious injuries. Many are deadly. Even though bicycles account for only 1% of roadway traffic, they account for over 2% of roadway fatalities.
If you have been injured while riding a bike — or if your loved one was killed in a bicycle accident in Denver — you and your family will need to understand your legal rights moving forward.
The claims process for bicycle accidents is complex, and here in Colorado, certain special rules apply. Victims typically experience substantial financial damages, and you may now face a challenging insurance claims process. You may have medical bills piling up, coupled with losing income due to time away from work. Those losses may be covered by one or more insurance policies. The insurance company, however, will look out for its own interests first — not yours.
You don’t have to face off against an insurance adjuster on your own. Our Denver bicycle accident lawyers have extensive experience in these cases, and we would like to help.
Our firm is here to guide you through the process, give you sound advice, and represent your interests through the resolution of your claims.
Bike Accidents Are on the Rise in Denver
The Governors Highway Safety Association reports that the increase in bike deaths of 12.2 percent in 2015 outpaced the rise in overall traffic fatalities. A 2016 report from Denver Public Works found that 52% of Denver bicycle crashes result in at least one injury. That same study reported that the total number of bicycle accidents in Denver is increasing.
The Law on Bicycle Accidents in Colorado Is Unique
Colorado has enacted a statute (Colorado Revised Statutes § 42-4-1412) outlining a cyclist’s rights and responsibilities on public roadways. In Colorado, cyclists and motorists have an equal right to use the public roadways. Likewise, cyclists must obey the rules of the road.
Motorists who drive negligently, whether speeding, texting while driving, driving drunk, or failing to yield the right of way, are legally responsible for the injuries they cause. Generally , Colorado personal injury law extends a great deal of legal protection to cyclists injured because of another party’s careless behavior.
What to Expect with a Bicycle Accident Claim
Because the injuries in bicycle cases may be extensive — and because the medical bills add up so quickly, sometimes into a six-figure range or beyond — insurance companies tend to mount an aggressive defense to these claims. An effective claim is supported by evidence. Our team works closely with a wide range of investigative experts to establish liability and bolster our clients’ claims.
We are proud to have cultivated valuable relationships with several credentialed industry experts, including accident reconstruction experts, medical specialists, and forensic engineers. Just as importantly, in every case, we draw on our years of bicycle litigation experience. We have a long record of navigating complex insurance policies and negotiating favorable outcomes with even the biggest and most aggressive insurance corporations.
For understanding the world of insurance coverage as it relates to Colorado bicycle accidents, there is no substitute for experience. We invite you learn about one client who faced a challenging claim after suffering a bike accident in Fort Collins. Drawing on our experience and command of the law, we successfully negotiated a fair settlement for our client.
Help for People with Serious or Catastrophic Bike Injuries: Free Case Review
Chalat Law is a boutique law firm, and so we can provide each client a great deal of individual time, attention, and care.
When you call our office, you will talk directly with a Denver bike accident lawyer. During business hours, our attorneys are available for immediate consultation when needed. Outside of business hours, we try to return to your call or message quickly, often within a few hours (and always within the next business day).
To learn more about your rights and options, please contact our office and schedule a free case review. Call 303-861-1042 or simply contact us online.