- Practice Areas
Bicycling can be a wonderful recreational activity. However, bicycle accidents can also lead to severe injuries. At The O’Sullivan Law Firm, we are here to help if you need a Denver bicycle accident attorney by your side. If the careless or negligent actions of another driver on the roadway have caused you or your loved one harm, we will get to work helping you secure the compensation you need.
We have the resources necessary to fully investigate these claims in order to determine liability, and we will stand up to aggressive insurance companies on behalf of our clients. Contact our bicycle accident attorneys today at (303) 388-5304 for a free consultation of your case.
Bicycle accidents occur in a wide variety of ways in and around the Denver area and throughout Colorado. Unfortunately, drivers inside of traditional passenger cars often fail to pay attention to bicyclists in their vicinity. In some cases, bicyclists are ignored altogether by motorists. Some motorists consider bicyclists nuisances that should be away from the roadway altogether. However, bicyclists have full rights to be on nearly every type of roadway in Colorado.
Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents include drivers:
This is certainly not an exhaustive list of the causes of bicycle accidents that occur in the Denver area. We strongly encourage you to contact a bike accident attorney if you believe that your bicycle crash was caused by the negligence of another driver.
A skilled bicycle accident lawyer is going to be an integral part of these claims. An attorney can step in and use their resources to handle every aspect of the case, which will first include conducting a complete investigation into what happened. Some of the evidence an attorney will gather to help prove liability for a bicycle accident case includes the following:
A skilled personal injury lawyer in Denver will also ensure that their client is evaluated by a trusted medical professional, as well as economic experts who can properly calculate their total losses. After thoroughly reviewing all insurance policies related to the claim, a bicycle accident lawyer will negotiate in an attempt to reach a fair out-of-court settlement on behalf of their client. However, it may be necessary to take these cases all the way to trial.
Bicyclists are incredibly vulnerable to severe injuries in the event an accident occurs on Denver roadways. Even when a bicyclist is just wearing a helmet, they do not have much protection from the force of a vehicle that weighs thousands of pounds slamming into them. Additionally, bicyclists can be injured during the initial impact with the vehicle as well as a secondary impact with the ground. At The O’Sullivan Law Firm, it is not uncommon for our Denver accident lawyers to help clients who have sustained the following:
Bicycle accident victims in Colorado often have serious medical costs following the accident. An injured victim may find themselves unable to work, putting them in serious financial trouble. There may be various types of compensation available to bicyclists injured by other drivers in Denver. In general, our attorneys work diligently to recover both economic and non-economic types of compensation for bicyclists in these situations.
Colorado law states that bicycle riders can recover compensation for their injuries and other expenses following a bike accident. When filing a personal injury claim against an at-fault party, you can be compensated for:
Our Denver bicycle accident lawyers will review your case and fight against insurance companies for fair compensation.
Data presented by the Colorado Department of Transportation indicates that there were 878 total bicycle accidents across the state during the latest reporting year. Out of these incidents, we know that there were:
This data shows us that the vast majority of all bicycle accidents result in some sort of injury or fatality for the bicyclist involved. This makes sense when we consider that bicyclists have very little protection from the force of a vehicle slamming into them. With passenger vehicles weighing thousands of pounds and with bicyclists having no metal frame, airbags, or seatbelts for protection, the reality is that a bicyclist is considered an especially vulnerable roadway user, along with pedestrians.
A bicyclist can still recover compensation if they are partially responsible for causing a crash, but only under certain circumstances. Colorado operates under a “modified comparative negligence” system (CO Rev Stat § 13-21-111 ). This means that if an injury victim is 50% or more responsible for their own injuries, they will not be allowed to recover compensation for their losses. However, if an injury victim is 49% or less responsible for their own injuries, they can recover compensation. The total amount of compensation awarded will be adjusted downward based on their percentage of default.
If you or somebody you love has been injured in a bicycle accident caused by the actions of another driver in the Denver area, contact The O’Sullivan Law Firm for help as soon as possible.
Our bike accident attorneys have the resources necessary to handle every aspect of these claims, and we will do what it takes to ensure our clients secure full compensation. This includes coverage of their medical bills, lost income, out-of-pocket expenses, pain and suffering losses, and more. When you need a Denver bicycle accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case or call us at (303) 388-5304.