Most of the calls we receive about motorcycle accidents aren’t from the victims themselves. We are called by our loved ones. Overwhelmed spouses, parents, and even children call us because their husband, wife, child, or parent was the victim in a motorcycle accident and these caregivers are facing mounting bills, calls from insurance companies, and of course, their own terrifying emotions. If this is the situation you are in, you have our empathy. You probably never imagined that you’d be searching for a Denver motorcycle accident attorney. You have a lot to manage right now and the personal injury attorneys at The O’Sullivan Law Firm can help take the load off you today.
How Will a Denver Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help Your Claim?
A lawyer is going to be critically important to securing full compensation for these cases. In most situations, motorcycle accident victims do not have the resources necessary to fully investigate their claim. However, a motorcycle accident attorney can:
Gather the evidence necessary to determine liability, which can include video or photo surveillance of the incident, statements from eyewitnesses, mobile device data, vehicle “black box” data, and more.
Obtain and review all insurance policies related to the claim, including the victim’s policy as well as the at-fault party’s policy.
Handle all communication and negotiations with other parties in an effort to secure complete compensation on behalf of the motorcycle accident victim.
Additionally, a lawyer will be able to help insurance carriers and personal injury juries overcome their inherent bias against motorcyclists. This is an important step in ensuring that a motorcycle accident victim secures the compensation they need.
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are not uncommon in and around the Denver area. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, motor vehicle crashes are among the leading cause of death in Colorado. At The O’Sullivan Law Firm, we often discover that motorcycle crashes are caused by the careless or negligent actions of other drivers. When we conduct an investigation into these incidents, we often find that they were caused by vehicle drivers:
Failing to yield the right of way
Following a motorcyclist too closely
Passing a motorcyclist recklessly
Failing to obey traffic laws
Operating too fast for conditions
Operating while impaired by alcohol or drugs
Driving while distracted by phones or other devices
Motorcycle Accidents Can Result in Severe Injuries
An unfortunate reality of these incidents is that motorcyclists do not have very much protection against the force of a vehicle slamming into them. When we consider that the average passenger vehicle weighs approximately 4,000 pounds, we can see why these collisions often result in so much devastation for the motorcyclist. One aspect of these claims that is often overlooked is the fact that a motorcyclist usually sustains two injury-causing impacts: one impact with the vehicle and another impact with the ground.
It is not uncommon for our motorcycle accident lawyers to help clients who have sustained the following injuries:
Broken or dislocated bones
Severe lacerations or road rash
Traumatic brain injuries
Open head wounds
Spinal cord injuries with paralysis
Other severe back or neck injury
Internal organ damage
Significant scarring and disfigurement
In addition to these acute traumatic injuries, our attorneys often help motorcycle accident victims in Denver who have sustained significant emotional and psychological trauma as a result of the crash. Our goal is to help clients recover compensation for all of their injuries, including the visible traumatic ones as well as the hidden emotional and psychological ones.
How Long Do You Have to File a Motorcycle Accident Claim?
Motorcycle accident victims in Denver need to be aware that they have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit in civil court. The Colorado personal injury statute of limitations is two years from the date the injury occurred. If a motorcyclist fails to file a lawsuit against the alleged negligent driver within this two-year timeframe, they will lose the ability to recover the compensation they are entitled to.
However, please understand that insurance carriers in these cases will also have their own deadlines that are not subject to the statute of limitations. Most insurance carriers in Colorado require claims to be reported very soon after the incident occurs, and failing to do so could result in the claim being delayed or denied.
Types of Compensation Available for a Denver Motorcycle Accident Claim
Motorcycle accident victims may be entitled to various types of compensation for their losses. At The O’Sullivan Law Firm, our attorneys strive to secure both economic and non-economic compensation on behalf of our clients. This can include the following:
Coverage of any EMS or hospital bills
The cost of any continuing doctor visit
Coverage of physical therapy and rehabilitation
Prescription medication and medical device coverage
Lost income if a victim cannot work
General household out-of-pocket expenses
Property damage expenses
Pain and suffering damages
Loss of quality of life damages
The total amount of compensation available to injury victims in these cases will vary depending on the facts and circumstances surrounding each situation. Our attorneys employ trusted economic and financial experts to help calculate the client’s total expected losses. Some of the factors that can influence how much a person receives for these claims include the severity of the injuries, the length of the recovery time, the level of pain and suffering the victim endures, and whether or not there was any shared fault for the incident.
Colorado operates on a “modified comparative negligence” system. This means that a motorcyclist can still recover compensation even if they are partially at fault for the incident, so long as they are not 50 percent or more responsible for the crash. However, the total amount of compensation they receive will be reduced based on their percentage of fault. That is why it is so crucial to get an attorney involved as soon as possible. Insurance carriers and at-fault parties will do what they can to try and place more blame on the motorcyclist in an effort to pay out less compensation for the claim.
Rider Justice: Standing Up for Bikers
At The O’Sullivan Law Firm, we see far too many injured motorcyclists. (And sadly, we meet the families of too many killed bikers.) In 2017, it became clear that we had to get proactive and stand up for biker’s rights and their safety on our roads. We launched Rider Justice, the advocacy arm of The O’Sullivan Law firm. Through Rider Justice, we fight biker discrimination and promote safer roads for motorcyclists. If we’re successful, there will be fewer bikers hurt and killed on Colorado roads, auto drivers will be more aware of and respectful of bikers, and bikers won’t receive as many undeserved traffic tickets.
Rider Up! Game Created to Raise Awareness of Motorcycles
“I grew up playing Punch Buggy or Slug Bug, punching my sibling every time we spotted a VW bug,” says Scott O’Sullivan, founder of Rider Justice. “I’ve always wanted to create a game for kids that raised awareness of motorcyclists and even bicyclists on the road.” – Scott O’Sullivan
Thanks to Scott’s inspiration, Rider Up! is born.
Rider UP! challenges car passengers to be the first to spot a motorcyclist and yell its location in relation to the car. “Rider LEFT! Rider RIGHT! Rider BACK! Rider UP!” The player who spots and yells first is the winner.
Contact a Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
If you or somebody you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the actions of another driver in Denver, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At The O’Sullivan Law Firm, our attorneys have extensive experience handling these claims, and we are ready to get to work on your behalf immediately. Let our team investigate what happened, determine liability, and secure full compensation for your losses. When you need a Denver motorcycle accident attorney, you can contact us online or call us at (303) 388-5304 for a free consultation of your case.