Colorado Bicycle Accident Attorneys
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The Colorado Bicycle Accident Attorneys
Bicycling has become a way of life for many people across the country. Unfortunately, the rates of cyclists getting hit on public roadways is increasing, even in Colorado. Cyclists are at a disadvantage in rural and urban areas, as there is nothing between them and the cars they interact with on roadways. Like pedestrians, bicycle riders are vulnerable to dangers of the road.
The Ramos team is here to help you with many years of experience handling personal injury cases. We have skilled bicycle accident attorneys ready to help you. Equally important, we have Dr. Joseph Ramos, an emergency medicine physician who is also an attorney. Dr. Ramos has many years of experience guiding the treatment of the injured.
No one is going to protect your rights for you. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident and want the skill of lawyers and doctors guiding your case, contact us, or complete this form for a no-cost evaluation of your situation.
What Should I Do If I’m In A Bicycle Accident?
There’s many dangers on the road, but none probably quite as bad as a moving automobile. If you have been involved in a bicycle/auto accident, odds are, it only took a second or two for your ride to turn from enjoyable to deadly. There may not have been much you could do to prevent the accident, but there are a few things you should do immediately after the accident to help protect yourself going forward.
Report the accident to local law enforcement. When you file a report, law enforcement officials will begin their investigation, and make sure that all parties provide the necessary information, including insurance coverage. The traffic accident report may be a major factor in you being able to recover damages for your injuries and losses.
Seek medical attention for your injuries. If you are not taken to the hospital at the time of the accident, then seek medical attention as soon as possible after the collision. The adrenaline rush that occurs during a collision may mask any trauma, so you may not feel any pain until later. Let a physician check you out, and take pictures of any injuries and equipment damage. The images and medical records may also help your case if you are going to seek damages.
If you are taken from the accident to the emergency room for your injuries, you can file an addition to the traffic accident report with the police when you are well enough to do so. You addition should detail the accident from your point of view. Your addition will become part of the official accident report.
Speak to your Colorado bike accident attorney as soon as possible after the accident. Your attorney will fight for you while you focus on rehabilitating from your injuries and getting back to the life you love.
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National Bicycling Accident Statistics
The number of people bicycling instead of using their cars is increasing in the U.S. The high price of gas, coupled with a renewed focus on health and wellness, and the sheer enjoyment a bike ride can bring has made cycling an increasingly favored activity. However, the national statistics for bike/car collision related fatalities and injuries are grim.
According to a study by the Governors Highway Safety Association, there has been a 16 percent increase in the number of bicyclists killed in motor vehicle crashes from 621 in 2010 to 722 in 2012. The fatality rates green’ again in 2013 to 743. The number of bicyclists injured each year has remained consistently high over recent years, staying between 48,000 to 52,000.
Colorado Bicycle Accident Statistics
Bicycling in Colorado continues to be highly popular. As state and local regulations continue to foster biking safety laws, improving the road for cars and cyclists alike, even more people will ride for recreation or for their commute to work. However, even as Colorado ranks high for the number of cyclists on the road, far more needs to be done to give cyclists a fair, and safe share of the road.
The statistics for Colorado cycling accident fatalities has followed the national trend. Whereas the state has been declining in cycling fatalities since the 1970s, between 2010 and 2012, fatality rates increased 16 percent, from eight deaths to 13.
Colorado Bicycle Accident Frequently Asked Questions
Over the years, the Ramos Injury Firm has fielded thousands of questions regarding Colorado’s cycling laws. Here, we have compiled a list of the most common.
Am I supposed to ride with traffic or facing traffic?
Under Colorado Revised Statute 42-4-1412, you are to follow the same rules of the road when riding a bicycle as you would when driving a car. You are to ride with traffic on the right-hand side of the roadway. You can use the other lanes when you are preparing for a left-hand turn, passing a slow vehicle, or navigating around a road hazard.
A car nearly side-swiped me while I was riding yesterday. How far from a bicyclist is a car legally required to be as it passes?
CRS 42-4-1003 says that all drivers must allow a three-foot separation between the right side of the vehicle, including mirrors and projections, and the left side of the cyclist. To fail to do so is a Class A traffic infraction.
I want to drive at night but am nervous about not being seen. What are the legal requirements for lights and reflectors?
CRS 42-4-221 requires all bicyclists to have a white front lamp that can be seen by other vehicles from 500 feet away. You are also required to have a red rear reflector and side reflectors that are visible under car lights from 600 feet away. Wearing reflective clothing will also help you be seen in low/no light situations.
A man walked into my bike as I was going through an intersection. Who has the right away at crosswalks and at intersection, a cyclist or a pedestrian?
Pedestrians have the right of way when obeying traffic signals at cross walks. If the traffic signal is not working, then all vehicles, including bicycles must give the pedestrian the right of way if they have already started across the road or are close enough to be in danger. However, CRS 42-4-802 also says that a pedestrian is not to walk into the line of traffic close enough to cause an immediate danger.
Have You Been Injured in a Colorado Bicycle Accident?
The Colorado bike accident lawyers at The Ramos Law Firm have been fighting for the rights of bicycle accident victims for nearly a quarter century and they stand ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. Emergency medical physician and attorney Joseph Ramos and the bike accident team at the Ramos Injury Firm have the skills and experience to guide you through complex legal and medical processes.
If you have been hurt in a Denver bicycle/car collision, or elsewhere in Colorado call (303) 733-6365 to speak to one of our bicycle accident lawyers today for a free case evaluation.
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