With the great weather, beautiful vistas, and miles of scenic roadway that our state affords Colorado is a wonderful place to be a bicyclist. Bicyclists share the roadway with motorized vehicles like cars, trucks, buses, and motorcycles. Many of Colorado’s larger cities and towns have in recent years instituted dedicated “Bike lanes” for the exclusive use of bicyclists. However, collisions between bicyclists and motorized vehicles still occur far too often on Colorado roadways and the consequences can be life threatening for bicyclists.
When a car or truck negligently collides with a bicycle, the bicyclist is afforded less physical protection than is normally offered to occupants in the passenger compartment of a car or truck. Typically the bicyclists body comes in direct contact with the exterior of the car or truck that is colliding with them, or they are ejected from the bicycle onto the roadway or off the roadway altogether; often times resulting in serious life threatening injuries or even death.
So, if you have just been involved in an auto accident and you were injured by a negligent driver, what should you do next? Call the Andrews Law Firm, today. The law firm that you select to help you with your personal injury claim is probably the most important decision that you are faced with in this process.
At this point, you might be wondering: What is Negligence? Negligence is a deviation from that standard of care that a normal reasonable prudent person would take in the same circumstance.
Example: to cite a very simplified example: Stopping your vehicle appropriately on the approach to a red traffic signal (red traffic light) is the normal standard of care that a reasonable prudent person would exhibit. The opposite of this scenario: Running a red light is a violation of the normal standard of care, and is therefore negligent on a number of different levels. (Note: This scenario assumes that normal driving circumstances are applying).
So, what is a “Standard of Care”, what does that term mean? A Standard of Care is the care that a reasonable and prudent person would exercise under the same or similar circumstances.
Hiring the right law firm is a vitally important decision if your goal is to maximize your potential damages award while protecting your rights as an injured party. There are a lot of choices in the Denver personal injury lawyer market so, how do you know which law firm is the right choice for you?
At the Andrews Law Firm we believe in personal relationships, personal service, personalized care and passionate lawyers whose vocation is to help people injured in bicycle accidents. We are not a huge, impersonal personal injury mill. We treat our Clients the way that we would like to be treated, like people that are going through a very difficult, stressful and confusing time. People who are learning how to live with a new injury, and who need the help and advocacy of a law firm that really understands what they are going through on both a professional and personal level, that’s the Andrews Law Firm.
Below are some examples of the negligence of car and truck drivers which cause collision and injury to bicycle riders:
- Stopping abruptly in intersections, or illegally blocking vehicle traffic lanes
- Dropping debris on roadway
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Merging onto streets and highways without yielding to oncoming traffic
- Pulling out of driveways and striking bicyclists in the travel lanes
- Failure to obey traffic control devises (lights, stop signs, yield signs, etc…)
- Distracted driving from cell phone use, (Phone calls, texting, emailing, games, etc…)
- Failure to indicate lane changes and collision with bicyclists while changing lanes
- Speeding and inability to safely stop in time
- Unaware of the presence of a bicyclist on the roadway or surface street
- Striking bicyclists whilst traveling in bicycle lanes
- Striking bicyclists while merging or turning from the roadway
- Collisions at intersections (confusion over right of way leading to a collision)
- Collisions at stop signs or red traffic signals (confusion over right of way leading to a collision, or the “rolling stop” of a vehicle that did not fully stop for the sign or signal)
- Failure to yield right of way
- Intentional assaults