Since 1994, accident attorney Chris Jeffress has been fighting for maximum compensation on behalf of individuals injured because of someone else's negligence. When it comes to a bicycle collision, a motorist's negligence can be life-altering or fatal.
If you've been injured in a bike accident in Boulder, call Mr. Jeffress for a complimentary consultation: 303-732-6634.
Were You Injured?
It goes without saying that you are completely vulnerable to injury on a bicycle. There's no protection other than that provided by your helmet. Serious bicycle injuries can have lasting consequences for your life, health and livelihood. In a case handled by attorney Chris Jeffress, he pursues maximum compensation for all of the ways his clients have been negatively affected by their bike accident. Damages in these cases often include:
- Medical bills
- Loss of wages
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished earning capacity
- Costs of future medical treatment
- Costs of assistive equipment, medications and in-home care
Costs can quickly add up, amounting to tens of thousands – even hundreds of thousands of dollars. Mr. Jeffress will tirelessly pursue full and fair compensation on your behalf. He will not rest until the best possible results have been obtained.
Potential Fault and Liability
While it's not always the case, it's not entirely uncommon for motorists to be at-fault in a bicycle crash. Consider some of the causes:
- Drunk drivers
- Distracted drivers
- Motorists who turn in front of you as you are approaching them
- Motorists who turn in front of you as you approach them from the rear
- Motorist turning left or right at an intersection without seeing you
- Motorist fails to yield right of way
According to bouldercolorado.gov, the majority of collisions between motorists and bicyclists occur at intersections and crosswalks. The City of Boulder goes on to say 60 percent of these collisions are caused by motorists who aren't looking for bicycles. One very common accident scenario is a motorist who turns right at an intersection, failing to see the bicyclist coming up behind them in the bike lane to the right. Another common scenario is a left-turning motorist in an intersection who checks for oncoming vehicles, but fails to see the approaching cyclist in the bike lane coming toward them.
Stay Safe on Boulder Roads this Summer
It is all of our responsibilities – bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians – to prevent collisions and accidents. We could greatly reduce these tragedies if everyone practiced greater caution, attention and care. Here are a few steps to reduce your risk of a crash on your bike:
- Obey lights and stop signs
- Ride with the flow of traffic
- Make your intentions known (use hand signals for turns, and don't swerve between vehicles)
- Check behind you before changing lanes or turning
- Wear brightly colored and reflective clothing and gear
- Use lights in the early mornings, in the evening and in the dark
- Keep your bicycle in good working order
As bicyclists, unfortunately we all know pretty well that defensive riding is a requirement. Try to anticipate the forthcoming actions of the motorists around you. And do your part to stay visible and ride in a predictable manner.
An Experienced Local Attorney On Your Side
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident in Boulder, Longmont, Broomfield or any of the surrounding areas, then attorney Chris Jeffress can tell you whether you have a case to pursue justice and compensation. For a free case review, please call our law firm at 303-732-6634.