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Bike riding is a common hobby and a means to commute, and thousands of people throughout the Denver area ride their bikes on a daily basis. Despite laws intended to protect bike riders and make the roads safe, automobile drivers often do not know how to share the road with bicyclists. This can make biking a dangerous pastime, and bike riders can sustain serious, sometimes fatal, injuries in a bicycle accident.
A negligent driver who causes a bicycle accident can be held responsible for the consequences of the accident. The driver can be made to compensate the injured rider or the surviving family members for damages arising from the incident. Bicycle accident victims should contact an experienced Denver accident attorney for assistance in pursuing legal action against negligent drivers.
The Dangers of Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents occur for many reasons. Common causes of bike accidents include:
- Drivers failing to see bike riders because the driver is distracted, too tired or drunk
- Drivers failing to yield the right-of-way to bicycle riders
- Drivers losing control of their vehicles due to speeding or poor weather
- Drivers not giving bike riders sufficient time to cross or sufficient space on the roads
- Drivers veering into bicycle lanes
- Bicycle riders crossing or entering oncoming traffic without looking
In almost every bike accident, the driver of the passenger vehicle involved in the crash is at least partly to blame for the accident. This means that the driver can be held liable for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and even wrongful death. If the bike accident victim was partly responsible for the crash, the driver can still be made to pay, but the compensation will be reduced by the cyclist’s percentage of fault.
Contact the Denver Accident Law Firm of Levine Law
If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident, it is important that you consult with an experienced Denver accident attorney. The injured bicyclist will need to prove that the driver was careless or negligent and that this negligence was the direct cause of the accident. The automobile accident attorneys at Levine Law have 20 years of experience representing plaintiffs injured in auto accidents and bicycle accidents. Contact Levine Law today at (303) 333–8000 for a free consultation.