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Protected Riders – El Paso County Motorcycle Accident Law Firm
Motorcyclists are the most vulnerable people on the roadways, especially in El Paso County. Cars often violate laws, causing accidents that can result in very significant physical and mental injuries to the motorcyclist and leaving them with massive financial hardship from medical bills and recovery. It’s a frightening experience that can be overwhelming and stressful to say the least which is why we highly recommend getting a lawyer to handle your case & ensure you are getting fair compensation for your injuries.
We Handle The Insurance Companies & At-Fault Parties
Often times, riders are not fully aware or informed of the personal coverage available to them in the event of an accident. This coverage includes but is not limited to, ‘uninsured’, or ‘underinsured’ coverage. This is personal coverage for the rider to protect themselves, and any passenger, in the event the other party either has no coverage or inadequate coverage to provide compensation for injuries.
At Rector Stuzynski LLC, we have over 30 years of experience and can help guide you through the process during this difficult time. We will be happy to provide you with information and will make every effort to answer all questions you may have about your motorcycle accident case. We find that when people who have been injured are free from having to deal with the overwhelming expectations of insurance companies, it allows that person time to focus on healing. Let us handle the claims of medical bills, lost wages and compensation for other damages, such as pain and suffering so that you get a fair compensation package from your El Paso County motorcycle accident claim and a faster recovery.
Common Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents In El Paso County
There are many different causes of motorcycle accidents, some being the fault of the rider, some being the fault of other drivers or even poor road conditions. All of them play a big role in how your motorcycle injury case will be handled and who ultimately was at fault for the accident. Below are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in El Paso County.
Lane Splitting – While it may be faster for you to get to work by lane splitting in traffic, drivers aren’t expecting motorcyclists to be coming up on them when traffic is barely moving and drivers all too often change lanes while a rider is passing, causing an accident.
Distracted Drivers – People on their cell phones, eating, changing the music, talking to friends or many other scenarios draw the driver’s attention away from the road meaning they are much less likely to see a motorcycle on the roads around them.
Blind Spots – Many drivers have blind spots that prevent them from seeing entire cars sometimes so small vehicles like motorcycles can be even harder to spot which is why you see a lot of riders on the edges of their lane, to ensure other drivers can see them in their mirrors to avoid unnecessary collisions.
Sudden Stops – Motorcycles can stop much faster than other vehicles, so avoid making sudden stops or turns as drivers may not expect it and hit you from behind or even at stoplights because they didn’t see you on their approach.
Car Doors Being Opened – Unaware drivers and passengers open their doors all the time without looking for oncoming traffic and this ends up causing a lot of motorcycle accidents every year.
Unsafe Road Conditions – Weather changes quickly in El Paso County and that can mean riding in great weather to very bad weather in a matter of minutes. Always pull over and wait it out in a safe place until the roads are safe to ride on again.
Mechanical Failures – Motorcycle parts can and do fail sometimes and cause terrible accidents. These can be the fault of the manufacturer or the rider depending on maintenance and other factors.
Impaired Drivers or Riders – Drivers as well as riders who are impaired are far more likely to get in an accident than if they are sober. Always remain sober when riding as it is dangerous even when you are sober and other impaired drivers probably aren’t looking for motorcycles very much.
Intersections & Left Turns – Since motorcycles are so much smaller than cars, they are harder to see which can mean unknowing drivers pulling out in front of you as you go through an intersection or making a left turn. These accidents occur all the time and are usually the fault of the driver that pulled out in front of you. Some circumstances like speeding may put the blame partially on the rider though so always remain under the speed limit.
Not So Fun Fact: Over 40% of motorcycle accidents occur as a result of another vehicle turning left while the motorcyclist drives straight.
Tips On How To Handle An Accident
The list below was prepared by the office of noted attorney Terry Rector who is very experienced in representing individuals who have unfortunately been involved in a motorcycle accident in El Paso County. The steps below are important to preserve your health and rights.
Top ten things to do if you are involved in a motorcycle accident:
- Call for assistance from the Police (they will help assist in the exchange of insurance information between the involved parties). If the accident is really bad, dial 911.
- Do not leave the scene of the accident.
- Make sure you are safe from other moving vehicles.
- Seek medical attention – often times you may not notice immediate injuries due to shock.
- Do not talk with the other party regarding fault or apologize.
- If you are able, take photographs at the scene and of any injuries you have.
- Follow up with your primary care physician.
- Report the accident to your insurance company and verify medical payment coverage available to you under your motorcycle policy. (This coverage will cover your initial medical bills)
- Avoid providing statements to the insurance company for the other party involved in the accident until you have had time to recover from the initial shock of the accident, and ideally until you have consulted with a competent Motorcycle Accident Attorney. Never speak with the insurance company about the accident if you are still taking medication for your injuries. You want to be in the clearest state of mind possible.
- Be able to put your mind at ease and focus on healing by letting Rector Stuzynski LLC handle all of the aspects of your motorcycle injury claim.
The Most Common Injuries We See
- Lower leg and foot injuries
- Fractures & broken bones
- Concussions / Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Organ damage
- Internal injuries
- Road rash
- Hand & wrist injuries
Recovering from these types of injuries can take time, and medical expenses will accumulate quickly. The statute of limitations in El Paso County for motorcycle accidents is three years, so you may think that time is on your side. While this is true, it is beneficial to consult a El Paso County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer soon after the accident to seek advice. All too often, an insurance company will try to settle a claim quickly with a lowball offer that will not cover what you need or deserve.
Is Your Claim Valid?
How Long Does It Take To Settle A Case?
Each El Paso County motorcycle accident claim is slightly different and will have to be handled individually, but many times the case can be settled outside of court with negotiations between the two parties. If this is the case, it will likely be settled in a few months to a year and a half, depending on things such as investigation, demonstrating fault, compensation amounts and more. If both parties can agree on these factors just mentioned, then the process can be finalized within a short amount of time. However, when both parties cannot agree on what happened or don’t think the compensation package is fair, then it could go to trial and take years to resolve.
Who Is Responsible & How To Prove Liability
How Much Time Do I Have To File A Claim?
In El Paso County, you have up to 3 years to file your motorcycle accident claim from the date of the accident. Even though that gives you a long period of time to file, you should always consult with your attorney on this matter because many times waiting is not the best option. This is because witness testimony is harder to get after such a long period of time and some of the physical evidence may no longer be available for a variety of reasons, which can hurt your claim in the long run. Generally it is best to begin gathering information or working with an attorney within a few months of the accident, and waiting until the appropriate time to either settle the claim or file a lawsuit.
What Our Attorneys Do For You
All of this is our standard procedure, so that our clients can proceed with their claim worry free, knowing they have the best attorneys in El Paso County handling the case for them. With decades of experience handling motorcycle accident claims, you can expect excellent results with very little effort as we handle it all for you. Don’t settle for less, settle for the best with Rector Stuzynski LLC.
How Much Can I Get In For My Injuries?
What Compensation Is Available For Crash Victims?
Every motorcycle accident will have to be examined and handled according to its individual circumstances, but on a general note, victims of accidents are entitled to compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages from being unable to work and more. Below is a more in-depth list of what our motorcycle accident attorneys may be able to recover for you:
- Past and future lost wages
- Past and future medical expenses
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
- Physical impairment
- Punitive damages(only in some cases)
Can I Still Get Compensation If I Was Partially At Fault?
Here in El Paso County, we use comparative negligence to determine the percentage of fault from both parties in an accident. This means that after all of the evidence is presented, we determine if both parties were at fault and if so, exactly how much of the accident was the fault of each person. So you may have been 10% at fault in causing the accident which would then mean that any compensation you are entitled to would be reduced by that 10%. If your fault percentage is greater than 50%, then you would not be eligible for compensation at all. Understanding your role in the accident can make a big difference in determining if it is worth filing an injury lawsuit, so make sure to give your lawyer all of the facts and don’t hide information from them because it could end up costing you some or all of your compensation package.
Popular Motorcycle Routes Where Accidents Occur Often
El Paso County is a beautiful place to go for a motorcycle ride, with endless winding mountain roads you can lean into. These roads come with dangers as well though and many of these popular routes are home to motorcycle accidents regularly. With falling rocks, sand or dirt in the roads, cars coming over the middle line and more, every rider must proceed with caution on these routes. Some of these routes are:
- Mount Evans Scenic and Historic Byway, from Idaho Springs to Mount Evans
- San Juan Skyway Scenic and Historic Byway, including Cortez, Telluride, Placerville, Ridgway, Ouray, Silverton, and Durango
- Top of the Rockies Scenic and Historic Byway from Twin Lakes to Minturn
- Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway from Pueblo to Westcliffe to Colorado City
- Independence Pass on Highway 82 from Glenwood Springs to Twin Lakes
- Unaweep/Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway, from Whitewater to Placerville
- Trail Ridge Road Scene and Historic Byway, from Estes Park to Grand Lake
Contact Our Law Firm For Help With Your Case
At Rector Stuzynski LLC, we understand that our clients are passionate about riding motorcycles across El Paso County and we are here for you in the unfortunate event that you are ever involved in a motorcycle accident. With the winding mountainous roads, constant road construction, quick weather changes and an abundance of distracted drivers, it is more dangerous than ever to be riding a motorcycle.
We have a great depth of experience assisting injured motorcycle riders, and can help you get through your accident claim and recover anything you are owed from the at-fault parties. We take pride in helping riders throughout El Paso County and would be happy to help you with your case. Our consultations are always free and available 24/7 over the phone at (719) 578-1106 or feel free to stop by our office during business hours to speak with one of our El Paso County motorcycle accident lawyers.
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Areas We Serve
We serve clients injured in motorcycle accidents anywhere throughout the state of Colorado, but we focus on residents of these areas: Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Fountain, Briargate, Monument, Black Forest, Pueblo, Canon City, Larkspur, Security-Widefield, Peyton, Falcon, Calhan, Castle Rock, Teller County, El Paso County, Elbert County, Park County, Douglas County and beyond.
At Rector Stuzynski LLC, we help injury victims all over the state of Colorado. Here is a detailed list of the areas we serve:
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