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Larimer County bicycle accident attorney

The summer months are approaching, and bicyclists are going to flock to the roads in Colorado. As such, it is worth reviewing the rules of the road regarding how drivers and cyclists are supposed to interact. Using a few safety strategies can help avoid any unnecessary bike accidents. However, it is impossible to control the actions of others on the roadway, and negligent behavior by drivers can lead to serious injuries for cyclists. If you were injured in an accident while riding your bike, it is important to discuss your case with a personal injury attorney as soon as your immediate medical needs are addressed. Seeking compensation in Colorado requires finding fault with the other driver or cyclist involved, so you will need strong representation from a legal team you can trust.

Rules of the Road

Since Colorado is an “at-fault” state, abiding by the traffic laws will help prevent you from being deemed at fault for a collision, and this can ensure that you will be able to receive the compensation you deserve. Unlike pedestrians, cyclists are expected to follow the same rules as drivers, with a couple of additions. Determining how you should ride your bicycle depends on where you plan to go on your next trip. 

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Larimer County pedestrian and bicycle accident attorneyAfter being involved in a traffic accident as a pedestrian or bicyclist, the physical repercussions can be life-altering. Due to pedestrians having less protection than a car or truck, they often see the worst injuries, and in some cases, those injuries can prove fatal. Getting hit by a car and suffering serious physical injuries is traumatic on its own, but an accident can also result in a great deal of mental anguish for a victim. After an accident with a motor vehicle, a pedestrian may need to make extra efforts in healing his or her mind and body. 

How Many Pedestrians Have Died?

Last year, 90 pedestrians were killed as the result of traffic accidents in Colorado. As of September 2019, 37 people were killed this year in pedestrian accidents. Everyone is a pedestrian at some point in their lives, and there are things pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers can do to contribute to everyone’s safety. Keeping people on foot safe can be as easy as following the law and traffic signs. Either party can contribute to an accident, and the party who was ultimately at fault may be held legally responsible for the other parties' injuries and damages.

Recovering From Accident-Related Injuries

Even though efforts have been made to improve roadway safety, accidents still occur. Being hit by a car can take a severe emotional and physical toll, so it is important to seek out care after a traffic accident. The following tips may help in your recovery after getting hit by a car as a pedestrian or bicyclist: 

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Larimer County Bike Accident Lawyer

In 2017, a 52-year-old man was struck by two cars as he rode his bicycle through an intersection in Sloan Lake. The cyclist was initially struck by a driver who failed to notice the bicyclist as they turned left in the intersection. The first collision knocked the rider off his bicycle, and a second vehicle ran over the victim as he laid on the ground, dragging him a number of feet on the road. The man suffered severe spinal injuries and now has paralysis in his arms and legs. 

Just over a year later, the man was awarded $52 million in one of the largest civil victories in Colorado’s history. For bicyclists throughout the state, the jury’s decision was an encouraging step toward helping those injured in bicycle accidents due to driver negligence. Still, insurance companies try to fight against providing injured bicyclists the full compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one are injured in a bicycle accident, seek skilled legal assistance immediately. 

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Fort Collins bike accident attorneyLess than a week ago, a tragic accident reminded all bicyclists throughout the state of Colorado of the dangers they face when sharing the roads with other vehicles. A biker was traveling near the campus of Colorado College in Colorado Springs when he was struck by a motor vehicle. The cyclist was rushed to a local hospital but ultimately died the morning after the collision. While the Colorado Springs Police Department stated that excessive speed or alcohol/drug use were not factors in this specific accident, the vast majority of motor vehicle collisions are caused by driver negligence. If you or a loved one is injured in a bicycle accident, you should contact a legal team you can trust. 

Bicyclist Fatalities Nationwide

Throughout the United States, bicycle injuries are far more common than most people would like to believe. In 2015 alone, over 460,000 bicyclists were injured nationwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1,000 of those injuries proved to be fatal. Studies conducted by the CDC found that children between the ages of 5 and 19 account for upwards of 33% of all bicycle injuries. 

As mentioned above, driver negligence is the reason behind the vast majority of traffic accidents. It should come as no surprise that alcohol was involved in 37% of all bicycle injuries. After extensive research, the CDC concluded that bicycling is increasingly dangerous in highly populated areas. The vast majority of bicycle fatalities in 2015 occurred in urban areas. 

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