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Back to School Safety

It’s back to school time, which means we’re sharing the road with young pedestrians, young cyclists and school buses, more than any other time of the year. Safety for school aged children requires total awareness from drivers and an understanding of designated school zones. Sharing the road with young students, means sharing the road with school busses. There are important rules and tips that we can all follow to ensure safety on the road for young commuters.

Tips on Sharing the Road with Bicyclists

Tips on Sharing the Road with Bicyclists

Failure to Yield to Cyclist

R.G. was biking in Fort Collins when he was injured in an auto accident. He was riding eastbound on Mulberry Street at the intersection of College Street, when the collision occurred. He was about half way through the intersection, when a car turning left (onto southbound College) collided with R.G.. He recalls seeing the bumper of the Defendant’s car, but was unable to avoid it due to a barrier in the middle of the road. The last thing he remembers is the car hitting his left side. When he came to, he was on the ground separated from his bike.

With Warm Weather, Bicyclists are Back

Colorado state agencies reviewed the impact of bicycling on our state economy and determined that the sport contributed $1.6 billion in 2015. The Economic and Health Benefits of Bicycling and Walking study also concluded that almost half of the state's adults rode a bicycle in the past year, making Colorado one of the most active states in the nation.

Who had the Right of Way in the Bike Accident? The Plaintiff.

Our client R.D. was only 26 when she was hit by a car while riding her bike in Denver. She was headed eastbound on Montview Boulevard around Dallas Street. Once she had the right of way, she began to cross the street…that’s when it happened. She was hit by a pickup truck that had incorrectly taken the right of way and tried to complete a left turn from Montview to Dallas. R.D. was hit on the left side of her body causing injury to her entire spinal column. She suffered from upper and lower back pain, swollen ribs, left leg pain, weakness in the...

Illegal Left Turn into Cyclist

Our client, RG, a dentist with a three-year old solo practice, was riding his bicycle in Fort Collins. While riding through an intersection, a driver coming the opposite direction made a sudden left in front of him, and hit RG. The impact bent RG’s road bike in half, and broke RG’s ankle and thumb. The thumb fracture rendered RG unable to see patients in his growing practice, which was becoming increasingly profitable every year. Chalat Hatten Koupal & Banker PC was able to overcome the popular presumption that bicyclists are usually at fault for...

Pedestrian/Bike Collision Results in Traumatic Brain Injury

At around 6:00 AM on January 27, 2015, E.S. (65) was walking with his girlfriend on a multi-use trail in Green Valley Ranch. The path has a posted speed limit of 15mph and is used by pedestrians and bikers alike. That morning E.S. was hit from behind by a bike traveling more than 15 mph and was unable to stop in time. The force of impact caused E.S. to fall on his face and was hit again when the bike fell on top of him post-collision.

Douglas County Employee Hits Bicyclist

On July 26, 2012, Ronald Schwenkler was riding his bicycle on Perry Park Road in Douglas County, Colorado, when a 1996 GMC truck being driven by an employee of the Douglas County School District attempted to pass Mr. Schwenkler. The side mirrors on the passenger side of the truck struck Mr. Schwenkler, knocking him off of his bicycle and onto the ground, injuring both of his shoulders and his left knee. He had surgery to his shoulders and knee. Since the truck driver was acting in the course and scope of his employment, the claim was against the...