Denver Bicycle Collision Lawyers
Americans, especially Coloradans, love to bike. The exercise, fresh air, and convenience that a bike can bring to your life should never be underestimated. Unfortunately, with all of those positives, also comes the danger of a bike accident. When bikes and cars meet, the bike always loses. When motorists fail to recognize bicycles and give them proper space to maneuver, bicyclists can be grievously harmed, even killed. That is not acceptable to us.
As experienced personal injury attorneys, we have always advocated for the fair compensation of bike collision victims. If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle collision due to a driver's carelessness, call Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. at (303) 759-9945 or toll-free at (877) 433-3906 for a no-cost consultation with a premier Denver car accident attorney. We will sit down with you to explore your unique situation and legal options and provide as much support as we can to get you back on your bike.
When on the road, both bicyclists and motorists are expected to follow traffic laws and move responsibly and safely to their destination. This means yielding the right of way, stopping when legally required, and staying under the speed limit. Unfortunately, some people take this responsibility less seriously than others. Frankly, due to the safety that a car allows, motorists are often the party that most frequently break the rules of the road. Common ways that motorists cause bike collisions include:
- Motorists overtaking a cyclist while traveling in the same direction as the cyclist
- Motorists turning into the path of a cyclist
- Motorists pulling onto the road from a driveway or parking lot into path of cyclist
- Motorists opening a car door in front of a cyclist ("dooring")
- Motorists misjudging the passing distance between their vehicle and cyclist
- Motorists failing to obey traffic laws or yield the right-of-way to a cyclist
In most of these bicycle-vehicle collisions, a major factor was that the motorist failed to notice the bicyclist. Bikes are smaller and, most importantly, quieter than cars. That means that a simple glance over the shoulder isn’t going to cut it when it comes to avoiding cyclists. Not noticing a bike is not a fair excuse, because the driver has a duty of care towards those on the road with them, bike riders included.
Distracted drivers are a serious issue in this day and age, since distractions keep a driver from noticing a bicyclist. It is important for cyclists to always remain alert and aware of their surroundings, because distracted drivers cannot be trusted. However, their negligence clearly makes them responsible for your crash in the eyes of the law, and we intend to make sure you get the money you deserve to recover.
When you are in a car, whether it be big or small, you are fairly comfortable knowing that there are several safety features designed to make sure you walk away from an accident as injury-free as possible. You have seat belts, airbags, a crumple zone, and four, secure metal walls, all to keep you safe. A bike, however, has none of that. When you are riding your bike, the only protection you have is the gear you choose to wear. That normally means all you have is a helmet.
A helmet, though, can only protect you from so much. If a car slams into you at a high speed, there is little you can do to prevent yourself from developing severe injuries. With so little protection, your body will take the brunt of the impact of the car, likely throwing you onto the pavement where you will sustain further injury.
As staunch advocates for auto accident victims of all kinds, we at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. have seen just how devastating bike accidents can be. Many of our clients have come to us in a state of extreme injury, struggling to afford their costly medical bills. That is why we are so passionate about helping cyclists that have found themselves victims of severe accidents. In our experience, some of the most common bike collision injuries include:
- Broken and fractured bones
- Crush injuries
- Brain damage
- Severe burns
- Spine injuries
- Loss of limb or amputation
- Nerve damage
- Road rash
- Organ damage
- Internal bleeding
Of course, just as we have worked with many bike collision victims, we have also worked with families who lost a loved one due to a collision with a motorist to file a wrongful death claim. No matter what your situation is, we understand that you are likely feeling completely hopeless. Thankfully, you don’t have to go through this alone. Our team of expert attorneys is willing and able to guide you through this terrifying chapter of your life.
After we take your case, Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. will investigate the collision and gather evidence to support your claim for compensation. We work with eyewitnesses, medical experts, law enforcement, accident reconstructionists, and even visual designers to tell your story in full, whether to the at-fault driver’s insurance company or to a jury. We know all federal, state, and local laws when it comes to bicycles, and our founding attorneys have been practicing for over 40 years.
Please don’t wait to call - every state has a time limit, known as a statute of limitations, in which you must file a personal injury claim, and the clock starts ticking the day of your collision. On top of that, the sooner you speak to us, the sooner we can begin our investigation and get you back on the road to recovery.
If you or a loved one has been struck by a vehicle while riding a bicycle, you have the right to hold the driver responsible for his or her recklessness. At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., we have handled hundreds of similar cases successfully, but we still approach each and every case with a fresh, innovative, and professional touch that often yields great results for our clients.
To speak to an experienced Denver bicycle collision attorney today, please call our office at (303) 759-9945 or toll-free at (877) 433-3906. Your call and initial consultation are free, and if we take your case, we will front all costs and take no payment until we get you a fair settlement or jury verdict. We believe in taking care of our clients and offer that service to you now.
- Bicycle Safety - CDC
- Bicyclists - Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
- Bicycle Safety - NHTSA