Blog

Articles and information to keep you up to date on personal injury news.

bicycle injury

The Importance of a Quality Bike Accident Lawyer

In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 726 cyclists had perished in accidents involving motor vehicles. There are many non-fatal injuries as well, but only about one in 10 of them are officially reported. A good bike accident lawyer could have filed a successful tort action in many of these instances.

Classes of Bike Accidents

The exact breakdown of bike accidents varies by region, but a general estimate is as follows: 50% of cases involved a sole cyclist, 40% involved a cyclist and an automobile, and 10% of cases involve collision with a pedestrian, another cyclist or a stationary object.

Some of the most common causes of bike accidents are as follows:

  • A motorist enters the path of a bike, either while going straight ahead or turning.
  • A cyclist enters the path of a car, suddenly leaving the sidewalk or turning into its trajectory.
  • A vehicle, often a bus or large truck, passes a bicyclist without giving adequate room.
  • The motorist was speeding, intoxicated, inattentive or diving recklessly.
  • The bicyclist had no reflectors, lights or bright clothing.
  • Two cyclists or a cyclist and a motorist collided head on.
  • A person inside a parked car flung open the door over a sidewalk in the direct path of an oncoming bicycle.

Results of Bike Accidents

Despite following all applicable safety practices, some bike accidents still inevitably occur. A top bike accident lawyer can assist those injured in Boulder, CO, who have suffered wrongfully in any of the following common ways:

  1. 1. Limb injuries. About 40% of injuries are to arms and 25% are to legs.
  2. 2. Head injuries. Skull fractures cause of 3/4 of bike accident fatalities. Brain damage and concussions are also common. Over 40% of hospitalized bikers suffered head trauma.
  3. 3. Chest and/or abdomen injuries. While sustained by only 5% of bikers, these types of injuries are often very serious

Legal Concerns

Bicycle injuries can be subject to Colorado’s two-year statute of limitations and the comparative fault rule. If partial fault is assigned to the biker, claims will be lowered by that percentage, but no claim can be collected if 50% or more fault is assigned to the cyclist. As of 2014, non-economic damages were capped at $468,010 (although under certain circumstances this amount can be doubled).

Sloat & Nicholson understand the economic and life consequences of serious bike injuries, and they are well equipped to secure full and fair compensation for wrongful injury in a court of law.

Related Articles

Articles and information to keep you up to date on personal injury news.

September 22, 2020

Staying Safe While Motorcycling on Wet Roads

Colorado is a fabulous state for motorcyclists. The scenic views and legendary routes that cross the state are some of the most beautiful in the country. But, those
Read More

September 18, 2020

What Happens When a Passenger Suffers Injuries in a Collision?

It is very common for passengers to suffer injuries in a motor vehicle accident. When a collision occurs, many different parties may be responsible for passenger injuries. In
Read More

September 11, 2020

Could Intelligent Speed Assist Prevent Teen Speeding Accidents?

Is it possible for Intelligent Speed Assist systems to prevent accidents caused by speeding teenagers? As cars become more technologically advanced, this is a question that automakers and
Read More