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Bicycling has become a mode of transportation for many people in the United States. Unfortunately, the rate of cyclists getting hit on public roadways are increasing in Colorado. Bicyclists are at a disadvantage in rural and urban areas, with minimal bike paths on the roadways. Like pedestrians, bicyclists are vulnerable to dangers of the road.
With decades of experience handling personal injury cases, our team is here to help. We have skilled bicycle accident attorneys ready to help you. Equally important, Dr. Joseph Ramos is an emergency medicine physician who is also an attorney with years of experience guiding the treatment of the injured.
Do not let your rights go unprotected. 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.
There are many dangers on the road, none of which are as potentially deadly as a moving automobile. If you have been involved in a bicycle/auto accident, odds are, there may not have been much you could do to prevent the accident. However, 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 recovering 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. Your 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.
The number of people bicycling instead of driving 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 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there has been a 12.2 percent increase in the number of bicyclists killed in motor vehicle crashes from 729 in 2014 to 818 in 2015. The number of bicyclists injured each year has remained consistently high over recent years, staying between 48,000 to 52,000.
Bicycling in Colorado continues to be highly popular. As state and local regulations continue to foster bicycling 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 2014 and 2016, fatality rates increased from 10 deaths to 16.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Colorado bike accident lawyers at 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 you. 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 complimentary case evaluation.
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