Motorcycle Accident Wrongful Death
Colorado Personal Injury Attorney
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the numbers of motorcycle fatalities has been steadily increasing since 1997. Unfortunately many of these accidents could have been prevented. After a traumatic and fatal motorcycle accident, the family of the victim may be left with mounding medical expenses and debt, during an incredibly difficult and emotional time. While no amount of compensation can ever make up for the loss of a loved one, you should not have to struggle financially because of someone else’s negligence.
Motorcycle Accident Wrongful Death Causes:
- Drunk Drivers or Drivers Under the Influence of Drugs
- Reckless or Speeding Drivers
- Defective Motorcycle Equipment (such as brakes and tires)
- Defective Motorcycle Safety Equipment (such as helmets and protective clothing)
- Inadequately maintained roadways or bridges
- Inattentive Drivers
The Wrongful Death Law of Colorado is found in the Colorado Revised Statues (C.R.S. 13-21-201 et.seq.). These Statues define what legal action can be taken as well as which person(s) can pursue legal action. Under Colorado law, a “wrongful death action” is a lawsuit for damages against the person or entity that is responsible for their loved one’s death. This lawsuit can be filed by the spouse and/or heirs of a deceased adult. It can also be filed by the parent(s) of a deceased unmarried adult or unmarried minor who had no children. The ex-spouse or collateral descendents (brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles) cannot pursue a wrongful death action lawsuit.
It is the spouse of the deceased that has the exclusive right to file a motorcycle accident wrongful death action within the first year after death, however, the heirs maybe allowed to join in the lawsuit if the spouse chooses to follow this course of action in writing. In cases where the deceased was unmarried, the heirs are entitled to file this action immediately.
In the State of Colorado, the statute of limitations for wrongful death is two years. If there is no motorcycle accident wrongful death lawsuit filed within two years, you may be barred from filing your claim. In order to avoid missing any critical deadlines, it is important to contact a Colorado motorcycle accident attorney immediately. A compassionate and aggressive motorcycle accident attorney will be able to obtain the compensation your family needs during this tragic time.
Contact a Denver Wrongful Death Lawyer
If someone you love has been killed in a motorcycle accident you may be able to recover for lost wages, future earnings, and medical expenses. Contact us for a free initial consultation and honest assessment of your legal situation. We’re available 24/7 by phone, fax and e-mail. We return after-hours calls promptly and provide interpreters for our Spanish-speaking clients.
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