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Q: I ride a motorcycle to and from work. All my friends say I should wear a helmet, but I don’t think I am that likely to be involved in an accident. Do motorcyclists have a lower chance of being in an accident?A: Unfortunately, the likelihood of a motorcyclist being involved in an accident is higher than drivers of automobiles. To date, motorcyclist fatalities have steadily increased every year from an historic low of 2,116 in 1997. Even though Colorado law does not require you to wear a helmet, safety experts everywhere agree that helmets save lives every year and can decrease your risk for a traumatic brain injury.
Q:I was recently in a motorcycle accident and sustained serious fractures throughout my body. I know I need to contact an attorney, but right now I am more focused on my injuries. How long can I wait before deciding to file a lawsuit?A: After a traumatic motorcycle accident, it is only natural to focus your energy on your recovery. Unfortunately, this is also the best time to contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney. Your attorney will need to investigate your case and gather all evidence as soon as possible. Insurance companies will often try to settle quickly with a motorcycle accident victim. Their motives are simply to avoid liability and preserve their client’s assets. Unfortunately, most insurance companies offer victims without legal representation, substantially less compensation than they are entitled to. In addition, in the State of Colorado, there is a three-year time limit for filing a civil personal injury claim for injuries caused by use or operation of a motor vehicle (this includes motorcycle accident claims).
Q: I may have been partially to blame for the motorcycle accident. Should I still contact a Colorado Motorcycle Accident Attorney?A: The major consideration is the issue of “Comparative Negligence.” If a motorcyclist is partially responsible for the accident that caused their injuries, they can be held ‘comparatively’ or partially negligent. When the case is found to be one of comparative negligence, it will cause a reduction in the settlement the victim receives. However, since many people associate a negative image with motorcyclists, insurance companies may still offer motorcyclists far less than they actually need after a catastrophic injury. A motorcycle accident attorney will be able to obtain maximum compensation for your injuries, regardless of your situation.
Contact a Colorado Personal Injury Attorney
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident you may be able to recover for lost wages, pain and suffering, 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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