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Motorcycle collisions are some of the most dangerous crashes. When it comes to death caused by motor vehicle negligence, motorcycles rank amongst the highest categories.
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), motorcyclists make up approximately three percent of vehicles on the road, but they account for 18% of overall fatalities. Negligent and distracted driving are among the main causes of motorcycle collisions.
If you are a motorcyclist who was injured by a distracted or reckless driver, contact Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson at (303)-458-5000 today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney, Jennifer L. Donaldson.
With nearly thirty years of experience, Jennifer L. Donaldson represents clients throughout Colorado in Centennial, Denver, Aurora, Lakewood, Westminster, and Grand Junction.
Motorcycle collisions in Colorado are generally considered negligence claims. Negligence requires individuals to exercise reasonable care when engaging in activities such as operating a car or motorcycle.
When assessing damages for claims in Colorado, the Legislature has enacted a modified version of comparative negligence. Generally, in comparative negligence cases, the amount in damages that a defendant must pay is adjusted based on the percentage of fault attributed to the plaintiff.
In Colorado, however, under C.R.S. § 13-21-111.5(1) if the fact finder finds that the plaintiff was equally, or more, at fault than the defendant for a collision, then a plaintiff is barred from recovering damages. This means the Plaintiff cannot recover damages unless the Defendant is found to be more at fault than the injured party.
What does all of this have to do with motorcycle collisions? When an individual is injured in a motorcycle crash in Colorado, whether the cyclist was at fault will be a major issue not only for damages, but for insurance purposes, and a host of other issues that follow motorcycle claims.
After being injured in a motorcycle crash, an individual may be subject to expensive medical bills, and time off work. If you have had the misfortune of being involved in a motorcycle collision, call an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you manage your bills and recover your losses.
Colorado Department of Transportation –Visit the Colorado Department of Transportation website for more information on statistics of motorcycle accidents. Also, find information on motorcycle safety and where to sign up for a motorcycle class.
Understanding whether you may be able to recover damages in a motorcycle collision is not easy to do without an experienced personal injury attorney. Talk to an attorney about how comparative negligence could affect your claim following a motorcycle collision.
Located in the heart of Denver County, Colorado, Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson also takes cases out of the neighboring counties of Arapahoe County, Adams County, Jefferson County, Broomfield County, and Boulder County.