Category Archives: Motorcycle Accidents
Riding a motorcycle is all about feeling free and alive and living on the edge. But, along with that excitement, motorcycles have an increased risk of accidents and injuries. Motorcyclists are far outnumbered by cars, trucks, SUVs and other motor vehicles and many drivers are unaware of the risks facing those who ride.
When you’ve been in a car or motorcycle accident in Colorado, you may feel your injuries immediately or you may feel just fine. But all accidents are traumatic to the victim in some way. They can cause emotional, mental, and physical symptoms. However, in many cases, you could experience delayed symptoms which may not show up until several days after an accident has occurred.
It’s tough to keep a cool head after an auto accident. Even if you and your passengers come out seemingly unhurt, you may still feel bewildered, frightened, or angry. Maintaining presence of mind after an accident is important, however, since what you say and do after a wreck can greatly affect your settlement after the car accident.
As the weather warms, more and more motorcycles are populating the roads. Veteran motorcyclists don’t skip a beat, quickly hitting the open road with grace and skill. But not all motorcyclists are seasoned veterans. Some of these riders may have little experience driving on roads, traffic-populated or otherwise.
Riding a new motorcycle can be a little intimidating for the inexperienced. Unlike automobile drivers, motorcyclists have no exterior shield around them to protect against most collisions. This means that motorcyclists must be constantly aware of their surroundings.
Motorcyclists must always keep a keen eye out for vehicles making lane changes or abruptly braking. They must be careful not to drift into the blind spots of big trucks on the freeway. They must be fully aware of cars that might be approaching from behind them. These are just some of the elements of the open road that must be constantly monitored by motorcyclists. But even the most experienced motorcyclists are not immune to accidents. To really know the ropes and avoid a costly collision, here are a few safety tips from an experienced motorcyclist and accident lawyer that all motorcyclists must know before they hit the summer roads.
Motorcycle Riding Tips and Tricks
Equip yourself with safety gear. If an accident causes you to fall from your bike, your body will meet coarse pavement with significant velocity. If you’re wearing casual clothes like a T-shirt, jeans, and sandals, you’re going to suffer severe (and perhaps unrecoverable) injuries. You need the right gear to help keep you as safe as possible in the event of an accident. Listed below is the gear that you should wear to reduce your chance of serious injury:
- Motorcycle helmet (make sure the helmet has the DOT certification sticker on it!)
- Leather or other reinforced jacket
- Full pants
- Over-the-ankle footwear
It might get warm underneath all that protective gear, so be sure that the material is breathable to keep you both safe and comfortable.
Check for and avoid bad weather. You should check the weather every time you go anywhere on your motorcycle. Rain, for example, creates slippery conditions on the road which greatly increases your risk of being involved in a serious accident. It also obstructs and reduces your vision—and when you are a new rider, you need a clear and unimpeded sight of the road.
Always ride defensively. Every move you make must be certain and exact: never assume. Not every driver is on the look out for a motorcycle in their mirrors and many of them won’t see you. Make sure that you use your astute skills of observation at every intersection and keep your fingers on your brakes just in case.
What to Do If You Get Into an Accident
Not even the best riders are safe from the risks associated with motorcycle driving. If you are ever to get into an accident, here are a few tips on what you should do.
- Call 911 and collect information. Assuming you are not in dire need of medical attention, call 911 to report the accident. Write down or photograph the make, model, and license plate numbers of all vehicles involved in the accident. Take snapshots of the accident to provide visual evidence for your insurance claim.
- Contact the Bendinelli Law Firm. You need a motorcycle accident lawyer that is proficient in both local and state motorcycle laws. A quality personal injury attorney in Denver can help you monetarily by getting you the compensation you are owed (e.g. medical bills associated with motorcycle injuries, bike damage, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and other accident-related costs).
This month is Motorcycle Awareness Month in Colorado and the Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to be safe. In 2015, motorcycle fatalities in Colorado reached triple figures―the highest they have ever been in the state. The Department recorded 106 deaths.
This figure is an 11.7% percent increase from 2014 and a massive 20% increase from 2013. With these fatalities on the rise, the Department of Transportation has launched an awareness campaign to encourage both experienced and new riders to take part in safety training courses.
Motorcycle Fatalities in Colorado Spark Awareness Campaign
The safety training course is aimed at teaching riders the necessary skills required to keep themselves safe on the road. Being able to stop quickly, navigate obstacles and plan emergency escape routes are all a part of riding a motorcycle. Further details about the campaign can be found on the Colorado Department of Transportation website.
In addition to the Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month campaign, and as bikers get ready for the summer riding season, the Department of Transportation is launching its recent variation of the popular and award-wining Ride Wise campaign to promote rider training. Messages such as “train for the wind, before you ride like it” and “live free, die old,” make up the latest campaign. The Department has also published geographic locations and population segments of motorcycle fatalities in Colorado. The whole idea is that motorcyclists become aware of the benefits of motorcycle safety training courses and take action to enroll in a course.
The Colorado Motorcycle Operator Safety Training program is made up of 12 vendors across Colorado that offer courses for different riding abilities and skill levels. The course includes classroom education and real-life application so that riders are able to develop safe riding habits and learn to be better prepared to react in dangerous situations as quickly as possible.
A Look at the Campaign Tactics
So what tactics are the department using to build awareness?
They are concentrating their efforts right at the start of the riding season with media including billboards, digital advertising, and online videos. The Department has also partnered with various dealerships in an attempt to reach out to riders as they take to their bikes this season. All the tactics are aimed at pointing riders to the Department’s website where riders can find and enroll for certified training courses throughout Colorado.
What The Statistics Show
Preliminary data has shown that of the 106 deaths that occurred in 2015, an overwhelming 78% of fatalities were between 16 – 55 years old and 94% of those who died were male. What’s more, El Paso, Denver, and Jefferson counties also saw higher fatality rates which accounted for just under half of the crash locations.
According to Patrick Rice, a Colorado State Patrol Trooper, many motorcycle related incidents occur because riders are not driving within their ability. A mere split-second lapse of judgement can lead to the loss of lives. Trooper Rice has also been reported as mentioning that even though helmets are not a requirement when riding a motorcycle, they can make the difference between life and death.
Do You Require the Services of a Motorcycle Injury Attorney in Denver?
Founding Partner, Marco F. Bendinelli and his son Julian M. Bendinelli are both experienced motorcycle riders and they understand the challenges of riding on Colorado roadways. They also understand the challenges of representing victims of Colorado motorcycle accidents.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a motorcycle accident, contact the experienced motorcycle injury attorneys in Denver at the Bendinelli Law Firm. They will help you obtain the best outcome for your motorcycle injury case.