Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Aggressively Pursue Justice
Professional legal advocacy for catastrophic injuries
When you choose to ride a motorcycle, you want to feel the freedom of the open road in a way you can’t in an enclosed passenger vehicle. However, if you’re involved in an accident, you pay a very high price for that freedom. Motorcycle accidents often involve substantial injury because the rider is only marginally protected from impact with another vehicle or the road’s surface. For more than 35 years, Lampert & Walsh, LLC has helped motorcycle riders who have suffered life-changing catastrophic injuries. Our knowledge and experience can help you recover the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Risks of riding motorcycles in Colorado
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, motorcycle riders accounted for more than 20 percent of traffic fatalities in 2011, and 36 percent of motorcyclists killed were under the influence of alcohol. Nearly two-thirds of those killed were either not wearing a helmet or wearing it improperly at the time of the crash. However, even if a rider takes precautions, there is still a high risk of an accident occurring, due to:
- Road conditions — Wet or icy roads, broken pavement, and sandy or gravelly surfaces are just some of the hazards that can cause motorcycles to lose traction and skid out of control.
- Weather — Rain makes the roads slick, and fog cuts down on visibility. Even warm, sunny days can cause problems for bikers who decide not to wear protective clothing because of the heat.
- Reduced visibility — This refers to how others see or fail to see the motorcycle coming. Bikes are smaller than passenger vehicles, and most drivers who strike a motorcycle claim they “never saw it coming.” Bikers can compensate somewhat by making sure their headlight is on even during the day and turning up the volume on their exhaust pipes.
- Inattentive drivers — The greatest threat to a careful motorcyclist is the inattentive, distracted or intoxicated passenger car driver.
The problem with motorcycle accidents in general are that the insurance company and even a jury often find that the biker “assumed the risk,” even if the motorcycle accident was not the biker’s fault. When this happens, the injured biker is often left with no recourse but to sue and take the case all the way to trial.
Colorado’s modified comparative negligence law also applies to motorcycles, so riders can be barred from recovering for their injuries in they are 50 percent or more to blame for the accident. Motorcycle accidents require in-depth investigation to rule out rider negligence and determine true liability.
Contact a dedicated Denver motorcycle accident attorney who can deliver results
Lampert & Walsh, LLC fights to get injured motorcyclists the justice and compensation they deserve. Choose a law firm that understands why you ride and what it takes to get just compensation. Call us at 720-829-4880 or contact us online for a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you.