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 motorcycle accident claim and a faster recovery.
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 Colorado Springs.
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 Colorado 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.
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. The steps below are important to preserve your health and rights.
Top ten things to do if you are involved in a motorcycle accident:
Recovering from these types of injuries can take time, and medical expenses will accumulate quickly. The statute of limitations in Colorado for automobile accidents is three years, so you may think that time is on your side. While this is true, it is beneficial to consult a Colorado Springs 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.
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:
At Rector Stuzynski LLC, we understand that our clients are passionate about riding motorcycles across the beautiful state of Colorado 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 Colorado 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 motorcycle accident lawyers.
“Never Ride Faster Than Your Angel Can Fly!”