125 motorcyclists died on Colorado roads in 2016, according to data from the Denver Post. These accidents were caused by a variety of factors from motorcycle operator error to inclement weather. While a motorcycle accident can occur at anytime and to anyone, it is important to know that there are some factors that are more serious than others. In fact, some factors that cause motorcycle accidents are entirely preventable.
Common Factors in Many Denver Motorcycle Accidents
There are a variety of factors involved in motorcycle accidents, including:
- Visibility – Auto drivers are notoriously lax in spotting motorcycles, leading to an increased number of motorcycle accidents. Motorcycles are smaller visual targets and much more likely to be obscured by other vehicles, particularly when a driver is changing lanes or backing out of a driveway or parking lot.
- Intersections – The number one place where motorcyclists are hit by automobiles is in intersections; the driver of the passenger vehicle makes a left-hand turn, failing to see an oncoming motorcyclist or misjudging the speed of the motorcyclist.
- Sharing the Road – Drivers may also open their door into traffic causing the motorcyclist to either collide with the door or swerve dangerously in an attempt to miss it.
- Road Hazards – Road hazards which a full-sized car may have no trouble with can cause a motorcyclist to have a serious accident. Changes in pavement height, for example, which can occur when roadways are being resurfaced or potholes which have not been repaired can cause a serious motorcycle accident.
- Poor weather – Inclement weather can lead to motorcycle collisions, particularly when fog or rain lessens the visibility of the motorist even more than normal.
- Distracted driving – drivers who drive while texting or who engage in distracted driving behaviors are more likely to get into a serious accident with a motorcyclist. When distracted on cell phones, they’re less likely to recognize a motorcycle in their pathway.
Insurance companies often deny motorcycle accident claims, due to bias and preconceived notions that the motorcyclist must have been at fault. Although the insurance adjuster may tell you that you do not need an attorney, it can be a huge mistake to attempt to negotiate an equitable settlement with an insurance company on your own. Because most people are not fully cognizant of the value of their case, an insurance adjuster may be quick to take advantage of this fact.
Contact Our Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Denver, Boulder, Aurora, Littleton, or anywhere in the state of Colorado, it is important to seek legal assistance immediately. Call Denver attorney Robert Paysinger today to discuss your case. Our law firm offers FREE case consultations and can be reached at 303.279.0221.
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