Colorado is known for its scenic roads, beautiful weather, and active lifestyle, so it’s not surprising that there are many pedestrians and bicyclists on the streets of Denver. But, a peaceful walk or bike ride can quickly turn tragic if a motorist fails to obey the rules of the road.
Common Causes of Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents
Pedestrian and bicycle accidents can occur in a number of ways. Some of the most common causes include:
- Distracted driving
- Intoxicated driving
- Motorists failing to stop at an intersection
- Motorists failing to stop before turning right
- Motorists driving recklessly through residential areas
Common Pedestrian and Bicycle Accident Injuries
Because pedestrians and bicyclists do not have the benefit of being protected by airbags and seatbelts, they often suffer serious injuries when hit by a vehicle. Some of the most common injuries sustained in bicycle or pedestrian accident include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Crushed limbs
- Torn or sprained ligaments
If you have been injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident, you may be able to recover compensation from the at-fault party with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney at Reisch Law Firm.
Is the Driver Always at Fault in Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents?
Drivers are not automatically held liable for every pedestrian and bicycle accident, however they are found to be at-fault in many cases. Bicyclists who are riding on the streets have to follow the same rules of the road that motorists do and can be held liable if they fail to do so. Pedestrians can also be held liable for accidents caused by their negligence.
But, Colorado is a modified comparative negligence state. This means that injured pedestrians and bicyclists may be able to recover compensation even if they were partly to blame for the accident. The amount of compensation that they are awarded may be reduced based on what role they played in the accident.
For instance, let’s say a pedestrian or bicyclist was awarded $10,000 after an accident involving a negligent driver. If the court determines the pedestrian or bicyclist was 10% responsible for the accident, and the driver was 90% responsible, the compensation will be reduced by 10%. Plaintiffs cannot recover any compensation if they are found to be 50% or more responsible for the accident. Because of this law, it is imperative that you work with an experienced personal injury attorney who can maximize the amount of compensation that you receive by proving the other party was completely at fault.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Before the Insurance Company
If you have been injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident, you only have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. Two years may seem like a long time, but it will go by quickly, especially if you are recovering from serious injuries. Take the first step towards recovering the compensation that you deserve by scheduling a free consultation at Reisch Law Firm. Call 303-291-0555 today.