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 personal injury 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.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Car vs. Bike Crash?
Colorado Revised Statutes § 13-80-102 sets forth a two-year statute of limitations for filing a general personal injury action. This period of time is extended under § 13-80-101(n) to three years for accidents involving motor vehicles, such as a car vs. bike crash. This means that if you have been injured in a bicycle accident in the Denver region, in most situations, you will only have three years from the date of your injury to take legal action against the driver of the motor vehicle. If you fail to meet the statutory deadline, you will be barred from filing a lawsuit for damages arising out of the accident.
Because statutes of limitations can be confusing and the time for filing a claim is relatively short, it is critical to seek assistance from a skilled Denver personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after a bike accident occurs. An experienced attorney at Levine Law can advise you of your options and help you secure the full compensation you are entitled to.
Contact Levine Law, a Denver Bicycle Accident Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident, it is important that you consult with an experienced Denver bicycle 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 injury 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 or reach out to us online for a free consultation.