With its scenic views and a nice combination of wide open and curving roadways, Colorado is a great place to ride a motorcycle. Many individuals find this activity to be peaceful and relaxing, but a negligent driver can turn a joyful ride into a living nightmare in a matter of seconds. Since motorcyclists are without the protections afforded to occupants of passenger vehicles, they often suffer serious injuries in accidents. Far too often these injuries can lead to disability and death, which is why those who are affected by a motorcycle accident need to carefully consider their legal options.
As with personal injury claims arising out of other motor vehicle accidents, injured motorcyclists must prove negligence and causation before they can recover compensation for their damages. Proving negligence in a motorcycle accident case may look slightly different than auto accident cases, though, depending on the fact at hand. For example, in about two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents the driver of another vehicle failed to yield the right of way of the motorcyclist. This is usually because motorcycles are smaller than automobiles, so motorists often fail to visually recognize them before turning out in front of them.
The sad reality is that motorcyclists are at a significantly higher risk of being injured or killed in an accident. Those who are fortunate enough to survive their crash can still be left with extensive damages. Unexpected and unplanned for medical expenses can be financially debilitating, and lost wages can make it difficult to make ends meet. The pain and suffering alone can be enough to leave an accident victim feeling overwhelmed. Surviving family members of those who are killed in these wrecks can face similar losses in addition to funeral costs and loss of support.
Motorcycle accidents are far too common in Colorado. In many instances they occur because other motorists are distracted, drunk, high or inattentive. Such behavior is unacceptable, which is why these negligent drivers need to be held accountable for their actions.