It’s easy to tell why Colorado residents and visitors are walking or riding bicycles in increasing numbers…out state’s wonderful climate, vast unspoiled areas and inviting cities provide a wonderful environment for getting out in the fresh air.
We’d know – our entire firm virtually jumps at the opportunity for anything from a nice walk to a 30-mile bike ride. And in more urban areas, it’s often much easier to just walk or ride a bike than it is to drive.
The joy of getting out in the fresh air and being physically active does carry some risk though. For bicyclists and pedestrians, much of this risk involves the cars and trucks traveling along the roadway, often times at very high speeds.
If a car or truck strikes you while walking or riding your bike along the roadway, the effects can be devastating, if not fatal
Under Colorado law, if a driver is clearly at-fault, you do have grounds for a personal injury claim.
Colorado is in fact a “contributory negligence” state, meaning that accident victims, especially cyclists and pedestrians, are allowed to recover damages provided they were less than 50% at-fault for the accident.
This of course doesn’t exempt proving fault on the part of the driver - you must be able to prove the driver was negligent in their obligations to drive safely and observe the proper rules of the road.
An experienced attorney familiar with bicycle and pedestrian accidents can skillfully determine fault and help you obtain your rightful compensation
Failure to be aware of everyone on the roadway is, more often than not, the prime cause of these types of accidents. Perhaps a driver approached an intersection too fast. Or, they failed to properly yield to pedestrians while going through a crosswalk. Accidents of this nature are especially common in large metropolises like Denver or in college towns like Boulder.
And sadly, driving under the influence is a big culprit too.
If you were struck by a vehicle while walking or riding your bicycle, it’s imperative you speak with an attorney as soon as possible…the sooner you file a claim for damages, the sooner you can receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and more.
Aside from being an avid cyclist himself, attorney R. Mack Babcock and support staff at the Babcock Law Firm in Denver passionately represents pedestrians and bicyclists injured by driver negligence.
If you or a loved one has been tragically affected by a careless driver, it’s imperative you maintain careful records and discuss your case with a lawyer who specializes in accidents involving bicyclists and pedestrians.
Delaying could put your claim in jeopardy!
Contact pedestrian accident attorney R. Mack Babcock today to discuss your individual case – you can either call our Denver offices weekdays at (303) 683-5033 or complete our quick contact form anytime.