Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Longmont
Motorcycle Accident Claims in Colorado
Motorcycle accidents, similar to those involving cyclists and pedestrians, are far more dangerous and produce greater fatalities than auto accidents because of the lack of coverage the vehicle provides. A helmet or motorcycle jacket can only offer so much protection if you’re flung from your vehicle onto an open road. For this reason, in a crash the motorcycle rider will typically sustain many more injuries than the person who was driving the car—and who likely caused the wreck.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident involving a motor vehicle and you were not at fault for the crash, you are likely entitled to compensation that will cover your medical bills, ongoing treatment, and other expenses. At The Law Offices of Edward Smith, our Longmont motorcycle accident attorney has been helping injured individuals across Colorado receive the compensation they deserve for over 20 years.
If you’re interested in learning more, we offer free consultations to all new clients. Call us at (303) 578-9900 to schedule your case evaluation today.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents & Associated Injuries
Motorcycle accidents can be caused by many factors, from reckless driving on the part of the rider to icy winter roads. However, you can only receive compensation for your injuries if you were at little or no fault for the crash.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Head-on collisions with a motorist who was distracted, intoxicated, or otherwise irresponsible
- Lane splitting, which puts bikers at high risk due to the proximity with cars
- Other motor vehicles making a left-hand turn into a motorcyclist
- Speeding, on the part of the rider or motorist
- A driver opening their car door as a motorcyclist passes
As we mentioned, motorcycle accidents involving a motor vehicle like a car or a truck are especially dangerous for the rider. Many motorcyclists suffer serious and even catastrophic injuries when they are involved in an accident.
The most common injuries sustained in motorcycle crashes are:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal injuries
- Neck injuries
- Road rash
- Facial lacerations and contusions
Proving Negligence in a Motorcycle Accident
Car drivers often overlook their blind spots or drive while distracted and then don’t see a person riding their motorcycle as a result—this is the exact kind of reckless behavior that leads to serious accidents. Although riders should always exercise a reasonable amount of caution themselves while on their bikes, many circumstances are out of their control in these situations.
In fact, most motorcyclists are not the ones who cause accidents and they typically share little fault compared to the vehicle with which they crashed. However, in personal injury cases, it is up to the injured party to prove the other party was at fault in the accident. While this often comes down to the investigating officer's opinion and which party they ticketed, it is not always the case.
Therefore, it's always helpful to document things on your own if you can, such as:
- Taking your own photos of the crash scene
- Getting the at-fault driver’s insurance information
- Asking witnesses for their contact information
- Making notes of how the accident happened while it is fresh in your mind
- Seeking a doctor’s medical opinion
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