Denver Motorcycle Accident Injury
Riding a motorcycle poses a variety of risks that other types of motor vehicles do not, due to lack of protective features. Consequently, riders face an increased risk of suffering a serious or life-threatening injury in the event of a crash.
If you were the victim of a motorcycle accident in Denver, and you suffered serious injuries as a result, you may have legal grounds for pursuing a settlement. When someone else’s wrongful actions cause you to suffer damages, you deserve justice and financial compensation for all your losses.
An experienced Denver motorcycle accident lawyer can help. Here at the Law Offices of John D. Halepaska, we know how difficult it can be to get the resources you need. You need comprehensive medical care and a way to pay your bills until you can get back to work.
We offer a complimentary case review for Colorado motorcycle crash victims, to help you figure out how to get justice and the compensation you deserve.
Common Causes of Denver Motorcycle Crashes
A significant percentage of Colorado motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. Injury accidents are commonly the result of:
- Distracted drivers
- Aggressive drivers
- Failure to yield to right-of-way
- Failure to see motorcyclist
- Illegal turns
- Illegal lane changes
Sometimes, however, victims sustain motorcycle injuries in crashes that do not involve another vehicle. Common causes for crashes not primarily caused by another motorist include:
- Road debris
- Road construction
- Insufficient roadway markings
- Poor traffic control systems
- Poor roadway maintenance
- Absent or temporary signage
No matter what the circumstances of your injury accident might have been, contact an attorney for help. When another party causes or contributes to a crash, you deserve justice for your pain and suffering and other damages. Having a lawyer not only protect your legal rights but it helps you get the outcome you deserve.
Common Injuries Sustained in a Motorcycle Crash
Motorcyclists have virtually none of the protections that motorists have in a car, truck or SUV. This means that their injures are frequently catastrophic or life-threatening.
Some of the most common injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Sprains and strains
- Back injury
- Neck injury
- Head/brain injury
- Internal injury
Life-threatening, long-term, and permanent injuries are always a possibility in a motorcycle crash. Fatalities are also unfortunately common. Victims who do survive catastrophic injuries may require a lifetime of medical treatment and personal care.
The Importance of Having a Denver Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
When you need a motorcycle accident injury attorney in Denver, we’re here to help. Our lawyer assists and represents clients that were hurt in a motorcycle accident and wanted to file a claim for personal injury.
As with any type of motor vehicle accident, motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries in an instant. An injury from a motorcycle accident, however, is often catastrophic because of the rider’s direct exposure to the roadway, debris, and other vehicles. Severe injuries are more common to motorcycle riders and can even occur in accidents at low speeds. Brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and lost limbs are common in motorcycle accidents.
Although helmets are proven to save lives, they certainly cannot prevent all injuries. Riders aged 18 and over are not required to wear helmets in Colorado. Riders under 18 are required to wear a helmet. In addition, in Colorado, some form of eye protection is legally required for all riders-drivers and passengers. The best eye protection comes from a visor on a helmet, but goggles or eyeglasses with lenses made from safety glass or plastic are acceptable. Regardless of the safety measures you may take, motorcycle injuries are still frequent. Injured riders should never try to negotiate with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Insurance adjusters are trained to attempt to convince you to settle your case for much less than fair value. Retaining qualified counsel is always in your best interests.
If you’ve been hurt on or by a motorcycle, and live anywhere in Colorado, you might benefit from talking to an attorney. Mr. Halepaska has handled dozens of catastrophic motorcycle injury cases. We understand that the severity of injuries you can receive during a motorcycle accident can be far greater than when injured in a car accident.
People who experience a motorcycle accident on the Front Range, Plains, High Country, or anywhere in Colorado need an accident attorney. They may face long months of expensive medical care and rehabilitation and may be unable to work for an extended time. Our firm is experienced in working with healthcare providers and at providing the assistance and advice needed to navigate the issues that arise when you suffer from extended lost wages and are unable to return to work.
Contact a Denver Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Now
The Colorado motorcycle accident attorneys of the Law Offices of John D. Halepaska provide professional representation to injury accident victims in Denver and throughout the surrounding area. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to help you learn more about pursuing a claim for your injuries and damages. Contact us today to talk to a Denver motorcycle accident lawyer.
Have I got a case?
Let’s talk about it. Telephone our office to speak with a personal injury specialist.
How much will it cost me to bring an accident claim?
In most cases you will pay nothing at all whether your case is successful or not.
Is there a time limit?
Yes. In most cases three years, but there are exceptions. Now is the best time to act.
In most cases? What are the exceptions?
In high risk or complex cases we may agree with you from the outset that a success fee of up to 25% may be charged. This will not be payable if your claim is unsuccessful.
Will I have to go to court?
Probably not. Most cases settle. We often need to issue court proceeding to move matters along but it is rare for a case to go all the way to trial.
What’s the Process for Submitting My Motorcycle Accident Claim?
Filing the claim involves assembling the necessary documentation and submitting it to the at-fault party’s insurance company. Typically this might include:
- Police/accident reports,
- Photos of the accident scene,
- Witness statements,
- Expert options, and
- Accident reconstruction.
To support the value of your claim, your lawyer might include documentation such as:
- Doctor bills,
- Wage statements, and
- Expert opinions and testimony.
Documenting your claim carefully helps build the strongest possible case and ensures you recover the maximum possible compensation for your injuries and other damages.
Once your lawyer submits your claim, the insurance company’s adjustor (or legal team) may ask questions or request additional documentation. The insurance company’s lawyers and adjustor will work to minimize the company’s exposure and, consequently, they will attempt to negotiate with your lawyer to reduce the payout.
Your lawyer will likely spend some time in negotiations which, ideally, will culminate in an acceptable settlement offer.
However, if the insurance company will not make a reasonable offer to settle, your lawyer may suggest filing a lawsuit and presenting your case in court.
Do I Have to Have a Lawyer to Get a Motorcycle Accident Settlement?
Legally, you can pursue your own claim for compensation after an injury accident. However, having a lawyer will ensure the protection of your legal rights. Your lawyer can handle every aspect of collecting evidence and building a claim to submit to the insurance company. This allows you to focus on recovering from your injuries and getting your life back on track.
Experienced attorneys understand how to document your claim and take a firm stance in settlement negotiations with the insurance company. This helps ensure you get justice and that you get the best possible settlement.
How Will My Attorney Prove Who Was at Fault?
We begin the process by identifying all parties who caused or contributed to your accident. We accomplish this through investigating the crash and gathering critical evidence such as the police and accident reports, witness testimony, photos of the accident scene and any other information that helps us build a persuasive case.
Once we identifies who has fault for your injuries, our legal team will get to work demonstrating the four elements of a personal injury to establish negligence and liability.
- Duty of care – other motorists must exercise reasonable care on the roadways. This means obeying traffic laws, not becoming distracted while driving, and not getting behind the wheel while tired or impaired.
- Breach of duty – if someone fails to uphold their duty of care to others on the roadway – for example, texting while driving – they have violated their duty to you.
- Causation – if an injury accident occurs as a result of someone’s breath of duty, they may have fault for the injuries and the victim’s subsequent damages.
- Actual damages – the at-fault party is liable for any actual damages the victim suffers as a result of their negligence.
Your actual damages will determine the value of your injury claim. This could include your medical treatment and care costs to date, projected future medical care costs, lost wages to date, projected future lost income, pain and suffering, lost life enjoyment, and any other costs you incurred as a result of the accident.
What Is a Good Settlement Amount for My Motorcycle Accident Injuries?
One of the most common questions we hear from potential clients is, “What’s the average motorcycle accident settlement in Colorado?” This is a great question because you naturally might wonder what your claim could be worth, so you can have the resources you need to get your life back on track.
Unfortunately, it’s not really possible to estimate an average settlement value. Likewise, what seems like a good settlement amount for one victim might not be sufficient to cover another accident victim’s damages.
A good settlement is one that compensates you fairly for your physical, emotional and economic damages. And that is the outcome our attorneys will fight for in your case. Ideally, we can negotiate a fair settlement with the at-fault party’s insurance company. If that’s not possible, we will stand prepared to take your case to court and fight for your right to compensation.