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Denver Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Even though both motorists and cyclists use the road, each would rather do so without interference from the other. However, their close proximity puts cyclists in far more danger than motorists. Therefore, it is imperative that motorists are aware of this vulnerability and follow certain tips to make the road safer for everyone. Likewise, bicyclists must be responsible for their own safety. Even the most experienced of Denver cyclists can always benefit from a safety refresher course.

Dangerous Scenarios for Cyclists

Intersections continue to be a dangerous area for bicyclists. According to available numbers, 35 percent of all fatal bicycle accidents occurred when the cyclist was trying to cross a roadway. Drivers may not see the cyclist or they may have ignored the right-of-way laws at the time of the collision.

Another dangerous scenario for cyclists is the so-called multiple threat. This happens when one vehicle stops for a pedestrian on a multi-lane road, but the motorist in the next lane does not.

Limited visibility at driveway and parking lot entrances increase the odds of cyclists being struck by motor vehicles as they cross them. Cyclists should always stop and check that the way is clear before crossing, because while motorists check the road for other vehicles, they may not look for bicycles.

Bicycle accidents can result in gruesome injuries and even death. Abrasions, cuts, brain injuries, broken bones, busted teeth, closed head trauma, and coma are some of the injuries sustained by bicyclists. Friction burn and amputation are also known results of an impact to a bicycle rider.

Safety Tips for Motorists

By adhering to these simple steps, you can do your part to reduce bicycle accidents:

  • When passing a cyclist, be sure to give a wide berth- over 15 states have passed a 3-foot rule.
  • Check your mirrors and blind spots for cyclists before initiating turns.
  • Don’t drive impaired or distracted.
  • Always obey the posted speed limits.
  • Look before opening your door, especially when parked on the street.

Bicycle Safety Tips

To help avoid bicycle accidents follow these tips:

  • Maximize your visibility. Wear light colored or reflective clothing, and make sure your bicycle is outfitted with reflectors and lights.
  • Stay attentive when approaching an intersection.
  • Adjusting your lane position to the left as you approach an intersection will make you more visible to drivers.
  • Try to ride single file when riding with friends.
  • Never ride impaired or distracted.
  • Never ride against traffic. Not only is it illegal for bicycles to do this, it is also very dangerous and accounts for a large portion of bicycle accidents.

Contact Our Colorado Bicycle Accident Lawyers

Denver Bicycle Accident Attorneys, Fuicelli & Lee, P.C.If you or someone you love was injured in a bicycle accident in Denver, it is important to understand the complications that can arise. Insurance companies may pressure you to sign a quick settlement. Don’t sign anything without first speaking to one of our experienced Denver bicycle accident attorneys. Contact the law firm of Fuicelli & Lee, PC, for a free case evaluation. You pay nothing unless you receive a financial settlement or award. Call our office at 303-355-7202 or fill out our confidential contact form.

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