In 2012, the number of cyclists killed in motor vehicle collisions increased by 6% to over 725 fatalities. An additional 49,000 bicyclists were injured in accidents across the country. Urban areas, like Denver, see the most bicyclists killed and injured—especially at busy intersections. Despite being a bicycle-friendly state, Colorado is home to some of the most horrific bicycle accidents each and every year.
Bicyclists have very little protection from crashes—even when they are wearing a helmet. As a result, cyclists usually sustain serious and life-threatening injuries—even in low-speed crashes. These injuries can result in permanent disability, chronic and debilitating pain, and even death. Common bicycle injuries include:
From texting and driving to drunk driving, bicycle accidents can be caused by just about anything. Most commonly, however, bicyclists are injured when drivers are distracted and fail to notice them on the road. They may be using their cellphone while driving, driving aggressively, or even driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drivers may accidentally make a left turn into an oncoming bicyclist or fail to yield the right of way to a bicyclist at an intersection. While bicyclists have the same rights to the road as other motorists, many drivers do not realize this. As a result, tragic and often fatal bicycle accidents occur.
If you are lucky enough to survive a bicycle accident, you may still find yourself suffering from severe injuries. These injuries can often take months—and even years to fully recover from. Some bicyclists are never able to ride again—and others may even have difficulty regaining their mobility after an accident. As a result, they may lose their jobs and be unable to provide for their families. When this occurs, an experienced Longmont bicycle accident attorney can help.
Your attorney can help you obtain compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitation, long-term care, and pain and suffering. You may even need money to help pay for lost wages and loss of future earnings. Sadly, insurance companies don’t always want to pay bicyclists. They often offer bicyclists a low-ball injury settlement that is designed to reduce their liabilities and their payouts. Sadly is only a fraction of what injured cyclists need to fully recover from their injuries—and get their lives back on track. These initial settlements rarely take into account any missed time from work or decreased quality of life.
If you have suffered injuries in a bicycle accident in Longmont or elsewhere in the state of Colorado, it is important that you contact an experienced and qualified Longmont bicycle accident attorney immediately.
For a free initial consultation with Fuicelli & Lee, PC, send us an e-mail or call (720) 494-0444. You pay nothing unless you receive a financial settlement or award. It is simply the mission of every Longmont bicycle accident lawyer on the Fuicelli & Lee team to provide the best service possible.
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