Bicycle Accident Attorney in Colorado

Were you hurt in a bike accident in Colorado? Was a negligent driver or another party at fault?
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    If so, you could be owed significant compensation for your injuries, the damage to your bike and personal property, and more.

    At Earl & Earl, PLLC, our Colorado bicycle accident lawyers are committed to helping you to seek justice. Motorists and others must respect the rights of cyclists on the road. When they fail to exercise adequate care and caution and injure a cyclist, we will work tirelessly to hold them accountable.

    Contact Earl & Earl, PLLC today for a free case review. Our knowledgeable Colorado bike accident lawyers have helped countless people like you to get back on track after a life-changing bicycle accident. We will explain your legal options and handle all the details of your personal injury claim from start to finish while you focus on getting back to normal.

    How Our Colorado Bicycle Accident Lawyers Can Help You

    Following a bicycle accident, let our lawyers help you to hold the negligent driver or other parties accountable for your injuries and losses by:

    • Gathering all available evidence from the accident, including accident scene photos, police accident reports, dashcam/helmet cam footage, and eyewitness statements
    • Bringing in accident reconstruction and medical experts when necessary to help us prepare a case that persuasively shows how the accident occurred and why the other driver or party should be held responsible for your injuries
    • Filing your insurance claims with the other driver’s insurer, or with your own insurance company if necessary, and tenaciously pursuing a settlement that will pay you fair and full compensation
    • Taking your claim to court and to trial, with your approval, when it represents the best course to pursue the results you deserve
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    What Is Your Bike Accident Case Worth?

    If you have been injured in a bicycle accident in Colorado, you may be entitled to recover compensation for all expenses and losses arising from the accident, including:
    • bicycle accidentCosts of medical treatment and rehabilitation of your injuries
    • Lost wages or income from missed work
    • Lost earning potential if disabilities resulting from your injuries affect your ability to work
    • Pain and emotional distress brought on by your accident-related injuries
    • Lost quality of life due to scarring/disfigurement or disabilities from your injuries
    • Property damage, including the cost to repair or replace your bicycle

    Turning to Your Own Insurance Coverage After an Accident

    If you are hit on your bicycle by a negligent motorist, you may come to find that the at-fault driver’s insurance coverage won’t cover the full extent of your expenses and losses from the accident. Or worse, you may discover that the at-fault driver doesn’t have insurance at all. Or you may have been hit by a driver who immediately fled the scene.

    In these situations, you may be entitled to turn to your own auto insurance policy for coverage of your accident losses. If you opted to purchase uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage (UM/UIM) when you bought your insurance, it could be triggered in accident cases such as these.

    You can use uninsured motorist coverage if you are involved in an accident caused by another motor vehicle where the at-fault driver doesn’t have insurance. You can also seek uninsured motorist coverage when you have been the victim of a hit-and-run accident. A fleeing, unidentified driver is presumed to lack insurance coverage under Colorado law.

    Underinsured motorist coverage acts to fill in the gap between the at-fault driver’s insurance coverage and the total extent of your losses. To claim underinsured motorist coverage, you generally must be offered the full extent of coverage available from the at-fault driver. The limit of your underinsured motorist coverage must also exceed the limit of the at-fault driver’s liability coverage.

    Time Limits for Filing a Bicycle Accident Lawsuit in Colorado

    In Colorado, the statute of limitations places a time limit on filing a lawsuit to pursue compensation following a bicycle accident. The statute of limitations for personal injuries is typically two years from the date of your injuries.

    However, suppose the bicycle accident you were involved in was caused by a negligent driver or otherwise involved another motor vehicle. In that case, Colorado’s statute of limitations gives you three years from the date of the accident to file your lawsuit. Filing a lawsuit after the statute of limitations on your claim expires means that you run the risk of the court permanently dismissing your claim.

    When you work with Earl & Earl, PLLC, one of our knowledgeable attorneys will take the time to review your case with you. Your lawyer can determine whether the statute of limitations has expired in your case and what steps we can take to pursue all compensation that you deserve.

    What to Do If You’ve Been Hurt in a Bicycle Accident

    When you are injured in a bicycle accident, you should try to take the following steps to help preserve your right to seek accountability and compensation from the parties at fault for the crash:

    • Get the contact and insurance information from all drivers involved in the accident.
    • Get contact information from any bystanders who witnessed the crash and ask them for a brief statement if you need that information later in your case.
    • If possible, take photographs or video of the accident scene, damage to your bicycle and other vehicles in the crash, and any visible injuries you suffered.
    • Get medical attention and see a doctor soon after the accident to get examined for injuries. Promptly documenting your injuries can help if the at-fault driver or party tries to argue that your injuries arose from a pre-existing condition or some other cause.
    • Keep copies of bills, invoices, and receipts, which will help to establish your losses.
    • Document your recovery in a diary or journal, writing down the impact that your injuries and treatment have on your life.

    Finally, make time to speak to a bicycle accident attorney at Earl & Earl, PLLC, as soon as possible after the crash. Doing so can help you fully understand your rights and options and what steps to take next if you wish to pursue a legal claim.

    Common Injuries in Bicycle Accidents

    Bicycle riders have few protections in the event of an accident. As a result, bike crashes in Colorado tend to result in severe injuries for riders, including:

    • Road rash
    • Broken bones
    • Dislocated joints
    • Soft-tissue and other orthopedic injuries
    • Internal organ injuries and internal bleeding
    • Neck and back injuries, including whiplash injuries or spinal disc herniations or ruptures

    Common Causes of Bike Accidents in Colorado

    Unfortunately, many bike accidents in Colorado occur because careless drivers fail to share the road with bicyclists appropriately. Some of the most frequent causes of bike accidents include:

    • Speeding
    • Failing to stop at lights and stop signs
    • Tailgating
    • Reckless driving, including weaving in and out of traffic
    • Not leaving enough room when passing a bicycle
    • Failing to signal or check mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes or turning
    • Texting-while-driving and other distracted driving behaviors
    • Drowsy or fatigued driving
    • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

    Low lighting and adverse weather can also serve as causes or contributing factors in bike accidents. Finally, some bike accidents can be attributed to poor or unsafe road or intersection designs that leave bicycle riders at risk of an accident.

    Talk to a Colorado Bicycle Accident Lawyer Now

    The Colorado bicycle accident lawyers of Earl & Earl, PLLC are ready to fight for you. We understand the devastating injuries that cyclists suffer at the hands of negligent motorists and other careless parties. If you’ve been hurt, we want to help.

    Our law firm has office locations in Colorado Springs, Castle Rock, Grand Junction, Denver, and Pueblo to serve injured bicycle accident victims. Call us or reach out to us online for a free consultation today.

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