Teller County Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Fewer motorcycle accidents take place on Teller County streets each year than car or truck accidents. However, when a motorcycle crash occurs, motorcyclists are more likely to suffer serious injuries than those inside a car or truck, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
The Colorado State Patrol reports that the rate of motorcycle accidents in Colorado has increased in recent years. Between 1997 and 2005, the rate of motorcycle crashes more than doubled in the Teller County area. Throughout the state, about 90 motorcyclists lose their lives each year, and over 1,500 more are injured.
After a motorcycle crash, you may wonder how to protect your legal rights and get the compensation you need if another person's negligence has led to your injuries. At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., our skilled Teller County, CO injury attorneys can help you answer these questions and protect yourself and your family.
Motorcyclists are more likely to be injured because they are more exposed to the forces of a crash than someone inside a vehicle. While many motorcyclists wear protective gear, it's not always enough to defend against all possible injuries.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents in Teller County include:
- Driver error, especially failure to keep a proper lookout for bikers;
- Driver or pedestrian distraction by cell phones or other items;
- Hidden defects in motorcycle parts or safety gear;
- Improperly-performed bike maintenance or repairs; and
- Dangerous road surfaces or intersections.
Helmets are the number-one way to reduce the risk and severity of injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The State Patrol notes that more than 75 percent of those who die in motorcycle crashes within Colorado each year weren't wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Because motorcyclists are 34 times more likely to die in a crash than vehicle passengers, safety precautions like helmets are crucial.
Severe injuries that a motorcycle crash may cause include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Fractured bones
- "Road rash" injuries to skin
- Crushed or amputated limbs
- Heat burns from hot bike or car parts
Most of these injuries cause permanent scarring or other disabilities, and all of them require immediate medical attention. Traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries are among the most expensive types of motorcycle crash injuries to treat, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These two serious injuries often require care in an intensive care unit (ICU), followed by weeks or even years of physical therapy and rehabilitation. These costs can add up and create undue financial stress.
If you've been injured in a motorcycle crash, you have the right to find out what happened and to hold any negligent parties accountable for your injuries. At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., our dedicated Teller County auto accident lawyers can help you investigate your accident, file any insurance claims, and hold negligent parties responsible so you can get the compensation you need. For a free, confidential case evaluation, contact our office today at (719) 475-2555.