Many Colorado residents have turned to cycling as an alternative mode of transportation and exercise. In fact, Colorado has recently witnessed one of the largest bicycle booms in the nation. Consequently, cities throughout Colorado, including Denver, are making streets safer for bicyclists by renovating roads and implementing new measures for bike safety. Notwithstanding these efforts, the annual statistics for bike v. auto collisions remain significant. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, 726 cyclists were killed and an additional 49,000 were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. These figures are 6 percent higher than in 2011.
The bike injury lawyers at the law offices of Bowman & Chamberlain, LLC, handle every type of bicycle accident case throughout Colorado. Bicycle accidents present unique legal issues that require an expertise beyond typical auto accidents. Insurance coverage is different. The laws regarding traffic collisions apply differently. The injuries commonly faced by cyclists while riding a bike are different.
According to Colorado law, bicyclists have ultimately the same rights and are subject to the same responsibilities as other vehicles. While some bicycle collisions are caused by bicycle-operator error, the vast majority of injurious collisions occur as a result of a motor vehicle operated by negligent drivers, reckless drivers, drunk drivers, and otherwise criminally-liable drivers. Unfortunately, many motorists drive without regard to both vehicles and bicycles, cyclists pay the price. With very little to protect them, their injuries can be very severe and oftentimes permanent.
In conjunction with various bicycle-advocacy and community groups throughout Denver, the bike injury lawyers at Bowman & Chamberlain, LLC, are working to make the roadways of Colorado safer. We developed this site to promote bicycle safety in an effort to prevent accidents from happening. Through our efforts, we hope to create safer roads, stronger communities, and a bicycle-friendly America.
In addition to educating cyclists and motorists about the rules of the road, we are also geared to inform cyclists how to handle a personal injury accident. The trauma of being in an accident is enough to deal with. Victims do not need the additional stress of fighting insurance companies over compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other expenses.
Insurance companies do not have a strong business and financial incentive to pay an injured cyclist reasonable compensation after an accident. In fact, the unfortunate reality is that the insurance company will devalue a claim and pay as little as possible if the injured cyclist is not represented by an attorney. Simply put, when an unrepresented victim attempts to handle an insurance claim without the assistance of an attorney, there is no threat of litigation.
An injury victim may not find it necessary to retain counsel immediately after an accident because the insurance adjuster seems very reasonable. They may have even accepted liability and agreed to pay the medical bills. Later on, however, the insurance adjuster may claim the bills were unnecessary or unreasonable. Alternatively, the adjuster may state the cyclist should not receive compensation for pain and suffering even though the cyclist has suffered from a serious disability as a result of the collision. The adjuster may even state the cyclist was partially to blame for the accident.
The experienced bike injury lawyers at Bowman & Chamberlain, LLC, refuse to allow an insurance company to make these dishonest arguments. If you or a loved one has been injured by a careless, negligent, reckless, or drunk driver, we strongly recommend you contact us immediately. Oftentimes, delays can result in the loss of important evidence or the loss of a better bargaining position in negotiations with the driver or the driver's insurance company. Our personal injury attorneys will protect and enforce your right to compensation.
When you contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation, our attorneys will meet with you and answers any questions you have. We will walk you thought the settlement/ litigation process so you understand. We will also give you our sincere evaluation as to whether you will benefit from our services. If we believe you will not benefit by our services, we will tell you that you will come out with more money in your pocket if you handle your case on your own.
When handling your bicycle-accident cases, the Denver-based law firm of Bowman & Chamberlain, LLC,will not take a quick settlement merely to boost our bottom line, as is the practice of so many personal injury firms. Instead, we will work to the best of our ability to get you every single dollar you deserve. From the start, our attorneys will design a strategy to maximize your bike-accident compensation. We will consider the facts and explain which legal claims to bring on your behalf. These may include claims for negligence, negligence per se, recklessness, insurance bad faith, agency/ vicarious liability, negligent entrustment, and negligent infliction of emotional distress. We will work with your medical providers to prove your injuries are real and hire accident-reconstruction experts to establish liability.
Our clients have all been extremely happy and satisfied with our case results. Feel free to contact the bike accident lawyers of Bowman & Chamberlain, LLC, for a free consultation. If you have any questions, call us at 720.863.6904 or email today.
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