Colorado Motorcycle Accidents: Frequently Asked Questions
Motorcycle riders must obey the same rules of the road as drivers of other vehicles. To ride legally and safely, Colorado motorcyclists should understand the rules for riding. However, drivers in passenger vehicles and commercial trucks must be aware of motorcycles on the road and drive with caution around them. If a rider or other driver fails to uphold their duty and drive responsibly, a catastrophic or fatal motorcycle accident can happen.
The following are some frequently asked-questions about motorcycle accidents and motorcycle laws in Colorado. To discuss the specific facts of your case with a knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorney, contact The Sawaya Law Firm. We will provide a free consultation.
- Do I have to wear a helmet when I ride a motorcycle in Colorado?
- Should I file a police report after a motorcycle accident?
- When should I contact a motorcycle accident lawyer?
- Who is at fault in a motorcycle accident?
- What damages can I recover in a motorcycle accident case?
- How much does a motorcycle lawyer cost?
Do I have to wear a helmet when I ride a motorcycle in Colorado?
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, riders over the age of 18 do not have to wear helmets in Colorado. Operators and passengers under the age of 18 are required to wear DOT-approved helmets while riding. It is still a good idea for all riders to wear a helmet since they have been proven to save lives and prevent traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in the event of a crash.
Should I file a police report after a motorcycle accident?
Typically, you should report an injury crash to a local law enforcement agency. You should call 911 at the scene of the accident. After a police officer responds to the scene and collects information from the parties involved in the crash, the officer will prepare an accident report. Colorado also allows drivers to report accidents through the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles website when a crash involves:
- No fatalities or injuries
- Drives who stay on the scene and share information
- No public property damaged
- No parties involved under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
When should I contact a motorcycle accident lawyer?
You should contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer if you were hurt in a motorcycle accident, and you believe someone else’s negligence caused the crash. After a serious injury accident, you have the right to expect that the person who was responsible will compensate you for your medical expenses, lost wages and any short or long-term costs that you incur because of the crash.
Typically, you will file a claim through the at-fault driver’s insurance policy. However, insurance companies will try to keep as much money in their own pocket as possible. An insurer may try to claim that you were at fault for the crash, or it may try to offer you a settlement that is far less than the actual costs you have paid or will have to pay in the future.
When this happens, you need the knowledge and skill of an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to help you to pursue what you are rightfully owed. Your attorney will calculate the actual cost of your injuries and other damages, negotiate for a full and fair settlement or pursue compensation for you in court.
The earlier you contact a lawyer, the stronger your case will likely be. Don’t let critical evidence and eyewitnesses disappear after a motorcycle crash. Call an attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights and your future.
Who can be at fault in a motorcycle accident?
Determining fault after a motorcycle accident is crucial. An attorney can investigate your crash, determine why it happened and identify any and all parties who might be liable for the harm you suffered. In some motorcycle crashes, more than one person can be responsible for what happened to you. So, make sure to work with an attorney with the skills and experience it takes to identify precisely who should be held accountable. Responsible parties often include:
- The other driver involved in the crash
- The driver’s employer (if the driver was working at the time of the accident)
- A store, bar or restaurant that served alcohol to a visibly intoxicated or underage minor
- A motorcycle mechanic who made shoddy repairs to the bike
- The manufacturer of a defective motorcycle or motorcycle part
- A government agency that negligently designed or maintained a road.
What damages can I recover in a motorcycle accident case?
If you are hurt in a motorcycle crash in Colorado, you could be owed significant compensation if another party was negligent in any way and caused the accident. Accident victims may be eligible to recover compensation for:
- Medical bills (past and future)
- Lost wages and future earnings
- Property damage (repairs or replacement)
- Pain, suffering and mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Permanent disability
- Permanent disfigurement.
Families who lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident could be eligible to pursue a wrongful death action against the person or entity responsible. Spouses, children and dependents, or parents or other family members, could be eligible to recover compensation that includes funeral and burial expenses, loss of financial support, loss of companionship and other damages.
How much does a motorcycle lawyer cost?
It is natural for accident victims and their families to worry about the cost of quality legal representation. Fortunately, the experienced motorcycle attorneys at The Sawaya Law Firm work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you won’t pay anything unless our law firm recovers compensation for you.
Get Help from our Colorado Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Today
Since 1977, the Colorado motorcycle accident attorneys of The Sawaya Law Firm have fought to protect those who have been hurt by the reckless or careless actions of others. We work hard to help our clients to get the medical care they need and to pursue all compensation they deserve. To discuss how we can help you, call or reach us online today and receive a free consultation.