Biking can be a fun and healthy activity – and it’s very popular in Colorado. We have more miles of bicycle paths than most major cities. Plus, we have some of the best roads for cycling. Yet bicycling can also be dangerous; there are thousands of collisions involving bicycles and motor vehicles in Colorado each year.
Why are there so many crashes involving bicycles? Often, other drivers simply don’t notice bicycles sharing their road space, and their lack of attention can quickly cause an accident. Among the many factors contributing to bicycle accidents are:
- Drivers fail to yield the right of way.
- Drivers don’t see cyclists approaching an intersection.
- Drivers make a right-hand turn in front of a cyclist traveling in the same direction.
- Drivers turn left into the path of an approaching cyclist.
- Drivers fail to give cyclists enough room when passing.
When a passenger car or truck strikes your bicycle, injuries can be quite severe, including head or spinal trauma and fractured bones. Complex medical treatment is often necessary, and the costs can be daunting. If you have been struck while riding your bicycle and your accident occurred because a driver failed to obey traffic laws, you may be eligible to file a claim against that driver. The damages you may recover in a bicycle accident claim vary by case, but they can include compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, and disfigurement.
If you are in an auto / bicycle accident make certain you know your rights. Quickly contact an attorney if there are any questions or concerns. Time can be very important when there has been an accident.
Contact us if you have any questions, or if you’ve been in an accident. 303.805.7430.