Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Expert Legal Counsel after a Motorcycle Collision
As motorcycles continue to grow in popularity, the number of accidents involving motorcyclists is rising. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 5,290 fatalities in 2008, and countless more riders seriously injured. Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable. They are far more likely than operators of other motor vehicles to suffer from traumatic injuries and even fatalities. Reckless or dangerous drivers are often to blame for these accidents. Motorcycle accident victims are entitled to recover financial compensation from the party responsible for their injuries. Contact the motorcycle accident attorneys at the Tenge Law Firm, LLC, serving Boulder, Fort Collins, Denver, and surrounding Colorado areas, if you have recently been injured in a motorcycle accident. The Tenge Law Firm, LLC legal team has the experience and in-depth knowledge necessary to obtain top dollar for you and your family. Call (303) 502-5587 today.
Motorcycle Accident Causes
Motorcycle accidents and injuries can be caused by a number of factors, including defective roadway designs, poor weather conditions, product defects, mechanical failure (defective tires or helmets), and of course the recklessness or negligence of other drivers. Specifically, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, or disobeying traffic laws can all contribute to a collision. It’s important to be familiar with Colorado motorcycle laws to stay safe.
Even if you carefully obey all laws that apply to motorcyclists in Denver, you still cannot control the actions of other drivers. Whether a driver did not see your motorcycle because they were distracted, lost control because of impairment, or caused a crash as an act of road rage, you should not be responsible for the losses caused by a careless driver. Our law firm knows how to identify acts of negligence by other drivers and prove liability for your accident and injuries. While motorcyclists are often portrayed as reckless risk-takers on the road, we know this is not true. We know that negligent drivers often injure careful and responsible motorcyclists—and the Tenge Law Firm, LLC is here to protect your rights.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcyclists lack the protection of a car or truck. Therefore, when they collide with a car or truck, they are at a higher risk of suffering traumatic injury, including:
- Neck and back injury
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Disfiguring injury
- Broken bones
- Severe road rash
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, contact attorney J. Todd Tenge, serving Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, and surrounding areas, to schedule a free consultation. If the accident was not your fault, you may be entitled to recover financial compensation for your loss.
The Costs of Serious Injuries
Because motorcyclists are so vulnerable on the road, they regularly sustain severe or catastrophic injuries. The initial pain and stress of dealing with an injury can be difficult enough, but motorcycle accident victims often experience lasting expenses and effects of their injuries - sometimes, for the rest of their lives. Properly taking action against negligent parties is critical to recover full compensation for all of a motorcycle accident victim’s past and future losses. The following are some common damages in motorcycle accident cases.
- Medical bills - Motorcyclists often sustain severe traumatic injuries that need immediate medical care. Many motorcyclists are transported via ambulance or even a medical helicopter straight to the hospital due to the severity of their condition. Even if emergency transport is not needed, accident victims may still need to head straight to the emergency room for an evaluation and treatment. Emergency trauma care can be costly, but that is often nothing compared to the medical bills that will pile up. Motorcycle accident victims may need to be hospitalized, may require surgeries, and may need many follow-up appointments, physical therapy, medications, and more.
- Future medical care - Many catastrophic injuries require ongoing medical care long after an insurance claim or lawsuit is resolved. Just because you have not yet incurred these expenses does not mean that you should recover compensation for these losses. However, estimating future medical expenses during the course of your expected lifetime can present a serious challenge. Often, this can require the analysis of a medical expert who fully understands the nature and extent of future treatment you will require. An expert will consider any ongoing therapy, home healthcare, medical equipment replacements, medications, and other treatments that are typically necessary for the type of injury you sustained.
- Lost income - Motorcycle accident victims may have to miss work for several reasons. First, if you are in the hospital or recovering from surgery, you will obviously not be able to go to work each day. You may need to take time off work to attend doctor’s appointments or physical therapy. Even a few hours of lost income can affect your monthly budget. In addition, some injuries cause physical limitations that make it impossible for you to perform your job. For instance, a back injury can make heavy lifting or other physical work impossible. You may have to stay home from work until you are able to complete your job duties again.
- Future lost earnings - Some catastrophic injuries result in permanent disabilities that can keep you from ever being able to perform your job again. If you work in construction and suffer a spinal cord injury and permanent paralysis, it will likely be impossible for you to perform heavy construction work from a wheelchair. If you work as a physician or researcher, cognitive impairments from a traumatic brain injury may prevent you from returning to the job. Even if you can find a different job, it may pay far less and may require a change from your chosen profession. Some people may never work again and may rely on disability benefits. You deserve compensation for any earning capacity you lost for the rest of your expected working years.
- Pain and suffering - Anyone who has suffered a serious injury knows the physical pain that can come along with traumatic injuries. Pain medication often cannot mask the pain and may have its own serious side effects. For people with lasting injuries, the pain can persist indefinitely. Furthermore, dealing with a sudden, unexpected, life-changing injury can cause emotional suffering, as well. Accidents themselves can be highly traumatic and may result in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other mental conditions. You deserve to recover compensation for all the physical and emotional pain and suffering you experienced.
- Permanent disability - As mentioned, many motorcycle accident injuries can result in permanent disabilities and impairments. Paralysis, brain damage, amputations, and more can affect nearly every aspect of your life. Even a knee or leg injury can prevent you from ever playing sports or engaging in activities you once loved. Dealing with a permanent disability can be difficult and can result in a significant loss of enjoyment of life. It can also keep you from working or even caring for yourself.
- Permanent disfigurement - Many motorcycle injuries can be permanently disfiguring. Limbs may be crushed and may need to be amputated. If a motorcyclist hits the ground with their face, they may suffer severe dental damage, facial injuries, and more that can permanently change the way their face looks. Burns often cause severe disfigurement. Permanent disfigurement can not only change your abilities but may also affect your professional and/or personal life in many ways. If you worked as a model or actor and had your face disfigured, you may not be able to work in that industry anymore. The same may be true for an artist or handy person who has their hand amputated. Disfigurement can also result in social anxiety, changes in relationships, depression, and much more.
Calculating and proving your full damages after a severe motorcycle injury can prove difficult.
At the Tenge Law Firm, LLC, we work to ensure that all of your past and future losses are accounted for, whether they are financial losses or intangible damages.
Colorado has specific motorcycle laws in place that are intended to keep riders and other motorists safe. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents still happen. At the Tenge Law Firm, LLC, our experienced Boulder motorcycle accident attorney knows the ins and outs of Colorado motorcycle laws, and he can represent your rights to help you get the compensation to which you may be entitled.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Colorado, and you need an experienced motorcycle accident attorney, call J. Todd Tenge at (303) 502-5587 to schedule a free consultation.
Motorcycle Laws in Colorado
Motorcycle laws vary in every state. If you plan on riding your motorcycle in Colorado, it’s important to be familiar with the Colorado laws.
Some of the most important laws to recognize are:
- Protective gear requirements – Riders who are age 18 and older are not required to wear helmets in Colorado, however every rider, whether a driver or passenger and no matter how old, must wear some form of eye protection.
- Passenger protocols – In order to legally carry a passenger on a motorcycle in Colorado, your bike must be equipped with passenger footrests, and they must be utilized. Additionally, passengers can only ride behind the driver or in a side-car. It is illegal to for a passenger to sit in front of the driver.
- Traffic laws – As a motorcyclist, you are required to obey all of the same traffic laws as other motorists on Colorado roadways. Specific laws for motorcyclists to consider are those dealing with sharing lanes. Overtaking or passing a vehicle in the same lane is illegal, however motorcyclists can still share lanes and “co-ride” with other motorcycles. Additionally, ‘clinging’ is illegal, which includes grabbing onto another motorcycle or vehicle, especially towing.
By complying with these laws, you will not only avoid getting in trouble with the law, but you can also reduce the likelihood of being involved in an accident. Unfortunately though, there is no guarantee that your safety won’t be compromised by someone else’s negligence.
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident through no fault of your own, you need a lawyer who is well versed in the specifics of Colorado laws who can help you file a successful claim.
To find out how our experienced Boulder motorcycle accident attorney can help you, call the Tenge Law Firm, LLC at (303) 502-5587 today to schedule your complimentary case evaluation.
Hiring a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
It is in a victim’s best interests to seek the legal counsel of an experienced motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible after the accident. The Tenge Law Firm, LLC’s talented legal team can start an in-depth investigation of the accident and, based on the findings, recover compensation. With nearly 20 years of experience handling motorcycle accident claims, J. Todd Tenge of the Tenge Law Firm, LLC, is a leading Colorado injury attorney. You can trust Tenge Law Firm, LLC to obtain compensation and restitution for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and other losses.
Contact a Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Contact attorney J. Todd Tenge; with offices in Boulder and Fort Collins, the Tenge Law Firm, LLC will make sure you and your family get the care and compensation you deserve.
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