Although many people continue to refrain from riding to work out of fear, an estimated 57 million people rode a bicycle at least once during 2011.  Thus, the number of people killed in relation to the number of cyclists at any given time is incredibly small.  More specifically, it is reasonable to assume less than one percent of all bicycle riders will suffer a fatal accident in any given year. Despite the seemingly alarming statistics, serious injuries from automobile v. bike accidents are relatively uncommon occurrences.  In fact, most bicycle accidents are solo accidents involving a defect or some other hazard on the road or trail. 

When these types of accidents happen, police officers are given the job of figuring out who was legally responsible. This can be a very complicated process, especially when certain defenses are raised. According to Colorado law, negligence occurs when a driver's behavior falls short of the conduct of a "reasonable person."  The "reasonable person" standard is a legal fiction created to define our community's view on how a reasonable person in the community should have behaved in a given situation.  In determining whether a driver was sufficient careful, it is necessary to ask how a reasonable, prudent person would have behaved in the same or similar circumstances.  If the driver's behavior falls short of this standard, that driver has violated the duty of reasonable care.  An accident is almost always the result of someone's negligence.  If the negligent party is the driver of the vehicle, the cyclist has a legal right to be compensated for his or her injuries. 

The physical damage that can result from an automobile vs. bike accident is often debilitating or life altering for the cyclist.  If the impact was very serious, the cyclist could be subject to various injuries, including the following:

  • Broken Bones
  • Bruises
  • Dental Damage
  • Facial Lacerations
  • Head Trauma
  • ​Herniated Discs
  • Internal Organ Trauma
  • Paraplegia or quadriplegia
  • Scrapes
  • ​Death

The injuries a bicycle accident victim can sustain are frequently severe enough to put the cyclist in the hospital for days or even weeks. They might require surgery and a lengthy hospital stay.  Equally as important, an injury victim may sustain damages beyond physicality.  Cyclists should make an effort to understand the rules of the road because this knowledge may be the difference between a serious injury and a close call.  Because the legal process following a bicycle accident can be very complex, a cyclist who has suffered anything more than minor injuries should always discuss their case with an experienced personal injury attorney to help fight for maximum compensation.

Colorado's 300 days of sunshine makes this state an ideal destination for bicycle enthusiasts. Unfortunately, so many citizens fear being involved in an accident that they chose to refrain from cycling altogether.  In fact, this fear has become the greatest impediment to getting more bikes on the road. As experienced personal injury attorneys in Denver, we sometimes see some terrible and traumatic accidents.    

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